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  • Author:
    Giles MACDONOGH
  • ISBN:
    071956770X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0719567704
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    Basic Books; First edition (2007)
  • Pages:
    640 pages
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    Europe
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Giles MacDonogh’s book chronicles this saga from the liberation of Vienna to the 1948 Berlin airlift and 1949 formation of Konrad Adenauer’s government in. .Giles MacDonogh’s After the Reich is important and timely.

Giles MacDonogh’s book chronicles this saga from the liberation of Vienna to the 1948 Berlin airlift and 1949 formation of Konrad Adenauer’s government in Bonn. It makes grimmer reading than most war stories, because there is little redemptive courage or virtue. Here is a catalogue of pillage, rape, starvation, inhumanity, and suffering on a titanic scale. The book brings together many stories that deserve to be much better known in the West. MAX HASTINGS, Sunday Times (London).

In the chaos after the Reich an astonishing . million ordinary citizens were killed. This harrowing history uncovers the extraordinary stories of real German people from all walks of life in the aftermath of the Second World War. See all Product description. I wanted to like this book by Giles MacDonogh more than I actually did. After the Reich had its moments of great interest as it recounted the chaotic, brutal, and bloody aftermath of World War 2 in Germany. However, there were times where it deviated from its focus.

MacDonogh is the author of fourteen books, chiefly about German history; he has also written about gastronomy and wine. After the Reich: From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift, John Murray (2007)

MacDonogh is the author of fourteen books, chiefly about German history; he has also written about gastronomy and wine. In 1988 he won a Glenfiddich Special Award for his first book, A Palate in Revolution (Robin Clark) and was shortlisted for the André Simon Award. His books have been translated into French, Italian, Bulgarian, German, Chinese, Slovakian, Spanish, Russian and Polish. After the Reich: From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift, John Murray (2007), ISBN 978-0-7195-6770-4. 1938 Hitler's Gamble, Constable (2009)

After the Reich book.

After the Reich book. In doing so, he has finally given a voice the millions of who, lucky to survive the war, found themselves struggling to survive a hellish OC peace.

In After the Reich, Giles MacDonogh, a British author of several books about German history, chronicles the final weeks of the war and the occupation that followed. MacDonogh works to assemble a massive indictment of the victors, and his array of detail and individual stories is both impressive and exhausting. But he's far less successful in navigating the tricky moral terrain that such a subject inevitably occupies. As a result, his is a deeply flawed book.

Giles MacDonogh is a bon viveur and a historian of wine and gastronomy, but in this book, pursuing his other consuming interest - German history - he serves a dish to turn the strongest of stomachs. It makes particularly uncomfortable reading for those who compare the disastrous occupation of Iraq unfavourably to the post-war settlement of Germany and Austria

Giles Macdonogh expertly charts the varied experiences of all who found . MacDonogh is the author of eleven books on subjects as diverse as German history, French gastronomy and wine.

Giles Macdonogh expertly charts the varied experiences of all who found themselves in the German melting pot. His people-focused narrative unveils shocking truths about how people continued to treat each other, even outside the confines of war. It is a crucial lesson for our times. After the Reich is the first history to give the full picture of Germany's bitter journey to reconstruction.

Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for After the Reich: From the Liberation of.MacDonogh is the author of eleven books on subjects as diverse as German history, French gastronomy and wine

MacDonogh is the author of eleven books on subjects as diverse as German history, French gastronomy and wine. He has written for major newspapers in Britain and Europe such as the Financial Times, the Guardian and The Times. He contributes to magazines all over the world. Country of Publication.

After the Reich: From the Liberation of Vienna to the Berlin Airlift. By spring of 1945, Germany was a nation in tatters, with many urban population centers literally flattened by the bombings. 2007 (First Published).

From an expert in German history--a masterful exploration of the horrific aftermath of World War II for the citizens of a ruined nation.

When the Third Reich collapsed in 1945, the Allied powers converged on Germany and divided it into four zones of occupation. A nation in tatters, in many places literally flattened by bombs, was suddenly subjected to brutal occupation by vengeful victors. Rape was rampant. Hundreds of thousands of Germans and German-speakers died in the course of brutal deportations from Eastern Europe. By the end of the year, Germany was literally starving to death. Over a million German prisoners of war died in captivity, where they were subjected to inadequate rations and often tortured. All told, an astounding 2.25 million German civilians died violent deaths in the period between the liberation of Vienna and the Berlin airlift.

A shocking account of a massive and vicious military occupation, After the Reich offers a bold reframing of the history of World War II and its aftermath. Historian Giles MacDonogh has unearthed a record of brutality which has been largely ignored by historians or, worse, justified as legitimate retaliation for the horror of the Holocaust.

Drawing on a vast array of contemporary firstperson accounts, MacDonogh has finally given a voice to tens of millions of civilians who, lucky to survive the war, found themselves struggling to survive a hellish peace.


Cobandis
What an outstandingly researched and authored book describing from first hand and historical factual accounting, the allied "invasion" of Germany, Austria etc. post Reich. My personal opinions follow the reading of this excellent account. It is shocking and quite horrendous to read about the absolute brutality individuals suffered at the hands of the Russians the Czechs, the Americans, British and French. To argue that Germans as a whole did not pay for their transgressions, would be wholly inaccurate. Shocking was the Nacht und Nebel practiced by the Russians who argued that since they suffered invasion and subsequent brutality at the hands of the Germans, felt completely absolved from any kind of appalling behavior on their part. The wholesale rape of women by the Russians was unspeakable. Other allied forces engaged in this disgraceful torture as well, but the Russians participated in it with the vengeance of self entitlement. The allies would like to portray themselves as being benign and law abiding caretakers of a post WWII Germany but this would be so far from the truth as to be an utter lie. The mass starvation, feral starving and dying children and dreadful conditions thrust upon German civilians and POW's alike, combined with slave labor many if not most of them were subjected to, is stunning. The victors embraced the same behaviors as the conquered. The suicide rates amongst civilians and POW's continued many many years after 1945 due to inhabitable living conditions, starvation and hopelessness. Clearly, war, regardless of the causes and the instigators is a nightmarish scenario where there are never ever any winners. Everyone loses in every way. Will humanity never learn?
Fohuginn
This should be taught in all schools, being American, German, and Russian... the Russians were just deplorable and many should have been shot! They were brutal and all under orders from Stalin that not only allowed them to Rape & Pillage and ordered them to do so
Gadar
“After the Reich” is to my mind the definitive account of Germany’s post-war experience. Even a casual reader of Modern European history will have acquired, if only by osmosis, a reasonably solid understanding of how and why the Germans reaped what they had sown, will be familiar with the success and shortcomings of the Nuremberg war trials and the years-long jousting between the victorious allies about how to allocate the spoils. But, not surprisingly, it turns out that this knowledge only skims the surface of the real story, a story that will make readers both cringe and marvel, and inevitably come away with a whole new appreciation of the war’s aftermath.

The first part of the book unsurprisingly reads very much like “Savage Continent,” Keith Lowe’s account of the retributive machinations of damaged and disaffected populations throughout the continent taking advantage of their bloody victories to settle old scores with surpassing brutality. MacDonogh naturally focuses on the German experience and his descriptions of the predations of all of the occupying forces, and especially the Russian orgy of rapine, is at least as difficult, if edifying, to get through as Lowe’s accounts.

But the story is of course much more than that and, indeed, so much more that a knowledgeable reader will likely credit this as the definitive work on the subject. I found especially interesting the author’s reflections on the shaky legal underpinnings of the Nuremberg trials and the disconcerting conclusions of his research demonstrating beyond contradiction that an amazing number of bad Nazi actors not only escaped justice but in many instances did so simply because both Allied and German prosecutorial officials grew tired of the game. Finally, I know of no better account of how thoroughly Russia dominated the tripartite spoils competition, partly due to Stalin’s preternatural gall and duplicity, the fact that Russian forces first occupied territories that Britain and America knew were not going to relinquished without a fight they were unable to offer, and the combination of Roosevelt’s failing health and inexplicable, if difficult to quantify, trust in Stalin.

Our modern vision of Germany as a peaceful, prosperous and progressive nation makes this book all the more important because it demonstrates as nothing else that I’ve read how close to Hell the country and its people had to come before the eventual redemption. Believe me when I say that no associative readings in European history have equipped you with the knowledge this book provides. I recommend it as essential reading for the serious History buff.
Nejind
I wanted to like this book by Giles MacDonogh more than I actually did. After the Reich had its moments of great interest as it recounted the chaotic, brutal, and bloody aftermath of World War 2 in Germany. However, there were times where it deviated from its focus. It got sidetracked in Austria for a while, and its endless focus on the brutal Allied actions in occupied Germany in the immediate aftermath of war was a far lengthier account than it needed to be. No question it was a horrific was a time, but it became exhausting to continue reading this author's account of that time, which is why I paused reading for a few months but finally finished 6 months to finish. As a far better alternative, I found Keith Lowe's outstanding history, Savage Continent, about the same period, to be a much better book, truly an eye-opening read, which I would recommend far more than MacDonogh's book. Unfortunately, After the Reich just didn't live up to Lowe's brilliant book about the same period.