Item description for Hitler's Table Talk 19411944: Secret Conversations by H. R. Trevor-Roper, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Norman Cameron & R. H. Stevens...
This is a new edition of a major document from World War II with additional, previously unavailable texts assembled from the stenographic record of Hitler's informal conversations ordered by Martin Bormann. These texts remain the classic collection of Hitler's nighttime monologues with his entourage, covering mostly nonmilitary subjects and long-range plans. Hitler lets his thoughts wander, never failing to provide an opinion on every subject. Additional documents from various archives make this the most complete English-language edition in print.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9" Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2007
Publisher Enigma Books
ISBN 1929631669 ISBN13 9781929631667
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More About H. R. Trevor-Roper, Gerhard L. Weinberg, Norman Cameron & R. H. Stevens
H.R. Trevor-Roper was the world renowned historian from Oxford and authored The Last Days of Hitler.
H. R. Trevor-Roper was born in 1914 and died in 2003.
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Great History Jul 20, 2008
An excellent source of information for scholars or those doing research on the subject of Adolf Hitler. The information allows one to see Hitler's inner workings much more than an autobiography. A perfect source for those that are studying Hitler and the World War II time period and written and published by very credible historians.
Hitler Direct from Hitler Jun 10, 2008
This is a rather unique book--reconstituted versions of monologs Hitler had with his associates, friends and staff during usually midday and evening meals. The period covered are July through December 1941; January through February, 1942; February through September 1942 (the largest number of entries); and a few entries from June 1943 and March through November 1944. These entries supposedly were taken down by several individuals and reviewed/edited by Martin Bormann acting as Hitler's private secretary. So this appears to be as close to hearing Hitler pontificate as we are likely to come.
And pontificate he does on a wide variety of topics--at length and frequently repeating himself from day to day. This must not have been fun to listen to day after day. Each of the 328 entries is dated, designated as to time, with a summarization of the topics covered. Occasionally, "special guests" (such as Himmler, Todt, and various military leaders--but never Goering) are identified as having been present; sometimes they pose questions to which Hitler responds. Hitler had opinions on about every topic you can imagine and let fly with his pronouncements without restraint. One interesting thing is that relatively few comments address the war that is going on--it is almost as if these sessions were meant to be escapes from that unpleasant topic (since the invasion of Russia occurs midway through the first batch of entries). A sampling of topics includes: building a network of autobahns in the Crimea and elsewhere in Russia after the way to facilitate the settlement of millions of German immigrants; intense anti-Christianity; admiration for Stalin and Mussolini; his admiration for the English people, hatred for Churchill, and belief that England would soon drop out of the war to save its Empire; architecture; waltzes; judges and the rule of law; FDR--a "sick brain"; Japan as an ally; his building plans for Berlin, Linz, Vienna; Americans--"brains of a hen"; Canada will be grabbed by the U.S.; and Stalingrad.
A couple of reactions stand out after reading some 548 pages of this. Hitler was very well read, especially in European history. His hatred for the Jewish people appears sporadically at the outset, but progressively becomes more persistent as time passes (but never any mention of the "final solution"). Some of the most interesting entries involve Hitler recounting his strategy during the early pre-1933 struggles for power and the opposition the Nazi party faced. It is also fascinating to see Hitler posing himself as a "builder"--of autobahns, museums, and capital cities--how ironic to say the least! I think the main problem of the book is that unless the reader is a dedicated student of the period, reading this book is like panning for gold--an occasional nugget pops up every so often but most of it is just uninteresting and repetitive. Reading Ian Kershaw's fine biography of Hitler would probably be a better investment of time for the general reader.
This edition contains helpful introductory essays by Gerhard L. Weinberg and the late H.R. Trevor-Roper, that put the book into perspective. There are three short appendices and a solid index.
A very unique source of information on Hitler Apr 6, 2008
There is some controversy among scholars as to the reliability of this book. However, most believe it's the real deal. I tend to agree. It consists of stenographics records recorded under the direction of Martin Borman of Hitler's private conversations on various subjects. It's really a fascinating book, where Hitler discusses a truly amazing number of historical, religious and philosphical subjects. I have a list of other books on documentary history relating to Nazi Germany and other forms of totalitarianism on my profile.