Format: Trade Paperback
Published: December 11, 2001
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0609808443
ISBN - 13: 9780609808443
Read from the Book
Around 400 B.C. the great Chinese strategist Sun Tzu brushed in the characters for the most profound sentence ever written about warfare: "The way to avoid what is strong is to strike what is weak." Adolf Hitler knew nothing of Sun Tzu. But for the first seven years of his dictatorship of Germany, from 1933 to 1940, he avoided strength, struck at weakness, and achieved such stunning success that he was on the threshold of complete victory. After 1940, however, Hitler abandoned a course of action that would have completed his victory. He attacked frontally into the strength of the Soviet Union, allowed Britain and the United States time to build immense military power, and was unable to prevent them from striking into Germany''s weakness. The collision of the Allies and Germans brought on the most titanic clash in history. But the outcome had already been foreshadowed by Hitler''s fatal mistakes in 1940 and thereafter. By 1945 Germany was shattered and Adolf Hitler dead. Hitler was one of the most evil monsters the world has ever known. But he was also a skilled politician. His political mastery boosted him into power and allowed him to hide his wickedness behind great economic, territorial, and military advances that he gained for Germany. Hitler did not seek rational goals, however. His aims were those of a maniac. He believed he could elevate the German people into a "master race" through restriction of marriages and sexual relations only among "Ary
From the Publisher
Most of us rally around the glory of the Allies'' victory over the
Nazis in World War II. The story is often told of how the good
fight was won by an astonishing array of manpower and stunning
tactics. However, what is often overlooked is how the intersection
between Adolf Hitler''s influential personality and his military
strategy was critical in causing Germany to lose the war.
With an acute eye for detail and his use of clear prose, acclaimed
military historian Bevin Alexander goes beyond counterfactual "What
if?" history and explores for the first time just how close the
Allies were to losing the war. Using beautifully detailed, newly
designed maps, How Hitler Could Have Won World War
II exquisitely illustrates
the important battles and how certain key movements and
mistakes by Germany were crucial in determining the war''s outcome.
Alexander''s harrowing study shows how only minor tactical changes
in Hitler''s military approach could have changed the world we live
How Hitler Could Have Won World War II untangles some of
the war''s most confounding strategic questions, such as:
Why didn''t the Nazis concentrate their enormous military power on
the only three beaches upon which the Allies could launch their
attack into Europe?
Why did the terrifying German panzers, on the brink of driving the
British army into the sea in May 1940, halt their advance and allow
the British to regroup and evacuate at Dunkirk?
With the chance to cut off the Soviet lifeline of oil, and
therefore any hope of Allied victory from the east, why did Hitler
insist on dividing and weakening his army, which ultimately led to
the horrible battle of Stalingrad?
Ultimately, Alexander probes deeply into the crucial intersection
between Hitler''s psyche and military strategy and how his paranoia
fatally overwhelmed his acute political shrewdness to answer the
most terrifying question: Just how close were the Nazis to victory?
Why did Hitler insist on terror bombing London in the late summer
of 1940, when the German air force was on the verge of destroying
all of the RAF sector stations, England''s last defense?
With the opportunity to drive the British out of Egypt and the Suez
Canal and occupy all of the Middle East, therefore opening a Nazi
door to the vast oil resources of the region, why did Hitler fail
to move in just a few panzer divisions to handle such an easy but
On the verge of a last monumental effort and concentration of
German power to seize Moscow and end Stalin''s grip over the
Eastern front, why did the Nazis divert their strength to bring
about the far less important surrender of Kiev, thereby destroying
any chance of ever conquering the Soviets?
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Bevin Alexander is the author of five books of military history,
including Lost Victories, which was named by the Civil War
Book Review as one of the seventeen books that has most transformed
Civil War scholarship. His battle studies of the Korean War,
written during his decorated service as a combat historian, are
stored at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. He lives in
Bremo Bluff, Virginia.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Bevin Alexander, an experienced military historian who writes with
clarity and alarm, here presents a new and insightful
interpretation of Hitler''s lost opportunities to win World War II.
In the process Alexander gives us a concise history of the war in
-- Martin Blumenson, author of The Patton Papers and
Patton: The Man Behind the Legend
"In his latest book, How Hitler Could Have Won World War
II, author Bevin Alexander has synthesized and analyzed the
military campaigns by Germany under Hitler''s control in such a
readable fashion as to intrigue both armchair generals as well as
serious students of military strategy and tactics. It should be a
required text for study at all military schools and war
-- Thomas H. Moorer, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), former chairman,
U.S. Joint chiefs of Staff
"Speculation is the handmaiden of a historian''s search for a story
of the past.... Bevin Alexander has compiled his ''What if?''s''
into a fascinating, plausible and, in retrospect, alarming scenario
of what might have been if only Hitler had been a bit more
rational, a bit better at grand strategy."
-- F. J. Kroesen, former commander-in-chief, U.S. Army-Europe, and
commander, NATO Central Army Group
From the Hardcover edition.