The Trial of Adolf Hitler

The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

The story of the courtroom drama that precipitated the rise of the Nazi party.

By David King Read by Jeff Harding History - European / Nonfiction / Politics English, Unabridged 12h 13m Sell Sheet
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							February 26, 1924 was the first day of the greatly anticipated high treason trial that would galvanize Germany - but few in the courtroom that morning anticipated that the leading defendant, General Erich Ludendorff, whose risky offensives during World War I doomed Germany to defeat, would soon be eclipsed by the private first class at his side, Adolf Hitler. Hitler was charged with treason after unsuccessfully trying to seize power in the notorious Beer Hall Putsch in Munich in 1923. Before the trial, Hitler was only a minor, if ambitious, local party leader. Yet, once the proceedings began, his days of relative obscurity were over. Including never-before-published sources, this richly informed, day-by-day account shows how Hitler metamorphosed into a mesmerizing demagogue and used his trial as a stage for Nazi propaganda. Chilling in the hypothetical questions it raises, The Trial of Adolf Hitler illuminates our understanding of Hitler's path to power.

"...A meticulously researched, deeply instructive work..." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"King affirms his reputation as a first-rate narrative historian in this account." - Publishers Weekly

"Engrossing and well-researched...[King] vividly sets the scene...This first book-length account in English of Hitler's trial makes an important contribution to the understanding of modern totalitarianism." - Christian Science Monitor

"Gripping...The Trial of Adolf Hitler provides a textbook example of how a determined demagogue can turn defeat into victory. It is also a disturbing portrait of how an advanced country can descend into chaos and of the human cost that this chaos entails." - Wall Street Journal

"As captivating as it is well researched and scholastically precise." - The New Criterion

"This is the definitive book on the Hitler trial in the English, German, or any language." - Peter Ross Range, author of 1924: The Year That Made Hitler

"A courtroom drama both farcical and ominous. An absorbing, detailed account of a crucial—but often overlooked—chapter in Hitler’s rise." - Joseph Kanon, author of The Good German and Leaving Berlin