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Hitler's Third Reich in 100 Objects (Paperback)

A Material History of Nazi Germany

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By Roger Moorhouse, Foreword by Prof Richard Overy
Greenhill Books
Series: In 100 Objects
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 200 colour
ISBN: 9781784385163
Published: 19th May 2020



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An engaging and novel approach to a familiar history. Pleasingly comprehensive and accessible… highly recommended’ - Iron Cross magazine.

Hitler's Third Reich is still the focus of numerous articles, books and films: no regime of the twentieth century has prompted such a body of literature.

Collated by one of the world's leading historians of Nazi Germany and illustrated throughout, this book is an, compelling and revelatory guide to the Third Reich.

Ranging from documents and postcards to weapons and personal effects, these objects include Pervitin, Hitler's Mercedes, Hitler's grooming kit, the Messerschmitt 262, the Luger pistol, the Tiger Tank, Eva Braun's lipstick case, the underpants of Rudolf Hess, and, of course, the Swastika and Mein Kampf.

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Writing Magazine

If you are interested in the third Reich this book is for you.

A well-researched book, I could not put it down.

Mr J Stout - Roots Family History Service

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WW2 Today

The horror of this period in German and European history must be told and never forgotten, and this book tells that story so clearly. This is an engaging read that I would recommend to anyone with an interest in the history of the Third Reich or the Second World War. The object selections are spot-on, and Moorhouse has the period framed perfectly from #1 Hitler’s paint box to #100 Goring’s cyanide capsule. Those two objects in a way says it all. Highly recommended.

Gallipoli Association

An interesting guide to the history of the Third Reich.

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Miniaturas JM

A superbly presented collection of very diverse objects, documents, buildings, vehicles and weapons, which collectively give a snapshot of life in Nazi Germany, demonstrating its technological prowess on the battlefield, and methods of social control on the home front. Amongst these are many instantly recognisable items which one would expect to see, such as the Swastika, Mein Kampf, Tiger tank, Luger pistol, and the Judenstern gold star, but there are many more obscure ones with equally significant stories to tell, including forced labour and ration cards, the jerrycan, propaganda posters, the Volksturm armband, a souvenir beer stein from a Nuremberg Rally, and, most sinister of all, a canister of Zyklon-B. Each are described with mostly colour photographs over the course of two or three pages, and they demonstrate how even small and seemingly innocent objects can be put to dreadful use.

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Pegasus Archive

The ‘…in 100 Objects’ series is an interesting approach to history that combines the familiar with the surprising. The author has selected a broad range of objects that neatly encapsulate the Third Reich. – Highly Recommended

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As one would expect from Roger Moorhouse, an author with impeccable credentials, this is a brilliant book which is beautifully photographed, in full colour, with clear and detailed explanatory accounts to explain the significance of each object and its role in the history of WWII. The book is a fascinating snapshot of the war and revealed much that was unknown to me. Broad in its choice of
artefacts, from the holocaust and across the war, to technology and social objects, the book is a veritable and informative treasure trove.

Having met Rudolf Hess in Spandau Prison, I was surprised and amused to see his quaint underpants worn following his flight to Scotland featured as an article explaining his extraordinary flight. Especially sad are the relics of the Jewish experience, a reminder of the savagery unleashed across Europe by the Germans.

A remarkable book and highly recommended.

Dr Adrian Greaves

This is one of my favourite ways to tell history – through the objects that would have been in use, or around at the time, I really love that they can link social history back to them too.

This book provides a great insight in to some of the lesser well known objects and some that are a little unexpected too! What this book gives the reader is a wide range of objects that illustrate all aspects of life of that period, from politics to the normal, mundane life and I liked that there is such a real variety and it is not solely down to just what was associated with Hitler himself, there was after all more than just him in The Third Reich and it is a refreshing change to see this having a different focus in the main.

There are so many objects that could have been chosen for this book, I love the ones that Roger Moorhouse has chosen – I am sure that it was not an easy task to select the ones he has and I am sure there would be scope for a follow up to this book too if there was interest I for one would definitely be keen to read it!

It is 5 stars from me for this one, this was a fascinating book and I have told my husband, who also has a strong interest in WWII, to read this one as soon as possible – I loved the different way of broaching this subject and it is one for me that stands out from other books that cover this period – very highly recommended!!

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Donnas Book Blog

The caution is that if you have a few minutes to read one entry you get drawn into the next and the next. This book is that readable.
We highly recommend it.

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Clash of Steel

Well chosen and strikingly illustrated, with clear, concise text, this book is highly recommended for someone wanting to gain an insight into life in, and the life of, the Third Reich.

Five stars.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

I am fascinated by the evil of Hitler's Nazi Germany, and I believe that it's essential that we don't lose sight of what went on in those days - the chilling rise of far right politicians and their evil followers is something I thought and hoped I would never live to see again. Nevertheless, this book is the equivalent of a museum for me - absolutely fascinating and essential reading.

Books Monthly

Beautifully illustrated in full colour. Highly recommended.

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Eric Lee

This book mixes well objects that were functional to the war waged by Hitler, objects that are inextricably linked to the fate of millions of people oppressed and killed for a wrong ideology, and objects that do nothing but suggest that famous essay by Hannah Arendt "The Banality of Evil". This book introduces us to the stories behind these objects and manages to summarize, from an iconographic point of view, what that terrible period was like.

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On The Old Barbed Wire

this is a novel book and superbly written. It has numerous iconic items, some infamous ones, some relatively unheard-of items and some that are just exceptional. It is well worth reading and it summaries the history of the period in perhaps the most notable 100 objects from the era.

Dr Stuart C Blank

Moorhouse is an historian with an extraordinary gift for telling detail... Hitler's Third Reich in 100 Objects performs two essential tasks when it comes to remembering Nazi Germany. First, it conveys how a single, 12-year period — as Richard Overy points out in his introduction — "continues to exert a macabre fascination long after its violent demise". At the same time, it decouples beauty from politics, forcing the reader to confront how the former can be dragooned into service by the latter, but need not be.


The style of Moorhouse’s writing is very clear, informative and coherent, the pictures of each of the items are clear and classy there is no dull or grainy pictures of film etc, it’s just a very well published book. I could keep praising this book because it is so good, but I better stop. This gets a definite 5 star rating from this reviewer for sure.

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UK Historian

The book is an engaging and novel approach to a familiar history. Pleasingly comprehensive and accessible, it would work just as well as a coffee-table volume or as a study aid for history students. Either way, it is highly recommended and is this issue's 'Editor's Choice'.

Iron Cross Magazine, issue 1 – reviewed by Andy Saunders

Malvern Festival 2019 publicity – '2019 keynote speaker highlights' – Roger Moorhouse features

History of War, issue 73

What I was more impressed by, apart from the quality of both, images and writing, was the way these disparate objects and the narrative behind them managed to give me a good sense of what life was like at the time, without having to read tonnes and tonnes of pages full of dry information. This book illustrates well the power of images.

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Author Translator, Olga Nunez

Editor's Choice

The Armourer, May 2018

I heartily commend and praise the author’s refreshing manner of presentation and encourage others to explore other innovative ways to present the same information.

Kunwon Saw - Freelance Reviewer

The style of writing is clear and coherent, the illustrations crisp and of excellent quality, and the book well-rounded and accessible to all. Whether the reader is just interested in this period of history or an academic, it is very highly recommended.

Britain at War, February 2018 – reviewed by Alina Nowobilska

The premise, the research and intent of this book as a different way of looking at the Third Reich, makes this truly an interesting book.

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Amazon review, atticusfinch1048

The Third Reich is a continued subject of fascination. Numerous documentaries, of widely varying quality, can be found on television every day; newspaper articles and stories feature stories relating to the Nazis on a weekly basis, and publishers are producing new books on the subject which appear on the shelves of the high street booksellers.

However, most of these do not represent the personal angle of the period that Roger Moorhouse has cast light upon in The Third Reich in 100 Objects. Moorhouse has complied a widely diverse collection of items from Nazi Germany. Each item is pictured, and has a detailed description of its relevance to the German citizen, or indeed the German leadership in some cases.

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Recollections of WWII


History Revealed, September 2017

About Roger Moorhouse

Roger Moorhouse is an historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed Hitler's Third Reich in 100 Objects and The Devil's Alliance, and has been published in more than 20 languages. He is also a tour guide and visiting professor at Warsaw's College of Europe. You can see him on Twitter at @Roger_Moorhouse.

About Prof Richard Overy

Professor Richard Overy is a British historian and a Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has published several books on Nazi Germany and World War II including a biography of Hermann Göring, Goering: Hitler’s Iron Knight. In 2001, he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morison Prize of the Society of Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the British Academy, and of King’s College London.

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