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The Truth About Rudolf Hess (Hardback)

WWII All Frontline Books Hitler & the Third Reich

By James Douglas-Hamilton
Frontline Books
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781473876163
Published: 12th May 2016




Featured in 'Reporting Scotland' on BBC TV Scotland 09/05/16, Scotsman on Sunday 08/05/16, The Herald 07/05/16, The Sun, Aberdeen Press and Journal 10/05/16 and on BBC Radio Scotland ‘Good Morning Scotland’ from 02:55:00

As featured on Antiques Road Trip (episode 12 – 19/9/2016), where the author helps presenter James Braxton to discover the story behind one of the most intriguing incidents of World War II

"James Douglas-Hamilton's fascinating book sheds light on the remarkable story of Rudolf Hess's peace mission" writes Lord Lexden for The House Magazine.

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Rudolf Hess flew to Britain seventy five years ago, in one of the most extraordinary and bizarre episodes of the Second World War. Hess parachuted into Scotland on 10 May 1941 to the astonishment of the British Government. It was the very same day that the House of Commons was burnt to the ground by German incendiary bombs. In a New and Expanded Edition of his book ‘The Truth About Rudolf Hess’, James Douglas-Hamilton explores many of the myths which still surround the affair. He traces the developments which persuaded Hess to undertake the flight without Hitler`s knowledge, and shows why he chose to approach the Duke of Hamilton. In the process he highlights the importance of Albrecht Haushofer, one-time envoy for Hitler and Ribbentrop and consultant on foreign affairs to Hess, who was eventually executed by the SS without trial because of his involvement with the German Resistance to Hitler. Drawing on British War Cabinet papers and the author`s unparalleled access to both the Hamilton papers and the Haushofer letters, this New Edition of The Truth About Rudolf Hess takes the reader into the heart of the Third Reich, combining an account of tumultuous and murderous events, with a scholarly historical approach.

The extent of the author's personal victory over unduly secretive officials is evident in this memorable and moving book.

Lord Lexden

Many questions have been asked over the years about Hess's doomed peace mission. Was he insane? Did Hitler have any advance warning? How did his plan elude British radar? Why didn't Churchill exploit this propaganda gift to embarrass Hitler? Why did Hess remain in prison until his suicide in 1987, long after other Nazi leaders had been released? Definitive answers can be found in this absorbing book.

The House Magazine, October 2016 - reviewed by Lord Lexden

This is an excellent read quite apart from being a credible analysis of the events surrounding Hess's decision to come to Britain. New evidence enables the author to dismiss many of the conspiracies surrounding the most bizarre event of the war. He does this very effectively, leaving little left uncertain. An interesting amount of attention is paid to Albrecht Haushofer who was hugely influential in Hess's decision to come to this country and to seek out the Duke of Hamilton whom he had never met. This book is a must for those interested in war history but it is also a rewarding read for those with a more casual interest. It is a very important contribution to war history.

Amazon, D. A. Osler

in a new and expanded edition of this book, drawing on wartime documents and reports (including many which were only declassified just in time to be included) James Douglas - Hamilton, the son of the Duke of Hamilton, has revealed the truth about Hess, and in doing so, produced one of the most absorbing books I have read for a long time.

Britain at War Magazine June 2016

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The Herald Scotland 9/5/16

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Scottish Sun 10/5/16

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Aberdeen Press and Journal

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The Scotsman

About James Douglas-Hamilton

James Douglas-Hamilton read history at Balliol College, was a Boxing Blue and President of the Oxford Union. After a spell in the legal profession, he became the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West, and later a Scottish Office Minister. From 1999 to 2007 he was a Member of the Scottish Parliament and now sits as a Life Peer in the House of Lords as Lord Selkirk of Douglas.

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