The Trial of Adolf Hitler by David King
The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

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A meticulously researched, deeply instructive work with great relevance for our current era of right-wing resurgence.


The never-before-told story of the scandalous courtroom drama that paved the way for the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

On the evening of November 8, 1923, the thirty-four-year-old Adolf Hitler stormed into a beer hall in Munich, fired his pistol in the air, and proclaimed a revolution. Seventeen hours later, all that remained of his bold move was a trail of destruction. Hitler was on the run from the police. His career seemed to be over.

The Trial of Adolf Hitler tells the true story of the monumental criminal proceeding that followed when Hitler and nine other suspects were charged with high treason. Reporters from as far away as Argentina and Australia flocked to Munich for the sensational four-week spectacle. By its end, Hitler would transform the fiasco of the beer hall putsch into a stunning victory for the fledgling Nazi Party. It was this trial that thrust Hitler into the limelight, provided him with an unprecedented stage for his demagoguery, and set him on his improbable path to power.

Based on trial transcripts, police files, and many other new sources, including some five hundred documents recently discovered from the Landsberg Prison record office, The Trial of Adolf Hitler is a gripping true story of crime and punishment—and a haunting failure of justice with catastrophic consequences.


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David King is the New York Times best-selling author of Death in the City of Light and Vienna 1814. A Fulbright Scholar with a master's degree from Cambridge University, King taught European history at the University of Kentucky. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky. David Huntsman
Published June 6, 2017 by W. W. Norton & Company. 475 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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A meticulously researched, deeply instructive work with great relevance for our current era of right-wing resurgence.

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