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Book Review – Tapping Hitler’s Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942-45

The Second World War Military Operations Research Group

Sönke Neitzel (ed.), Tapping Hitler’s Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942-45, Frontline Books, Barnsley, 2007. Appendix. Notes. Index. Cloth, 416pp.

Reviewed by G.H. Bennett, Plymouth University


Over the past ten years, the wartime efforts of Allied intelligence to gather information on the German officer corps have yielded a steady stream of new information and publications. Richard Overy (Interrogations), David C. Isby (The German Army at D-Day) and others have mined post-war interrogations of senior Nazis, and the post-war debriefs of senior German Officers, to produce volumes that offer fresh insights into the thinking of particular figures, and the collective mind-set of the men who served the Third Reich.[1] Reviewers have not been slow to point out that the validity of the information derived from such sources is open to question. Written in the circumstances of captivity, with war crimes trials pending…

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Shocked: Gasoline Prices Vary Edition

Truth on the Market

From the Attorney General’s Memorandum to the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (HT: Michael Giberson, who is a must read on all issues oil and energy related:

Based upon our work and research to date, it is evident that there are regional differences in gasoline prices, as well as differences in the statutory and other legal tools at the government’s disposal. It is also clear that there are lawful reasons for increases in gas prices, given supply and demand.

See Giberson’s analysis of price gouging laws here.  Michael Salinger, former colleague at the Federal Trade Commission where he was Director of the Bureau of Economics, has one of my favorite lines on the relevant economics.  In writing about the FTC Report on price gouging after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Salinger wrote, “as unpleasant as high-priced gasoline is, running out will be even worse.”  Actually, the whole context is…

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