The inner lives of the top Nazis and their families, Hitler’s famous mistress---ultimately his wife---comes to three-dimensional life in this penetrating and critically acclaimed biography.
She left her convent school at the age of seventeen and met Hitler a few months later. She became his mistress before age twenty. They remained in an exclusive sexual relationship from 1932 until their joint suicides at the end of the war. Hitler’s chauffeur called her “the unhappiest woman in Germany.” The Führer humiliated her in public while the top Nazis’ wives despised her. Yet Albert Speer said: “She has been much maligned. She was very shy, modest. A man’s woman: gay, gentle, and kind; incredibly undemanding . . . a restful sort of girl.” This authoritative biography, only the second life of Eva Braun written in English, based on detailed new research, opens a new window on life at the cold heart of the Nazi leadership.
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“[Lambert’s] behind-the-scenes tale of an extraordinary man in love with a most ordinary woman is a revelation.” ---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A fascinating read.” ---Booklist
“This book offers new insight into the cold heart of Nazi leadership and presents a remarkable, fully developed portrait of a woman who happened to share her life with one of the most hated men in history.” ---Tucson Citizen
Angela Lambert was born to a German mother and an English father. She studied at Oxford and worked as a civil servant, journalist, and TV reporter. Her first book was shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize.