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The Mind of Adolf Hitler: The Secret Wartime Report Hardcover – September, 1972


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; 1st edition (September 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465046207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465046201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for any student of History.
JacK D. Ripper
It is interesting to read the 'Afterword' in the book which was written 30 years later to see how accurate Langer was in his findings and predictions.
Jeff Marzano
As a psychiatric nurse practitioner it was interesting to me on many levels.
Sunshine

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Francis Demmler on January 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Walter C. Langer uncovers explicit facts about one of history's most mysterious figures. Langer shows that there was much more to Hitler's life than that which Nazi propaganda portrayed. This book contains facts which contradict most biographies of Hitler, including Hitler's own "Mein Kampf." The tragedies and hardships sustained during his rough childhood combined with his harsh endeavors in Austria and Germany provide the base for his adult life where he lives anything but a relative normal one.
Though Hitler's madness may appear to be based primarily on his anti-Semitic beliefs, the book rarely focuses on this subject and shows that there was more to his hate than just hate for the Jews. Ironically, as the book explains, he befriended and was aided by a number of Jews throughout his life.
Clearly ambition and Providence play a key role in Hitler's life, and one can only wonder what Hitler would have done with his life had he not endured such malaise before his rise to power. Ironically, Langer's perspective on Hitler makes it possible for the reader to feel an iota of sympathy for a man who is responsible for killing millions of people.
There are many facts found in the book that I would never have imagined could have been true. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to find out almost everything there is to know about Adolf Hitler.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Vincent on April 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm somewhat of an history buff, especially WWII, but when my Mom bought me this book at a yard sale, I didn't know what I was in store for upon reading it. There are lots of little known facts about Hitler's secrets and his personal life. We get a glimpse inside of Hitler's head to see what makes him tick - it wasn't just his hatred of the Jews that drove him. The book was just a conglomeration of interesting information, and contains many rare photos. If you like reading about Hitler or similar topics, this book is worth buying.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was written under commission from the war effort as an attempt by a psychiatrist to try to shed some light from the sparse knowledge that was available about Hitler, his background and his early years. Unlike the scruples that MD's tipically have when expressing clinical views about their experience and their patients, the war effort justified some daring and what would seem today wild projections from sparse and fragmented data. Notwithstanding, history as later evolved lent credence to Dr. Langer's findings and this book is a fascinating exploration of the very soul of a troubled mind that explains some very obscure attitudes and reactions of its subject.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Marzano on July 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book was written in the 1940s while World War 2 was raging and the allies wanted to gain a better understanding of Hitler. It is a psychological profile and as such looks at everything from a psychological perspective.

The book tries to identify the root causes of Hitler's various beliefs such as his hatred of the Jews and brutal policies. I'm not a great fan of things like Freud's ideas but I give the book 5 stars just for the historical information alone.

It is interesting to read the 'Afterword' in the book which was written 30 years later to see how accurate Langer was in his findings and predictions.

A human being is formed by a combination of many factors including their childhood and family atmosphere, the society and historical times they live in, their physical and mental characteristics, and probably most importantly how good or evil they are.

Hitler was no exception and all of these had their part in creating his personality traits and beliefs.

The difference with Hitler was that his personality, his beliefs, were imposed on an entire country, an entire world. At that time the German people sought a saviour. Fate sent them Hitler. During his speeches he seemed to be able to connect with the audience at a subconscious level, touching on their deepest hopes and fears. His speeches were all based on emotion rather than technical facts. I'm sure there were those who were not pursuaded by him as much though. That's where the SS and Gestapo came in.

The book doesn't talk much about the Nazi's idea of creating a master race. That's something I want to find out more about. But again that's a case of people imposing a crackpot idealogy on an entire country.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunshine on September 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My husband and I are both History enthusiasts..if that is the correct word. We had seen the documentary on the writing of the profile and could not wait to get the book. As a psychiatric nurse practitioner it was interesting to me on many levels. The book is excellent. Well written,researched and informative. Langer's interviews with family members, associates and the Hitler family doctor helped our understanding of Hitler. If you are not a believer in Freud's hypotheses, and I am not, you will find yourself shaking your head, but push on and finish the book. Putting "potty training" aside, Langer's profile of Hitler as a child, his intra-family relationships, especially with his Mother and Father, his relationships with women, his growing paranoia begin to show the man that would horrify the world. It is one I will probably read over again.
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