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The Nemesis of Power: the German Army in Politics 1918-1945
The Nemesis of Power: the German Army in Politics 1918-1945
By John W. Wheeler-Bennett
St. Martin's Press, 1953, 829 pp

An outstanding historian of near-contemporary affairs here analyzes the fateful and ultimately suicidal rôle of the army in German politics under Weimar and Hitler. Possible analogies between those days and the present are indicated but not over stressed. Though some of the ground has been previously covered by Walter Görlitz in "Der Deutsche Generalstab" and Telford Taylor in "Sword and Swastika," the book, which is exceptionally well written, is an important if not definitive contribution to this question.