Making friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the road to World War II

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Penguin Books,
Pub. Date:
2005
Language:
English
Description
Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marquess of Londonderry, was born to power and command. Scion of one of Britain's most aristocratic families, cousin of Churchill and confidant of the king, owner of vast coal fields and landed estates, married to the doyenne of London's social scene, Londonderry was an ornament to his class, the 0.1 percent of the population who still owned 30 percent of England's wealth as late as 1930. But history has not been kind to "Charley," as the king called him, because, in his own words, he "backed the wrong horse," and a very dark horse indeed: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Londonderry was hardly the only British aristocrat to do so, but he was the only Cabinet member to do so, and it ruined him. In a final irony, his grand London house was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in the blitz. Ian Kershaw is not out to rehabilitate Lord Londonderry but to understand him and to expose why he was made a scapegoat for views that were much more widely held than anyone now likes to think. H. L. Mencken famously said that "for every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong." The conventional explanation of the coming of World War II is a simple story of the West's craven appeasement of Hitler in the face of his bullying. Through the story of how Lord Londonderry came to be mixed up with the Nazis and how it all went horribly wrong for him, Ian Kershaw shows us that behind the familiar cartoon is a much more complicated and interesting reality, full of miscalculations on both sides, miscalculations that proved to be among the most fateful in history.
Also in This Series
More Like This
More Details
ISBN:
9780143036074
9781982433307
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Tagging
Tags:

No Tags, Be the first to tag this record!


Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID24b7351e-5ebf-a15e-0cda-51adb2d4a2f2
Grouping Titlemaking friends with hitler lord londonderry the nazis and the road to world war ii
Grouping Authorkershaw ian
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2019-10-03 01:36:01AM
Last Indexed2019-11-13 03:02:33AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value0
accelerated_reader_reading_level0
auth_author2Jackson, Gildart,
authorKershaw, Ian,
author2-roleJackson, Gildart,Narrator.
hoopla digital.
author_displayKershaw, Ian
available_at_canoncityCañon City Public Library
detailed_location_canoncityCanon City Public Library - Nonfiction
display_descriptionCharles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, the 7th Marquess of Londonderry, was born to power and command. Scion of one of Britain's most aristocratic families, cousin of Churchill and confidant of the king, owner of vast coal fields and landed estates, married to the doyenne of London's social scene, Londonderry was an ornament to his class, the 0.1 percent of the population who still owned 30 percent of England's wealth as late as 1930. But history has not been kind to "Charley," as the king called him, because, in his own words, he "backed the wrong horse," and a very dark horse indeed: Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Londonderry was hardly the only British aristocrat to do so, but he was the only Cabinet member to do so, and it ruined him. In a final irony, his grand London house was bombed by the German Luftwaffe in the blitz.Ian Kershaw is not out to rehabilitate Lord Londonderry but to understand him and to expose why he was made a scapegoat for views that were much more widely held than anyone now likes to think. H. L. Mencken famously said that "for every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong." The conventional explanation of the coming of World War II is a simple story of the West's craven appeasement of Hitler in the face of his bullying. Through the story of how Lord Londonderry came to be mixed up with the Nazis and how it all went horribly wrong for him, Ian Kershaw shows us that behind the familiar cartoon is a much more complicated and interesting reality, full of miscalculations on both sides, miscalculations that proved to be among the most fateful in history.
format_canoncityBook
format_category_canoncityBooks
id24b7351e-5ebf-a15e-0cda-51adb2d4a2f2
isbn9780143036074
9781982433307
item_details
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:579412974Canon City Public Library - Nonfiction941.084 KER1falsefalseOn ShelfCANON
hoopla:MWT12050700Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueHooplahttps://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12050700?utm_source=MARCAvailable Online
itype_canoncityBook
last_indexed2019-11-13T10:02:33.819Z
lexile_score-1
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_canoncity941.084 KER
owning_library_canoncityCañon City Public Library
owning_location_canoncityCañon City Public Library
primary_isbn9780143036074
publishDate2005
2018
record_details
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:5794BookBooksEnglishPenguin Books, 2005xxi, 488 p., [16] p. of plates, map : ill. ; 21cm.
hoopla:MWT12050700eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridged.EnglishBlackstone Publishing, 2018.1 online resource (1 audio file (16hr., 29 min.)) : digital.
recordtypegrouped_work
scoping_details_canoncity
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:579412974On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue
subject_facetGermany -- Foreign relations -- 1933-1945
Germany -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1936-1945
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- Germany
Londonderry, Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, -- Marquess, -- 1878-1949
World War, 1939-1945 -- Diplomatic history
title_displayMaking friends with Hitler : Lord Londonderry, the Nazis and the road to World War II
title_fullMaking friends with Hitler : Lord Londonderry, the Nazis and the road to World War II / Ian Kershaw
Making friends with Hitler : Lord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the road to World War II [electronic resource] / Ian Kershaw
title_shortMaking friends with Hitler
title_subLord Londonderry, the Nazis, and the road to World War II
topic_facetDiplomatic history
Foreign relations
Londonderry, Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart
World War, 1939-1945