The Master Plan by Heather Pringle

The Master Plan

Now in paperback, the groundbreaking history of the Nazi research institute whose work helped lead to the extermination of millionsFor those who thought the zealous Nazi archaeologists in Raiders of the Lost Ark were a screenwriter's fabrication, journalist Heather Pringle has the chilling, real story. In 1935, Heinrich Himmler--chief of the SS and architect of the death camps--founded the Ahnenerbe, a research institute that manufactured archaeo...


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TitleThe Master Plan
ISBN9780786887736
Author
Release DateFeb 13th, 2007
PublisherHachette Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, World War II, Holocaust, War
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  • Sud666
    2017-03-28
    While many historians have spent a great deal of time on the various aspects of the Third Reich, few have taken the time to see how the terrible power of science and its manipulation in order to set the foundations for and to justify some of the worst atrocities of the Holocaust. Heather Pringle's easy to read and fascinating look at the shadowy organization that propagated the various racial theories that formed the basis of Nazi science.On July...
  • Sesana
    2011-03-25
    It's oddly fascinating to read the litany of bizarre things Himmler and like-minded Nazi scientists were willing to believe. Anything was plausible, so long as meant Germans were the best at everything in history. Roman civilization? Jump started by Aryan invaders. India? Aryans. Atlantis? Aryans. Thor's hammer? Aryan electrical weapon. It would almost be funny, if the same lines of reasoning weren't used as justification for murder on a mind-num...
  • Anatoly
    2016-06-11
    A highly important subject that doesn’t always gets enough of focus. When people think about the holocaust they usually think about the network of concentration and death camps. But another hideous crime the Nazis have committed during those dark days was done in the name of so called science. Here Pringle describes the two main objects of these scientists (if you actually can call them that) - the first was proving the superiority of the Aryan...
  • David Bales
    2009-11-10
    A brilliant history of the "Ahnenerbe", a "research" wing of the SS, created by Heinrich Himmler in 1935 to search for lost Nordic artifacts and influences throughout the world. Himmler was convinced, (as well as alot of other crackpot German nationalists) that civilization started not in the Middle East, but in Northern Europe since the "Aryans" were the superior, master race. This basic theory led to the thinking that great civilizations throug...
  • Peter
    2017-08-22
    We all know that Heinrich Himmler, the author and overlord of the Nazi Final Solution, was a mass murderer. What we might not know is that behind his murderous instincts was an attachment to scientific analysis and rational thought—at least in his mind. Whatever his scientific and intellectual talents, he was capable of a psychopathic misdiagnosis of both a “problem” and a “solution.” He was an example of a certain type of dangerous ind...
  • Randy Mcdonald
    2012-11-13
    Heather Pringle's 2006 The Master Plan: Himmler's Scholars and the Holocaust is the sort of book that makes one want to laugh in horror. Pringle's pleasant if conventional journalistic style does nothing at all to disguise the horror that she feels on discovering the full extent of the activities of the Ahnenerbe, the SS' occult research ministry. Starting off from the theosophy and kindred New Age movements which were popular in early 20th centu...
  • Elliot Ratzman
    2011-07-24
    Nazis believed that they were heirs to the cultural and genetic legacy of a (mythic) “Aryan” race. In Hitler’s worldview, master races were creators of civilizations. Himmler, the head of the SS, was convinced that ancient German tribes seeded cultures in India, Tibet, ...Russia, Finland, etc., that the Norse Gods existed, that Thor’s Hammer was a real weapon and that ancient cave paintings were evidence of a primal ur-Aryan language. Him...
  • Max Rebo
    2012-01-26
    A pesar de su título castellano (El plan maestro, arqueología fantástica al servicio del régimen nazi), no estamos ante una obra sobre la búsqueda de arcas de la alianza o lanzas de Longinos que hubieran proporcionado una ventaja militar esotérica a los ejércitos hitlerianos. Se trata de un libro sobre la ciencia alemana en esos años oscuros, sobre cómo los nazis (y más concretamente Himmler) buscaron por todo el mundo evidencias que pu...
  • Olethros
    2014-01-21
    -Tratando de inventar la Historia con supercherías.-Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Exposición de los hechos que rodearon la intención de Himmler de una búsqueda de evidencias "irrefutables" que soportasen las ideas relacionadas con la “herencia ancestral aria” y la consiguiente creación de la Ahnenerbe, instituto de investigación, localización, estudio, transmisión y publicitación de dichos hallazgos, relatando varias de sus ex...
  • Olethros
    2014-01-21
    -Tratando de inventar la Historia con supercherías.-Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Exposición de los hechos que rodearon la intención de Himmler de una búsqueda de evidencias "irrefutables" que soportasen las ideas relacionadas con la “herencia ancestral aria” y la consiguiente creación de la Ahnenerbe, instituto de investigación, localización, estudio, transmisión y publicitación de dichos hallazgos, relatando varias de sus ex...
  • Olethros
    2014-01-21
    -Tratando de inventar la Historia con supercherías.-Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Exposición de los hechos que rodearon la intención de Himmler de una búsqueda de evidencias "irrefutables" que soportasen las ideas relacionadas con la “herencia ancestral aria” y la consiguiente creación de la Ahnenerbe, instituto de investigación, localización, estudio, transmisión y publicitación de dichos hallazgos, relatando varias de sus ex...
  • Trish
    2008-05-02
    Fascinating book about Himmler's Ahnenerbe, and the weird things they were forced to study and believe to back the Nazi vision. Worth reading if you have an interest in the subject.
  • Sidrah
    2017-11-04
    Heather Pringle provides a comprehensive study of Himmler’s Nazi research institute, “Ahnenerbe”, and explores how the Nazis manipulated history and science in order to justify their horrifying atrocities and to promote the Nazi agenda. The book is very well researched and highly educational, as much fascinating as it is disheartening and, sadly, still so very relevant. A must-read!
  • Eric
    2018-06-13
    An easy to digest outline and assessment of the use of anthropology by the Third Reich
  • Torkild
    2018-09-20
    Det er ekstremt uhyggeligt det her. Et ubehageligt bevis på hvad der kan ske, når nationalistisk politik bestemmer videnskabens retning.
  • Bruce
    2014-12-13
    Both enlightening and disheartening this book shows the extent to which groups will go to abuse science in their attempt to re-write history. The existence of an Aryan race in history was assumed and scholars and scientists were recruited who would warp history to 'prove' its existence and the ability to reconstruct the master race. Like the actions of some groups that exist today, information was misinterpreted, misconstrued, and/or ignored to p...
  • Darko Djekic
    2016-01-02
    Drugi Svetski rat sagledan kroz postupke nacističke Nemačke naučne elite. Knjiga o lucidnom planu drugog čoveka Nemačke, Hitlerovog čoveka od najvišeg poverenja. Interesantno je to što u ovoj knjizi može da se vidi koliko je Nemački politički vrh bio sumanut u idejama koje nisu imale nikakve dokaze. Silan novac potrošen samo u ludačko dokazivanje porekla i stvaranja neke fantastične istorije. Bolest mozga, koja propagira Nemački na...
  • Mikko
    2011-06-22
    An extensively researched history of the Ahnenerbe, an institution set up by Nazi Germany to carry out research into racial history and biology. Pringle attempts to build the book around the power science has in society and the ethical responsibilities such power brings, but doesn't quite manage to carry the theme throughout the book. As a historical work the book is excellent, documenting the numerous efforts and theories of the Ahnenerbe, the i...
  • Amanda
    2013-03-08
    A very unique book, providing insight in matters which are otherwise unmentioned when speaking about world war II: Ahnenerbe. I found this book extremely well written and highly educational, and at the same time surprising, entertaining and very enjoyable to read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in world war II, in all various perspectives from which you can study the war. Pringle's work with this book is simply ama...
  • Lahierbaroja
    2015-04-15
    Ensayo sobre la arqueología en la Alemania de Hitler: la visión teórica y cada una de las acciones de creación de programas, proyectos y demás para obtener información sobre la raza aria.Lectura prolija, densa en ocasiones, con profusión de datos y fechas, como es normal.Avancé despacio en su lectura. Recomendable para los interesados en la arqueología y/o los aficionados por la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
  • Adrienne
    2015-02-15
    This book was packed with information and well researched facts on the development of Ahnenerbe as well as the people associated with the facility. It was nicely written and powerfully engaging. The Master Plan serves not only as an insightful view into the German academic world during the Third Reich, but also as a strong warning as to what can happen when propaganda and false science combine.
  • Chaplain2
    2012-12-09
    Eye-opening, exceptionally well researched and documented.My only complaint was that the size of the print was uncomfortably small, but the actual content was very good.This was a fascinating look at the subject, and I appreciated the "after the war" follow-up about each of the book's main characters.
  • Angela
    2015-03-04
    Very interesting and indeed fascinating. The justifications and lack of remorse for the Nazis' crimes against humanity during World War II are incomprehensible. Yet, this is a necessary part of history that we must face.
  • Monty Loftus
    2010-06-16
    It's all those History Channel documentaries about Nazi occultism without the History Channel sensationalism and serious scholarship. It makes reading Hellboy even more fun knowing the truth of the fiction!
  • Per-Erik
    2010-07-07
    En faktabaserad beskrivning över hur kvasivetenskaplig övertygelse användes som motiv för att utsätta människor för lidande och förföljelse. Visar hur fördomar och fanatismk kan få människor att överskrida de mest grundläggande moraliska gränser.
  • Vidar
    2011-08-04
    A tragic story of Nazi Germany's attempt to fake research associated with the existence of the Aryan race. The story of Ahrenerbe is a excellent story of how anthropologists, archeologists and other reseachers definitely became running dogs for evil
  • Eloy
    2012-11-03
    It is good and interesting. The author shows lots of unknown information about the madness, corruptness and pseudoscientific ideas of the SS, but I think the book shold prvide a more global idea of the nazi mind. Not only what nazis though, but also why.
  • Francisco Becerra
    2014-02-02
    An astonishing look at the strange mix of science and mysticism of the Nazis, and a very gook book to understand why they thought like they did. The only thing that I don't like about it is that it is written like a Ph.D thesis and you constantly have to flip to the notes.
  • Arianna
    2016-08-11
    The literary equivalent of the Holocaust Museum: I walked into it curious, walked out of it weeping and questioning humanity.