Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: October 25, 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307701395
ISBN - 13: 9780307701398
From the Publisher
In this groundbreaking biography of Eva Braun, German historian
Heike B. Görtemaker delves into the startlingly neglected
historical truth about Adolf Hitler's mistress. More than just the
vapid blonde of popular cliché, Eva Braun was a capricious but
uncompromising, fiercely loyal companion to Hitler; theirs was a
relationship that flew in the face of the Führer's proclamations
that Germany was his only bride. Görtemaker paints a portrait of
Hitler and Braun's life together with unnerving quotidian
detail-Braun chose the movies screened at their mountaintop retreat
(propaganda, of course); he dreamed of retiring with her to Linz
one day after relinquishing his leadership to a younger man-while
weaving their personal relationship throughout the fabric of one of
history's most devastating regimes. Though Braun gradually gained
an unrivaled power within Hitler's inner circle, her identity was
kept a secret during the Third Reich, until the final days of the
war. Faithful to the end, Braun committed suicide with Hitler in
1945, two days after their marriage.
Through exhaustive research, newly discovered documentation, and
anecdotal accounts, Görtemaker has meticulously built a surprising
portrait of Hitler's bourgeois existence outside of the public eye.
Though Eva Braun had no role in Hitler's policies, she was never as
banal as she was previously painted; she was privy to his thoughts,
ruled life within his entourage, and held his trust. As horrifying
as it is astonishing, Eva Braun will undoubtedly be
referenced in all future accounts of this period.
From the Hardcover edition.