Coffee with Hitler: The British Amateurs Who Tried to Civilise the Nazis

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Coffee with Hitler: The British Amateurs Who Tried to Civilise the Nazis

Coffee with Hitler: The British Amateurs Who Tried to Civilise the Nazis

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With more than a few spies, rogues, and plot twists along the way, Spicer tells a story that could be ripped from the pages of a novel. This was accentuated by the accession of Edward VIII, a man who was described approvingly by Ribbentrop as “a kind of English National Socialist”.

Rothermere’s Daily Mail published articles praising Hitler and editorials declaring “Hurrah for the Blackshirts! This fascinating study challenges the too easy dichotomy between the villainous and duped appeasers and those with Churchillian foresight and insight. Literary Review 'This is a complex tale, but as skillfully narrated by Spicer, it moves along briskly. The collective efforts are played out through the Anglo-German Fellowship and its German equilivent Deutsch-Englische Gesellschaft. In this terrific debut, historian Charles Spicer genuinely enriches and deepens our understanding of the Thirties – the all-important decade in which the great and the good of these islands, scarred to the depths of their souls by the Great War, struggled to avoid a second global conflict.

This unlikely band of mavericks - who included a butterfly-collecting Old Etonian and a left-wing Welsh pacifist - spent five doomed years wining and dining the leading henchmen of Hitler's diabolical regime. and, in some circles, quiet satisfaction that a vigorous reformer had shaken up his country in an apparently effective and forward-looking fashion.

Spicer, who has given close, neutral and unerring scrutiny of the sources, proves to be a brisk, fair-minded and authoritative revisionist… Coffee with Hitler should make it impossible to continue to lampoon the Fellowship as an unsavoury gang. It is also not entirely clear what their own agenda really was - where they willing to give Germany a free hand in eastern Europe, where they anti-communists or did they want a milder form of Nazism with which they could along with. The extraordinary story of three men, a Welsh historian and political secretary, a butterfly-collecting Old Etonian and a Great War fighter ace.Coffee with Hitler should make it impossible to continue to lampoon the Fellowship as an unsavoury gang. The story of Tennant, Conwell-Evans and Christie and their historical journey is an absorbing one, which casts light on many aspects of the period… They deserve the rehabilitation that Charles Spicer has eloquently accorded them. They were better known as David Lloyd George, Ernest Tennant and the Duke of Hamilton, and they combined high social standing with an unfortunate tendency to pursue freelance diplomacy unchecked either by government intervention or common sense. History has overlooked the three amateurs who, despite their heroic efforts and best intentions, could not stop the descent into hell of the National Socialists. This is the real story of a group of amateurs who went about a mission to appease Adolf Hitler and try to prevent another war in Europe that would surely escalate into a second global conflict.



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