PRELUDE TO CALAMITY: The Nazi Revolution 1933-35 by Eliot Barculo Wheaton

PRELUDE TO CALAMITY: The Nazi Revolution 1933-35

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Eliot Wheaton's book on Hitler's rise to power cuts across several recent studies, more specifically concerned with Hitler's mass appeal, his relation to the army, the Church. The main portion of the book is presented in almost day-to-day chronicle form, covers the first Six months of Hitler's Chancellorship with chapters interjected on such subjects as the Centre Party and the Enabling Act. Wheaton charts Hitler's aggregation of power, pauses to brood on the rapidity, violence and scope of the Nazi onslaught, and the aspects of Hitler's emergence. He sees Hitler as a ""peerless demagogue endowed with an incisive and flexible mind unhampered by scruples."" The book seems more effective as a documentary than an analysis, although it does pause to consider such items as the Reichstag fire (exonerating the Nazis from involvement?), the Roehm purge, Hitler's racism. . . . A merger of record and reaction to low blow by low blow, more or less across the board.

Pub Date: May 10th, 1968
Publisher: Doubleday