HITLER'S BANKER is a full-scale biography of Hjalmar Schacht, one of history's premier financial wizards. Chief Architect of the Nazi economy, Schacht's rampant inflation financed the creation of the most powerful war machine in Europe out of the rubble of a devastated Weimar Republic. Weitz chronicles Schacht's early life and his meteoric success in the international banking world, deftly juxtaposing the twentieth-century history of Germany itself. HITLER'S BANKER is the riveting life story of a man imprisoned by Hitler because of his anti-Nazi sentiments and charged as a war criminal by the Allies. Exonerated of all charges at Nuremberg, Schacht lived to become a successful author and economic adviser to foreign nations, and a wealthy private banker.
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Hjalmar Horace Greeley Schacht was a genius, an eccentric, and an enigma. Single–handedly halting Germany’s runaway inflation and freeing the country from the crippling reparation debts imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, he gained worldwide fame as the economic guru of Nazi Germany. Yet while he financed Hitler’s military regime, he held most Nazis in contempt and frequently clashed with its hierarchy — and Hitler himself — over anti–Jewish laws and war spending. Before the war was over, Schacht had been imprisoned in Dachau; later, he was one of only three defendants to be acquitted at the Nuremberg trials. John Weitz’s riveting biography illuminates this complex figure — a skilled manipulator of money, men and governments — and the chilling, brutal, and grimly fascinating history of 20th–century Germany.About the Author:
John Weitz was born in Germany, educated at Oxford and emigrated to the USA. He was recruited by the OSS during World War II as a spy in Alsace-Lorraine and now heads John Weitz Design, a Madison Avenue couture house of international renown.
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Book Description Sphere, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110751526665
Book Description Warner, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0751526665