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The Failed Assassins

The Failed Assassins by Fred Blanks Killing Hitler: The Third Reich and the Plots to Kill the Führer, by Roger Moorhouse; Vintage, 2007, $30. The difference between murder and assassination is clear-cut. It depends entirely on the victim, not the perpetrator. Anybody can be murdered, but only important people can be assassinated, though the outcome is identical. The importance of victims can be political, moral, religious or financial. Some assassins succeed (those of Caesar, Lincoln, Rathenau, Mussolini, Kennedy, Martin Luther King are prime examples) but many fail. All attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler failed; he seemed to have devilish good…

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