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J. Duncan
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New Book on Ludendorff

Post by J. Duncan » 31 Mar 2021 21:27

Hello
New book out on Erich Ludendorff. I have read it and recommend it. It is titled “Dragonslayer: The Legend of Erich Ludendorff in the Weimar Republic and Third Reich” by Jay Lockenour.
It is well written and very interesting.
Book covers some of WWI but mostly 1918-1937 and beyond (Mathilde). Kapp Putsch, Munich Putsch, relations with Hitler and Hindenburg, his nutty conspiratorial beliefs and his second wife Mathilde’s religious / philosophy, his publishing enterprises, and more.

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Re: New Book on Ludendorff

Post by trespasser07 » 01 Apr 2021 13:57

Might have a look at this was considering getting the Goodspeed one from the 60’s
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Re: New Book on Ludendorff

Post by J. Duncan » 01 Apr 2021 21:08

Goodspeed’s book and Parkinson’s (“Tormented Warrior) are both excellent but they are mostly concerned with WWI....this new book adds much because it takes up through 1920’s , ‘30’s , and a little beyond. It uses a Wagnerian theme of Ludendorff as “Siegfried” (stabbed in the back) and Mathilde as “Kriemhild” from the Nibelungenlied.

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Re: New Book on Ludendorff

Post by Orwell1984 » 02 Apr 2021 14:02

Ordered this book sight unseen so to speak but after reading your description glad I did.
Thanks for the brief review.

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Re: New Book on Ludendorff

Post by J. Duncan » 02 Apr 2021 16:16

You’ll like it. It even has photos interspersed throughout. Much info too on Tannenberg League ,Ludendorff’s publishing firm and the books he and his wife wrote. The Nazis banned some of his material and harassed his group and followers.

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Re: New Book on Ludendorff

Post by trespasser07 » 02 Apr 2021 18:43

Is it quite accessible? I haven’t much info on him but seems an interesting figure, didn’t realise he created the “stab in the back myth” that would have horrendous consequences 23 years later.
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Re: New Book on Ludendorff

Post by J. Duncan » 02 Apr 2021 23:22

Although written by a professor of history, he wrote it for popular, lay readers as well as researchers so it’s a well written book and quite entertaining. He spent 15 years on it too.
I sent the author a note of best wishes and he was kind enough to send me the link of a podcast he did about the book :

https://historysmost.libsyn.com/34-hist ... -lockenour

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