The Nazi Party was a model of fanatical political efficiency in furthering the goals of Hitler's dictatorship and at the same time an organization that attracted many careerists and some of the most undesirable elements of society.
This monumental book traces the rise and fall of this notorious party.
This is the only book to cover the entire period of the Nazi Party's existence, from its humble desperate beginnings in 1919 to the catastrophe of 1945 and its universal banishment as a criminal organization bent on genocide and war following the Nuremberg Trials.
Orlow had at his disposal considerable documentation uncovered since 1945 charting the formation and growth of the party's internal organisation, showing it to have been a remarkably well structured and well staffed political machine, at least in its upper reaches. He also explains its hold over its members and the social and economic position of the party.
Originally printed as two separate volumes, this is considered to be the definitive reference work on the subject.
About the Author
Dietrich Orlow is professor emeritus of history at Boston College, and the recognized authority on the history of the Nazi Party. He lives in Washington State.