Hitler’s Aristocrats: The Secret Power Players in Britain and America Who Supported the Nazis, 1923–1941

St. Martin’s. Mar. 2023. 464p. ISBN 9781250276551. $32.50. HIST
A person such as Hitler, initially lacking position or connections, does not rise to power in a vacuum. Historian and biographer Ronald (The Ambassador) meticulously documents Hitler’s rise to power by focusing on the societal and political entourage he cultivated. The book shows that Hitler’s true source of eventual power came from the aristocrats who were willing to become spies, the governmental officials who pushed his agenda to the British and United States, and commercial giants that secretly supplied a future war effort. According to the author, well-known supporters included Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Joseph Kennedy, and British Monarch King Edward VIII. In exchange, the British elite wanted their lifestyle to continue uninterrupted, and Hitler assured them he could facilitate this outcome, although he downplayed the need for another world war. The book’s claims are well documented with appendices, a glossary, notes, and a bibliography.
VERDICT Recommended for informed readers who want to know more about the international clandestine machinations that enabled World War II to occur.
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