Did Hitler - code name "Grey Wolf" - really die in 1945? Gripping new evidence shows what could have happened.
When Truman asked Stalin in 1945 whether Hitler was dead, Stalin replied bluntly, "No." As late as 1952, Eisenhower declared: "We have been unable to unearth one bit of tangible evidence of Hitler's death." What really happened? Simon Dunstan and Gerrard Williams have compiled extensive evidence - some recently declassified - that Hitler actually fled Berlin and took refuge in a remote Nazi enclave in Argentina. The recent discovery that the famous "Hitler's skull" in Moscow is female, as well as newly uncovered documents, provide powerful proof for their case. Dunstan and Williams cite people, places, and dates in over 500 detailed notes that identify the plan's escape route, vehicles, aircraft, U-boats, and hideouts. Among the details: the CIA's possible involvement and Hitler's life in Patagonia - including his two daughters.
©2011 Simon Dunstan, Gerrard Williams (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
Dunstan and Williams have approached an intriguing idea in a most unintriguing way. Did Hitler escape to Argentina in 1945 with the help of Martin Bormann? He could have. But there are too many holes in the Dunstan and Williams narrative to make an enlightened case. Specifically, they spend half the book dwelling on WWII history, which is time they could have spent proving their case. There is precious solid evidence here. If Hitler died in Argentina, where's the body for DNA testing? If he had daughters, where are they or their bodies for DNA testing? Ditto Eva Braun. And then there's the fact that the body of Martin Bormann, Hitler's major domo who was supposedly tooling around South America for years after the war, was actually unearthed years after WWII in Berlin, right around the spot a witness saw him die in May 1945. Dunstan and Williams never address that fact. One can only assume that they avoided it because they didn't have a good response. Relegate this one to fiction. It's too sloppy to be a credible work of scholarship.
After listening to this book twice, I'm really confused. It's as if the authors spent a while writing a wide-ranging, but unoriginal reiteration of established WWII history, then realized how unremarkable (and unmarketable) their work was. Then, they decide to tack on this far-fetched Hitler survival tale. I'm not saying that this audiobook isn't entertaining. If you suspend all of your critical instincts, it makes a nice, light WWII pastiche. (Not quite history, not totally fiction.) But, this shouldn't be confused with a good WW II history book. (Wm. L. Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is the mac-daddy of this genre...and really cheap on Audible.com.) Or, you can find an abundance of WW II fiction. But, this book doesn't really sit well in either genre. It's sort of a literary bait and switch. The outer appearances of this book and its initial passages suggest an intriguing story about Hitler surviving. But, after you buy it you find out that the vast majority of the book is a straight high school textbook-like reiteration of history, followed by a relatively bizarre goulash of stitched-together historical events, unsubstantiated reports, and conjectural sections. These conjectural sections are identified by the authors, in terms of where they start and stop. Its these sections that really make the book strange. Here's an example of the goulash:
- Start with a long, meandering preface (in the early part of the book) of general, reiterated WW II history.
- Switch to unsubstantiated "historical" reports about the preparations, actions, and results of Hitler's and Eva Braun's escape from Germany to Argentina.
- Insert one of these conjectural sections for titillation and color. One of the weirdest was one about the Hitler couple's visit to some German controlled Argentine resort, where they had monogrammed "AH" towels, etc.
I think you get the idea. Don't buy this book, if you want real history. Don't buy it, if you want good fiction. This book is the province of conspiracy thinkers and the semi-educated.
They could have been less wishy washy. Decide what you want to write. Write history, write fiction, or write historical fiction. This book is none of the above.
The narration was excellent.
No, the first one was bad enough.
Buy it if you have throw away credits and throw away time to listen to it.
No new knowledge here, nothing but supposition. It cites a bunch of known facts. then throws in pure conjecture with no research to back it up and no foundation. A high school history teacher would give this book an
A different Narrator would not have saved this tripe.
None at all. A complete waste of my monthly credit. The Authors should be ashamed of themselves. This is a conspiracy nut book, and a poorly written one at that.
Do not buy this book. It is not worthy of being on Audible. Pure junk.
I'm happy, that in time of electronic books and audio files trees should not be spent on such books. It's the worth possible attempt to introduce complete fiction in form of scientific research. You have long hours of water quality information about WWII, such information, that you may find in other much more interesting books, then you have some pieces of authors imagination, introduced as evidence. Save your money and buy some good book.
I found this audio intriguing and utterly engrossing. It is not hard to believe that Hitler escaped to Argentina, and the historical back up shows how this may well have happened. It is a well-presented case in a book that is seriously researched and very well written.
The narrator wasn't the problem.
This was a con artist of a book. It gave all kinds of useless information totally unrelated to its promised subject. It was boring and terrible. It was insulting to any listener. For example, the "authors" described President Harry Truman as a former Senator from Arkansas, when eveybody with the vaguest knowledge of American history knows that Truman was a former Senator from Missouri. The book was a total, unmitigated disgrace, not worthy of being offered by Audible to its customers.
The story needs more focus. It flails from one subject to another and never really reaches a conclusion.
Engaging unproved idea
Hitler was a forgettable little old man, rather in everyone's way.
The most interesting was the scene, and reasoning, behind the idea that the top Nazis fled, rather than die in the bunker.
It's well established that the SS robbed billions of dollars from almost anything that wasn't nailed down, and much that was. This was done, we're told, after they realised that they were going to lose. So why was there no escape route for Hitler? It always seemed a bit weird. Despotic leaders tend not to be the suicidal type.
This book is merely a story of the creation of the escape route, the escape, and the life in S. America. There's no evidence provided beyond claims of conversations with people who claimed to have overheard things. I might be doing them an injustice to some extent as this is, after all, an audiobook, and I didn't look at the bibliography, if there is one.
There are checkable claims (the report from the Russian officer tasked with finding the body, for example).
I enjoyed listening to it. I usually enjoy these sorts of
This was not stuff I knew.
He's just easy to listen to.
Harry Truman is not from Arkansas.
While this book does a good job presenting a story based on many interviews. It is presented as a story. So one misses the research side of things, that is the story of their research process. And while names are mentioned, there wasn't enough time spent on the people they talked to. Also there was a lot of time spent on basic WW2 history, which wasn't really necessary for the book.
It's worth listening to and they do make a compelling story.
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