General Motors and the Nazis
The Struggle for Control of Opel, Europe's Biggest Carmaker(amazon)
Henry Ashby Turner, Jr. (View Bio)
Hardcover: Yale University Press, 2005.
Based on extensive research and unrestricted access to General Motors' internal records, GENERAL MOTORS AND THE NAZIS provides a clear, contextualized, and convincing account of GM's efforts to run its German subsidiary Opel from 1933 through the Second World War and the immediate post-war period.
"Twenty years ago, one strong voice, that of Henry Ashby Turner, stood out against the left's attempts to criminalize large-scale capitalism on the back of events in the Third Reich, his GERMAN BIG BUSINESS AND THE RISE OF HITLER being a very precise audit of where moral culpability lay. Following a fascinating detour into the possible alternatives to Hitler's chancellorship [HITLER'S THIRTY DAYS TO POWER], Turner has returned to his old stomping ground with a first-rate study of General Motors' German automotive subsidiary, Opel.... Fair-minded and tightly argued." — The Weekly Standard