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Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich Kindle Edition
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The Nazi fascination with the occult is legendary, yet today it is often dismissed as Himmler’s personal obsession or wildly overstated for its novelty. Preposterous though it was, however, supernatural thinking was inextricable from the Nazi project. The regime enlisted astrology and the paranormal, paganism, Indo-Aryan mythology, witchcraft, miracle weapons, and the lost kingdom of Atlantis in reimagining German politics and society and recasting German science and religion.
In this eye-opening history, Eric Kurlander reveals how the Third Reich’s relationship to the supernatural was far from straightforward. Even as popular occultism and superstition were intermittently rooted out, suppressed, and outlawed, the Nazis drew upon a wide variety of occult practices and esoteric sciences to gain power, shape propaganda and policy, and pursue their dreams of racial utopia and empire.
“[Kurlander] shows how swiftly irrational ideas can take hold, even in an age before social media.”—The Washington Post
“Deeply researched, convincingly authenticated, this extraordinary study of the magical and supernatural at the highest levels of Nazi Germany will astonish.”—The Spectator
“A trustworthy [book] on an extraordinary subject.”—The Times
“A fascinating look at a little-understood aspect of fascism.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Kurlander provides a careful, clear-headed, and exhaustive examination of a subject so lurid that it has probably scared away some of the serious research it merits.”—National Review
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B071PBGSS5
- Publisher : Yale University Press (6 June 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3099 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 461 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0300189451
- Best Sellers Rank: 146,589 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m not going to lie, reading this was a massive struggle. The subject itself is highly fascinating and it’s immediatly obvious that the author has put in immense effort. He’s done his research very well and put in a lot of passion to write this. He touches on interesting points and takes the topic serious. Making an obvious effort to avoid producing sensational garbage. That being said...it is NOT the easiest read. The beginning in particularly can be VERY dry. He does mention that the beginning was going to be a task to read because he wanted to make sure that the reader gets the right foundation to understand the content in the later chapters. He wasn’t lying. At times, he does introduce so many people that you have to work to keep up with who is who and what they contribute to the narrative. It could be an academic piece, but all it’s missing is the copious amounts of footnotes, that is typical to academic papers. If your looking for an introduction, or general explanation then maybe this book isn’t for you. If your a serious student, or dedicated reader this could work for you. It’s a shame this wasn’t written to be more easy to read, as the world is in desperate need of a book that breaks down the occult connections/fascinations the Nazis had. Something that addresses the ludacris conspiracy theories but also isn’t afraid to dig deep into some uncomfortable (and overlooked) territory.
Delivery was very quick and arrived in excellent condition.
1) well written and very well researched.
1) very difficult to follow as the writing isn’t easy to follow.
2) certain chapters, especially the beginning ones, can be VERY dry.