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The first biography to reveal the full, intimate details of Unity Valkyrie Mitford's remarkable relationship with Adolf Hitler The remarkable and much-loved Mitford family has remained largely unrepentant concerning theirs and particularly Unity's enthusiastic support of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley, and British fascism. But having initially encouraged and supported Uni The first biography to reveal the full, intimate details of Unity Valkyrie Mitford's remarkable relationship with Adolf Hitler The remarkable and much-loved Mitford family has remained largely unrepentant concerning theirs and particularly Unity's enthusiastic support of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley, and British fascism. But having initially encouraged and supported Unity's affair with Hitler, they subsequently insisted that she had in fact been a rather unintelligent, clumsy lump of a girl, whose virginal relationship with one of the most terrifying dictators of all time was a mere unrequited, romantic obsession. As this book will show, nothing could be further from the truth. Following further research and re-examination of the family's, friends', and journalists' often contradictory evidence, plus new information supplied by the author's own family and friends, readers will find that while Unity was, like Hitler, an extreme fantasist, there was in fact little of the juvenile romantic about her, and that she was, on the contrary, highly intelligent, free-spirited, and athletic. She was also the only Englishwoman who came close to being capable of changing the course of World War II.


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The first biography to reveal the full, intimate details of Unity Valkyrie Mitford's remarkable relationship with Adolf Hitler The remarkable and much-loved Mitford family has remained largely unrepentant concerning theirs and particularly Unity's enthusiastic support of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley, and British fascism. But having initially encouraged and supported Uni The first biography to reveal the full, intimate details of Unity Valkyrie Mitford's remarkable relationship with Adolf Hitler The remarkable and much-loved Mitford family has remained largely unrepentant concerning theirs and particularly Unity's enthusiastic support of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley, and British fascism. But having initially encouraged and supported Unity's affair with Hitler, they subsequently insisted that she had in fact been a rather unintelligent, clumsy lump of a girl, whose virginal relationship with one of the most terrifying dictators of all time was a mere unrequited, romantic obsession. As this book will show, nothing could be further from the truth. Following further research and re-examination of the family's, friends', and journalists' often contradictory evidence, plus new information supplied by the author's own family and friends, readers will find that while Unity was, like Hitler, an extreme fantasist, there was in fact little of the juvenile romantic about her, and that she was, on the contrary, highly intelligent, free-spirited, and athletic. She was also the only Englishwoman who came close to being capable of changing the course of World War II.

30 review for Hitler's Valkyrie: The Uncensored Biography of Unity Mitford

  1. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    This may be the worst single biography I have ever read, period, the end. My guess is that it is a vanity press publication, but I'm too fed up to bother looking. If it isn't, the publisher should be heartily ashamed of the numerous typos and factual errors. It was actually painful to read for reasons aside from the content, and the content is despicable when it isn't laughable. With this piece of literary drivel, Litchfield has performed what I didn't think could be done: he has assassinated Un This may be the worst single biography I have ever read, period, the end. My guess is that it is a vanity press publication, but I'm too fed up to bother looking. If it isn't, the publisher should be heartily ashamed of the numerous typos and factual errors. It was actually painful to read for reasons aside from the content, and the content is despicable when it isn't laughable. With this piece of literary drivel, Litchfield has performed what I didn't think could be done: he has assassinated Unity Mitford's character worse than she did in life. Think about that: he takes an upper-class twit who falls in love with Hitler, gets an apartment that is confiscated from Jewish victims of the Nazis, frequently expresses racial hatred, never does an honest day's work in her life and makes her seem worse. How does he do this? Well, for starters, he opens the book with a soft-core porn scene of Unity being tied to the bed and violated by storm troopers. And refers to this as a regular act, explicitly calling it Unity Mitford's "Eucharist". He has Unity sitting with Adolph Hitler in necromantic (not kidding, necromantic) sessions during which Hitler convinces her (telepathically?) to kill herself, so Unity can go ahead and be there for Hitler as his own personal Valkyrie. Because she was blond and Valkyrie was her middle name. Or something. Her life was effectively over before she truly lived. I'm not sure how she rates a biography; Unity Mitford was a footnote. She accomplished nothing, and shot herself for nothing. Her sister Jessica at least lived her life out according to her convictions, but whether Unity shot herself in 1939 or waited until 1945 to do it with her imaginary boyfriend, the life was going nowhere. Why bother chronicling it? Why bother making things up? Also, one last thing. Litchfield liberally sprinkles his book with a lot of vicious asides, much as a farmer manures his field. What emerges from his tone is less rectitude than the lingering suspicion is that the chief regret is that the notorious Mitford sisters would have thought he was a twit. On the strength of this book, they would have been right.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kealani

    Thank God I've finished this joke of a biography. The topic could not be more to my taste, but alas I prefer non-fiction versions of history. Even when attempting a little porn to add allure to his effort, the author fails. David Litchfield should be taken out, tied naked to a bed post and be abused by storm troopers. Don't waste your time with this rag. Thank God I've finished this joke of a biography. The topic could not be more to my taste, but alas I prefer non-fiction versions of history. Even when attempting a little porn to add allure to his effort, the author fails. David Litchfield should be taken out, tied naked to a bed post and be abused by storm troopers. Don't waste your time with this rag.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Thomas

    Absolute trash. Yes, indeed, it is Wallace, not Wallis, who captivates the Prince of Wales, which gives the affair a new twist. But the author also reveals that Austria-Hungary was made up of nine Slavic language groups (neither Austria nor Hungary were Slavic, of course), and credits the German influence in Britain to the marriage partners of some of Queen Victoria's daughters (conveniently forgetting both Prince Albert and the House of Hanover). I have no idea where the author came up with mos Absolute trash. Yes, indeed, it is Wallace, not Wallis, who captivates the Prince of Wales, which gives the affair a new twist. But the author also reveals that Austria-Hungary was made up of nine Slavic language groups (neither Austria nor Hungary were Slavic, of course), and credits the German influence in Britain to the marriage partners of some of Queen Victoria's daughters (conveniently forgetting both Prince Albert and the House of Hanover). I have no idea where the author came up with most of his scenes and incidents, especially the bizarre opening tableau. But I may have mis-read him: is this an attempt to update Beaton's classic My Royal Past?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Ironic usage of Wagner's quote in the final sentence: "Imagination creates reality". In the case of this ... 'biography', it certainly does. Ironic usage of Wagner's quote in the final sentence: "Imagination creates reality". In the case of this ... 'biography', it certainly does.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Catriona Herron

    Did the author do any genuine research?!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Neeuqdrazil

    I could NOT finish this, and would strongly dis-recommend it. It read like a very young and enthusiastic second year student's work - full of quotes from secondary sources that didn't need to be there, and with no context. There were exclamation points when something was "shocking". Basically, it was poorly written. The book itself badly needed both a copy editor and a content editor. There is no excuse for a professionally published book to have that many grammatical errors, nor to misspell the I could NOT finish this, and would strongly dis-recommend it. It read like a very young and enthusiastic second year student's work - full of quotes from secondary sources that didn't need to be there, and with no context. There were exclamation points when something was "shocking". Basically, it was poorly written. The book itself badly needed both a copy editor and a content editor. There is no excuse for a professionally published book to have that many grammatical errors, nor to misspell the names of public figures. (The woman that Edward VIII abdicated for was Wallis Simpson, not Wallace Simpson.) The book jumped around chronologically, and assumed a lot of prior knowledge about the Mitfords, the gentry generally, and the period as a whole.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    So badly written and edited, but rather fun if you feel like Mitford bashing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie

    A waste of time. The author clearly did not have enough material in the titular Unity, so he spends FOREVER talking about distant relatives before he focuses on Unity herself. He is too excited to use unnecessary exclamation points, and it reads like a bad "US Weekly" story. A waste of time. The author clearly did not have enough material in the titular Unity, so he spends FOREVER talking about distant relatives before he focuses on Unity herself. He is too excited to use unnecessary exclamation points, and it reads like a bad "US Weekly" story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    A rather lurid and chippy account of the sad and strange life of a grim girl.

  10. 4 out of 5

    D.J. Cockburn

    Imagine the Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice gone horribly wrong and you'll have some idea of the famous Mitford girls. Replace Mr Darcy with Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of fascists through most of the 1930s, and the tableau is complete. David Litchfield focuses on the Honourable Unity Valkyrie Mitford, fifth of seven children, and her lifelong fascination with fascism. As a child, Unity and her sister Jessica divided their shared room with a line of chalk. Jessica decorated Imagine the Bennet sisters from Pride and Prejudice gone horribly wrong and you'll have some idea of the famous Mitford girls. Replace Mr Darcy with Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of fascists through most of the 1930s, and the tableau is complete. David Litchfield focuses on the Honourable Unity Valkyrie Mitford, fifth of seven children, and her lifelong fascination with fascism. As a child, Unity and her sister Jessica divided their shared room with a line of chalk. Jessica decorated her side with the hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union. Unity decorated her side with the symbols of fascism. What may have started as a childish game turned to deadly earnest in adulthood, as Jessica ran away to the Spanish Civil War while Unity travelled to Germany where she developed a close friendship with Adolf Hitler. In his biography of Unity, David Litchfield presents a stark portrait of Unity herself, and uses her as a window into the fascist sympathies of the English upper class in the 1930s. He peers behind the popular conception of the Mitfords, defined by girlish high jinks related by their sister Nancy in her satirical novels. Unity Mitford was more than a rather giddy 'bright young thing' - as the daughter of a baron, she was too upper class to be called a 'flapper' - who was swept up by Hitler's personal charisma. She was a nasty piece of work who revelled in the persecution of Germany's Jews, adding her own petty torments when the opportunity arose. While it's an eminently readable biography, I'm only giving it three stars because I had some concerns about its fact checking. At one point, it named Austen Chamberlain as Prime Minister in 1919, when he was in fact Chancellor of the Exchequer. It's a minor slip that makes no difference to the thrust of the biography, but inevitably made me wonder how many mistakes I didn't notice in areas I'm less familiar with. Nor is it explained why it is subtitled The uncensored biography of Unity Mitford. It begs the question of who would be likely to censor a biography of her published in 2013, and how Litchfield evaded them. I'm inclined to be charitable and assume it was imposed by a publisher who didn't think the title Hitler's Valkyrie was quite sensational enough. Another area where I felt it fell slightly short of its mark was in trying to use Unity Mitford as a starting point to explore Hitler's psychology. It's a subject that has been generating much heat and very little light since he first came to prominence. Unity was intimate with Hitler, albeit probably not as sexually as she would have wished, but Litchfield tells us far more about her uncomplicated idolatry than about the man himself. Nor does he discuss the possibility that her attraction for Hitler may have been as political as it was personal. She was a member of a prominent aristocratic family and sister-in-law of Britain's leading fascist. She appeared in Germany, already besotted with him, at a time when he was nurturing hopes of aristocratic fascists binding Britain into an alliance with Germany against the Soviet Union. If Hitler spent less time with her in the year before Britain and Germany went to war, it may have been less that he was losing interest in her charms, as Litchfield suggests, than because he had given up on building bridges to the British aristocracy. Any well-written account of history invites its reader to speculate beyond its text, so such ruminations are as much an endorsement of Hitler's Valkyrie as a criticism. It remains an engaging read and a story of a woman who intrigues in an entirely different way to that she would have wished.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gonzaga Escauriaza

    Reading something about the Mitfords sisters is always fun.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Finally an alternative view point and could be subtitled - "The Untold Story of the Mitfords" Interesting in that it covers Unity and the Nazi sympathies of the Mitford family and why they have become so famous. Covered up/rewrote their history. Also how they became famous - an incredible work of self-publicity. Gives an alternative view point - describes their wit and teasing as bullying, bitchiness and incredibly snobbery. I think he might be right. Deeply unpleasant people. In terms of the accur Finally an alternative view point and could be subtitled - "The Untold Story of the Mitfords" Interesting in that it covers Unity and the Nazi sympathies of the Mitford family and why they have become so famous. Covered up/rewrote their history. Also how they became famous - an incredible work of self-publicity. Gives an alternative view point - describes their wit and teasing as bullying, bitchiness and incredibly snobbery. I think he might be right. Deeply unpleasant people. In terms of the accuracy and facts - I've read worse.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul Clayworth

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Radell

  16. 5 out of 5

    Barbara gordon

  17. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Peace

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael Brooks

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jean Campbell

  20. 5 out of 5

    Linda Skugge

  21. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  22. 4 out of 5

    hazel smith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mick Meyers

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jk Post

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beks Giggle-Snort

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Landry

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robin Wells

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marianne/Hevilukija

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