Hitler

Hitler

A Short Biography

Book - 2012
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From acclaimed biographer A. N. Wilson, Hitler is a short, sharp, gripping account of one of the twentieth century's most notorious figures In this brilliant short biography of Adolf Hitler, acclaimed historian A N Wilson offers a fresh interpretation of the life of the 'ultimate demon-tyrant of history'. In 1923, aged thirty -four, Hitler was languishing in prison after leading an unsuccessful putsch to overthrow the German Government. Within a decade he was German Chancellor, one of the most powerful men in Europe. How did he do it? Had Hitler been a regular politician, Wilson argues, he would have vanished without trace after his prison experience. But he was not a regular politician, but rather a conjurer, seeing politics not as the Art of the Possible but as the Art of the Impossible: 'Whereas politicians watched the weather and waited for calm, Hitler wanted to ride storms.' Among the book's many insights, Wilson shows how Hitler had an intuitive sense which amounted to genius that the spoken word was going to be of more significance than the written word during the twentieth century. In this respect, the F#65533;hrer is presented as a man ahead of his time, who foreshadowed Hollywood and TV stars and post-war politicians. In a field dense with lengthy tomes, this brief, penetrating portrait provides a compelling introduction to a man whose evil continues to fascinate and appal.
Publisher: London : HarperPress, 2012.
ISBN: 9780007413492
Branch Call Number: 943. 086 HIT W
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 21 cm.

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Janice21383
Jan 01, 2018

A minimally researched but entertaining introduction to Adolf Hitler's life and crimes. Wilson is strong on exposing Hitler's ordinariness, and the craven, hero worshiping world that made him possible, but weak on everything else, partly because he relies on older sources. I was surprised to find this is a fairly recent book, rather than one written in the 1940s. Wilson seems to have a grudge against Winston Churchill (not that I totally disagree) -- airily assigning total blame for the failure of the Norwegian campaign to him here, blaming his "savage" response to the bombing of London for Hitler bombing civilian targets there. Either the author didn't know or ran out of space to say what the Nazis and their allies had already done in other countries. I would urge readers to look for longer, better books like The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, but if you're pressed for time, this is a good start. And if you want to save even more time, you can skip Wilson's summing up, which goes something like: you know who believed in abortion, vegetarianism, and giving children inexpensive typewriters? Hitler! So don't we, ordinary politically correct Jane or John Doe, have a little Hitler inside us? Yes, it's really that silly.

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Jasonsubinlee
Jan 18, 2015

Great book
very inspirational

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TheMadTabby
Nov 27, 2012

Absolutely horrible. First of all, 'Vanity Fair' is repeatedly listed in the end notes. I would not call VF a reliable historical source. Secondly, it states that Hitler was not a trench runner, then turns around and claims that he enjoyed hunting rats in the trench using his terrier. So he went to the trenches on vacation? The book also claims that Hitler was incapable of leading and was a bad orator. Wow, you could have fooled me.

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AllieTaylor
May 31, 2012

Richard J Evans, a highly respected historian whose speciality is Hitler, has given this book a very poor review, saying that is it full of insistancies and outright errors.

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