It's a great history of the family that owned the steelworks that became the German version of the Military Industrial Complex, supplying arms, tanks and munitions during WWI and supplying the Nazi's in WWII. If I recall, the Krupps were able to amass land after a Plague swept through their town, but I will have to reread it to refresh the details. Krupp supplied opposing sides of conflicts in Europe during WWI and sometimes sold defective armaments to the side Krupp least favored.
Spoiler alert: Here's a condensed version from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krupp to read after you finish the book.
I've been taking notes, but that version will be extremely helpful!
Remember, most of his "evil villains" were actually seeking ways to stop war -- by being undefeatable with their super high-tech weapons. Seems like folly now.
This is a new hobby/research that I've been doing. Greed, ambition, and arrogance can be so evil
Adam Tooze's classic Wages of Destruction, An Economic History of the Third Reich.
A strong contribution to the historical literature surrounding WWII and the Nazi era; indeed, one of the most significant to arrive in recent years.
Tooze describes among other things the powerful corporate committees of the Todt Organization which set the war production and rationing objectives of the Third Reich. Food rations in calories, meat, butter, etc., were determined by one's role in the economy. The Todt Organization was the institutional body that embodied the military industrial complex. The switch of the Nazi economic objective from consumer economics like electronics and Volkswagens to an untenable level of war production reminds one of current bait and switch politics on the right in the US.