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Dan L. about  Göring:
Reading this book, one wonders what would have happened if someone other than Göring, a drug addict, slacker, looter and idiot, commanded the Luftwaffe?

Irving's well researched book traces Goring's life from his childhood in Bavaria through his education at a military academy where he first fell in love with smartly trimmed uniforms, through his experience as a Fighter Pilot in W.W.I, then through his early connection with Hitler and what Hitler stood for in the years of humiliation and finally, to the years of power as Hitler's second in command.

Irving leaves no doubt that Goring was a monster, a monster who had no second thoughts about engineering the deaths of countless numbers of innocent people. He found it aesthetically unpleasing, however, to actually witness any of these "unpleasantries."

Goring was a coward who pretended to be brave and heroic. He was a morphine addict because he couldn't tolerate pain, but had no qualms about inflicting pain on others. He was honest to no one, not to himself, not to his fellow officers, and certainly not to Hitler. A great percentage of his energy during the war years went to fabricating alibis and hiding from Hitler so he wouldn't have to admit to his responsibility for many great failures, particularly where the Luftwaffe was concerned.

All in all, a gem of a book and as usual, in Irving's meticulously high standards. Read it together with Irving's biography of Milch, and you get a feel of the real Luftwaffe.
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Jaenelle about  Banged Up:
Anyone who is outraged by political correctness will enjoy this book. It is an easy read with loads of colour pictures. Mr Irving's narrative of his arrest and imprisonment in Austria will make you want to laugh and cry at the same time.
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Paul Smith about  Banged Up:
Compelling read about the circumstances of Mr Irving's arrest and imprisonment in Austria. Even handed narrative and real eye opener about the bizarre legal system in Austria. Well worth reading. Thank you for such an honest and balanced account.
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Thomas Tidswell about  Nuremberg, the Last Battle:
An expectedly-thorough analysis of an area of War history that benefits from repeating the premise that whatever the standpoint, "War Crimes" as such were "Victors' Justice" created and imposed after the event and, rather closer than bore scrutiny, all the Allied Nations were, themselves, equally guilty of the offences.
A worthy addition to the author's canon of work.
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Tragic story of the murder of thousands of civilians and the destruction of one of Europe's most beautiful cities. A must read for any David Irving fan. It was his first book and it brought the horrors of Dresden into the public eye. You will really feel for the Germans as you read this.
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What I love about David Irving's histories is that they are always written "in the moment" from the subject's point of view. This makes for a very exciting narrative all culled from Irving's deep researches in the archives, diaries, letters, and interviews with people close to the subject. It is like you are reliving history as it actually happens.

The first two volumes of the biography show a very balanced view of Churchill, both positive and negative, as any historian should approach a subject. In many ways, it was Churchill's negative characteristics, his stubbornness, vanity, his desperate clutching for political power when it was all but gone, and ruthlessness with his opponents, that proved to be exactly what Britain needed to win its war with Hitler. The negative consequence of this was of course the loss of Britain's Empire and Soviet supremacy in Eastern Europe.

Irving's archive work all over the world has brought forward some amazing gems of knowledge concerning many of Churchill's contemporaries in England, and also of people like Roosevelt and the Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King whose dabblings with mysticism and superstition provide some comic relief to the narrative. More serious and controversial is Churchill's wartime dealings with Stalin.

Much like his biographies of the major players on the German side of the war, Irving has created another historical gem backed by massive documentary detail, this time about the goings on of "our" side. Another stunning achievement.
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Steven Wojtak about  Hess: The Missing Years 1941-1945:
The book was really interesting. Was Hess insane or faking? Was the real Hess in prison or a substitute? Was Hess killed or suicide? These questions are answered in the book so you will have to buy it to find out. Mr. Irving is first rate as always.
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Joseph Austin-Crowe about  Apocalypse 1945: The Destruction of Dresden:
I can only review this work on its literary impact, not its historical authenticity. However, it has the ring of truth about it.

Originally I intended to provide copies of this book as gifts to friends and family who were interested in history, generally. But what of the impact of actually reading about the horrors? Were we not brought up to believe we were the 'goodies', and not the 'baddies'?

As a child I wondered what it must have been like for the 'other side' to be 'the baddies'.

With Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, I came to a realisation that the goodie/baddie distinction was quite borne of personal perspective. Suffering occurs wholesale by both combatants' families.

Now, cast away the smugness and righteousness of what 'our boys' did, and be drawn emotionally into the lives of the other side. Real people who felt the same way about the war. However, they lost, so to the vanquished go no spoils.

Well done, Mr Irving, but your work in this case does not a stocking-filler make. It sits upon my shelves as far more a sacred text than perhaps it was intended.
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Joseph Austin-Crowe about  The Mare's Nest:
The book follows a fascinating parallel narrative, where the two 'sides' are presented in their modes of thinking, yet hints of the outcomes of any decisions (other than the obvious!) are provided as tantalising teasers to each next chapter.

The entire subject, that is, weapon development in WWII - may seem vast, but really this is a treatment of the intelligence efforts relating to the V-weapons. When considered, should any document on this subject not be more than a very narrow, dry, discourse?

Quite the opposite! Mr Irving provides insight into the personalities involved, fairly treating them with absolutely no obvious bias one way or the other.

I found myself, on two or three occasions, second-guessing (not accepting?) Mr Irving's analysis of some of the player's motivations (eg, Cherwell), but then realising that this is part of the good authorship of this book: A viewpoint is not so hammered down that it is not left open to some interpretation. This, I find, is commendable.
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Mr.Irving takes the gloves off with this informative and well researched book. Although written in the early sixties, it hasn't lost it's impact. The Allies went way overboard in destroying the city of Dresden despite it's limited strategic value.
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How different the world might have been without Churchill. I guess it is no use of having power if you don't use it and he certainly did.
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Not an easy book to read, (particularly if you are not a Hungarian, and you have never set foot in the country).
In order to truly understand what actually happened to Hungary, one must be aware of all of the events that led up to the events of 1956: No one does that better than David Irving!
I look foreward to the response of my Hungarian friends- after I have loaned them this book.
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As the description says, this DVD is completely unedited. Mr Irving really is "talking frankly". The first part of the DVD is about his life and career and the second part addresses a lot of FAQ about the holocaust. Fans of David Irving, particularly those who don't have an opportunity to attend his talks in person, will enjoy this DVD about their favourite author and historian.
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Mr Mike Mosley about  Hitler's War DVD:
Fast Delivery,well packaged and David included a signed photo,many thanks.Excellent,Informative Documentary Film and the perfect companion to the Book.
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Great DVD , alot of information I've not heard about before and realy made you think about the way Himmler worked , in the context of the war before and during. Details of the case are put forward in an engaging way , with handy visual documents on screen to inform during the talk. Some nice little extras as well. I look forward to Himmler biography later this year if this is a taste of what is to come.
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David Irving's "The War Between The Generals" focuses on personal rivalries, strategic disputes, national conflicts and other forces that threatened the Allied command from within.

Irving's writing style is superb, with the pacing and detail of a thriller novel and the facts and insights of real history. Why can't more historians write like this?

The most serious Allied dispute dealt with Eisenhower's "Broad Front Strategy", in which Anglo-American forces would move across large sectors of France in the final push into Germanny vs. Montgomery's "Full Blooded Thrust", wherein a huge Allied Army would march on a narrow axis directly into the Ruhr Valley to capture and destroy Germany's industrial region.

This broad front vs. full blooded thrust originated out of each commander's national needs. Montgomery knew that the British Empire teetered on the edge of bankruptcy and was down to her last manpower reserves. A quick victory in Europe would thus preserve the Empire.

Eisenhower sought to maintain the Anglo-American coalition and pursue a low risk strategy of incremental advance across the entire Western Front. Eisenhower also wanted to maintain the autonomy of American commanders like George S. Patton. Ultimately, Ike decided that America, the major contributor of men, material and money, would call the strategic shots.

The arrogance and incompetence of the French is examined in great detail. Shockingly, De Gaulle routinely fed the names of dissidents who loved France but not De Gaulle to the Gestapo so as to eradicate any rival political forces.

Irving packs in great details such as the German V-1, V-2 and V-3 superweapons, the Allied VX proximity fuses and many other fascinating facts.

I highly recommend this work of history as it demonstrates how the Allies first had to overcome themselves before they could vanquish the Axis Powers.
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Jaenelle about  Hitler's War DVD:
This DVD, based off the book of the same name, is a great documentary of Germany in World War II. It packs a lot of information into two hours. You will want to watch it more than once!
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I meant to give this five stars, but accidentally clicked four. It is a great book. Highly recommended.
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David Irving's The Destruction of Convoy PQ-17 is a well-researched and well-written story of one of the northern Lend-Lease convoys to Soviet Russia during World War II. Due to a series of maneuvers by the Germans, messages by the British, and mistakes, the convoy scattered and suffered very high losses to German U-boat and air attack before the survivors finally reached Soviet Russia. Irving's account of this action is one of the most readable narratives of any sea action that I have ever read.

Irving's account of the battle is extremely well-researched. He recounts how confused and in the dark both the British and German commands were during the battle. Much of his story is based on archival research into both the British and German commands' actions and decisions, but he fleshes out the story with great narratives based on ship logs, the memoirs of many participants, and interviews with many of the survivors. The personal stories help add a human dimension to the story, as he recounts the difficulty of trying to survive at sea in the northern latitudes with German aircraft and U-Boats stalking the ships.
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Erik Haugholt-Pedersen about  Gift Wrapping:
To Jørn Hallvard Ø. from Gamlenissen himself!
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