There were over forty plots to assassinate Hitler This is the "compelling, fast-paced account" of the one that came closest to succeeding (Publishers Weekly).
The July Plot of 1944 was masterminded by Count Claus von Stauffenberg, a member of the German General Staff, who had been rushed back from Africa after losing his left eye and right hand. For his injuries, he had been decorated as a war hero. However, he'd never been a supporter of Nazi ideologyand he was increasingly attracted by the approaches of the German resistance movement.
After an attempt to assassinate Hitler in November 1943 failed, Stauffenberg developed a new plot to kill him at the Wolf's Lair, fortified underground bunkers, on July 20, 1944. Besides the führer's assassination, Stauffenberg organized plans to take over command of the German forces and sue for peace with the Allies. With the help of photographs, explanatory maps, and diagrams, author Nigel Jones dissects the events leading up to the attempt, the events of the day in minute-by-minute detail, and the aftermath in which the conspirators were hunted down. No other work on the July Plot contains such a full explanation of this attempt on Hitler's lifein addition to a forensic analysis of the day, the book includes short biographies of the key characters involved, the first-person recollections of witnesses, and a "what if" section explaining the likely outcome of a successful assassination.
"An engaging history by a talented and accomplished writer." Roger Moorhouse, author of Killing Hitler