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Hitler's piano player : the rise and fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl, confidant of Hitler, ally of FDR

Author: Peter Conradi
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Carroll & Graf edView all editions and formats
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"He was a man who enjoyed the confidences of both the Fuhrer and FDR, a man with the world's most unique perspective on the cataclysmic events of the early twentieth century. Ernst Hanfstaengl (known to all as Putzi) was haughty court jester, soothing pianist, and savvy foreign press chief for Hitler during the Nazi leader's ascendancy and later played a lead role in Roosevelt's top-secret project to use black  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Ernst Hanfstaengl; Adolf Hitler; Ernst Hanfstaengl; Ernst Hanfstaengl; Adolf Hitler
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Conradi
ISBN: 078671283X 9780786712830
OCLC Number: 54767391
Description: ix, 352 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: From Munich to Fifth Avenue --
Civilizing Hitler --
His master's voice --
Behind enemy lines --
Divided loyalties.
Responsibility: Peter Conradi.
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Conradi recounts the remarkable life of Ernst Hanfstaengl--Hitler's court jester, pianist, and foreign press chief, and history's personal link between Hitler and FDR--through newly declassified  Read more...

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