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“Laurence Rees asks, as always, the right questions, and provides excellent answers. Blending oral testimony of contemporaries with documentary evidence, he offers sharp insight into the adulation of Hitler by millions of Germans that underpinned his ‘charismatic rule.’ At the same time, he vividly illustrates the bonds of Germany’s elites with Hitler—bonds which led to world war and genocide, and ensured that the dictator’s power remained unbroken until the end.”
—Sir Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: A Biography
“Offering acerbic insight into Hitler’s ‘charismatic rule,’ this is an arresting account, which asks and answers all the right questions.”
—The Telegraph (London)
“A useful vehicle for many of the first-hand accounts from eyewitnesses and participants . . . The book flows briskly and provides some illuminating perspectives along the way.”
—The Independent on Sunday (London)
“A fascinating study.”
—Antony Beevor, author of The Second World War
“So how did Hitler convince his generals to invade Russia and his subjects to ignore the genocide around them? This readable, fascinating book, a worthy addition to the vast literature surrounding Hitler, has plausible answers.” –Kirkus
“Rees moves easily from the broad themes of German politics and economics to the individual voices of those who supported and opposed Hitler. Incorporating most of the latest scholarship on Hitler, Rees provides valuable insights here into a topic that is not new.” –Library Journal
“Rees's spotlight on charisma forces us to think hard about what it means to persuade, to argue, to reason—or simply to assert one's will.” –The Chronicle of Higher Education
Laurence Rees is the writer, director and producer of the BBC TV series The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler. The former head of BBC Television History programs, he has specialized for the last twenty years in writing books and making television documentaries about the Nazis and World War II. Previous projects that were both series and books include Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution and World War II Behind Closed Doors.
In 2006 Rees won the British Book Award for History Book of the Year for Auschwitz. Educated at Oxford University, he was appointed in 2009 a senior visiting fellow in the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2010 he launched the multimedia website WW2History.com, which won best in class awards in the education and reference categories at the 2011 Interactive Media Awards. He lives in London.
A truly remarkable telling of how Hitler's charisma, oratory, and deep-seated radicalism allowed him to cast a spell over germay during his ascent to power. Very, very good read. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Blake Conrad Walls
I enjoy Laurence Rees writings very much But the book is a lot of details that prove Hitler had developed a lot of trust and charisma with German people that helped him develop the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack
One of the best explanations of how Hitler thought and the actions that resulted. Very readable and very well reasoned and supported. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike Grupa
Very we'll written. Interesting perspective of the maniac that was Hitler. I recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated with history or the behind the scenes of the Third... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Greg Clark
A fascinating study of the psyche of Adolf Hitler. His successes in the 1930's and early 40's seem to be in large part (if the scenarios is the book are accurate) to the bumbling... Read morePublished 5 months ago by johnn
One of the truly great mysteries of the twentieth century is how the German people followed Hitler into a moral abyss. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dana Keish
This is a great addition to studies on Hitler, one that focuses on his personality. Although it leaves off a bit abruptly, overall this is a good readable book that I really... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Historian
This is a very well written and extremely well researched book of an aspect of Hitler's "personality"...If you can imagine a psychopath having a "personality"... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gerald Farber
I am not sure if the theme of the book, charisma, applies. Many felt Hitler had no charisma while others were mesmerized by his speeches. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gerald F. Shields