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    Clare Mulley(Author)

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Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg were talented, courageous and strikingly attractive women who fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight in 1930s Germany. With the war, both became pioneering test pilots and both were awarded the Iron Cross for service to the Third Reich.But they could not have been more different and neither woman had a good word to say for the other.
Hanna was middle-class, vivacious and distinctly Aryan, while the darker, more self-effacing Melitta, came from an aristocratic Prussian family. Both were driven by deeply held convictions about honour and patriotism but ultimately while Hanna tried to save Hitler's life, begging him to let her fly him to safety in April 1945, Melitta covertly supported the most famous attempt to assassinate the Führer.Their interwoven lives provide a vivid insight into Nazi Germany and its attitudes to women, class and race.

Acclaimed biographer Clare Mulley gets under the skin of these two distinctive and unconventional women, giving a full - and as yet largely unknown - account of their contrasting yet strangely parallel lives, against a changing backdrop of the 1936 Olympics, the Eastern Front, the Berlin Air Club, and Hitler's bunker.Told with brio and great narrative flair, The Women Who Flew for Hitler is an extraordinary true story, with all the excitement and colour of the best fiction.

Vividly drawn . . . this is a thrilling story. (Telegraph)This is popular history of a high order. (Times)A satisfying, rollicking read... well researched and beautifully written. (Spectator)This compelling work has the drama and suspense of the best movie scripts. (Library Journal USA)Biographer Mulley comes through in a major way... absolutely gripping. (Booklist, USA)An utterly compelling read. (Historia)A stunning biographical achievement (Alison Weir on The Spy Who Loved)A fine account of Christine Granville's extraordinary war, told with skill and care . . . Mulley succeeds in making her human . . . inspiring (Literary Review on The Spy Who Loved)

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  • PDF | 496 pages
  • Clare Mulley(Author)
  • Macmillan; Main Market Ed. edition (29 Jun. 2017)
  • English
  • 9
  • Biography

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  • By george on 2 August 2017

    great reading

  • By waldenwitch on 12 July 2017

    This is a fascinating account of two very different women who made names for themselves in a regime which notoriously considered women as homemakers, mothers and cooks. The two lives are explored in parallel, so that our understanding of their characters and their differences unfolds gradually. I learned so much about aspects of the Second World War of which I had been woefully ignorant, but this isn't a dry history lesson - it's a story about two human beings who lived real lives and made personal choices which affect the way we look at them now. It doesn't shy away from the realities of Nazism and its effects, and it tackles the difficult issues, but we are allowed to make our own judgements. Clare Mulley's research, including meetings with families and acquaintances of her subjects, is meticulous but never reads as exposition - she knows how to tell a story so that we pay attention.

  • By ManchesterRambler on 12 July 2017

    This is a beautifully researched and immaculately-written book from an author who specialises in unearthing fascinating female figures whose lives have had huge impact, yet whose achievements have never received the attention they deserved.Mulley here tells the story of two women pilots, united by nationality and extraordinary skill in their chosen field, yet very different in character and ultimate fate. These are more than walk-on characters in German wartime history - they were involved in technical development and testing of aircraft, and we see them encountering Hitler, Mussolini and other key figures of the war in previously untold stories. For me, the book also provided a fascinating insight into the use of flight as a wartime propaganda tool - whose potential Hitler was unnervingly quick to exploit. In the history of women and war, too, the story offers new insights: the two airwomen took on roles of far more significance than those granted to their British counterparts.This book is a must-read for those interested in flight, in wartime history, in women's history, or simply in an incredible, pacy untold story.

  • By Nicolas R. Tile on 8 August 2017

    This book was an intriguing eye-opener and probably a must read for anyone interested in getting a different perspective on the usual stories that circulate. Hannah seems to be quite well known, but was totally eclipsed by Melitta and who has even heard of her, part Jewish, yet a crucial part of the development machine working on leading edge weapons (dive bombing and blind landing systems) and also related to the man behind the bomb plot of the 20th July.She was a woman of immense courage and resource who survived at the heart of the Nazi regime seemingly without adopting it.Hannah doesn't fare as well which came as a surprise to me. I had always rather admired what she had done, or at least admired her apparent courage. I'm very much in two minds now despite her clearly having been a remarkable woman in her own right.The book is clearly well researched and is well written,Clare had access to original material and her sense of connection to Melitta comes through the book, I read it in 2 sessions simply because it was so interesting and I was reluctant to put it down, highly recommended.

  • By M. N on 21 July 2017

    The stories of Melitta von Stauffenburg and Hanna Reitsch, two remarkable but very different women aviators whose lives became entangled amongst the upper echelons of the Nazi establishment during the final days of the Third Reich. This is a fascinating, well-written and very enjoyable book and I thoroughly recommend it.

  • By C B. on 14 September 2017

    I bought this book because of my interest in aviation and I found it very interesting from that point of view. What really got my attention was the fascinating and horrifying back ground of the holocaust. I had no real idea of the extent of it in spite of serving in the Army during the 50s when I was stationed next door to Belsen. In my view a very well written and researched book.

  • By Mrs. S. M. Slaughter on 27 August 2017

    Such a good book, my hubby also enjoyed it and it has now been passed on to our daughter.

  • By Harold Moss on 1 August 2017

    Clean book, Probably never opened. very quick delivery.Thankyou.


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