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Hitler Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 27, 2012
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Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
“In the best short biography of Adolf Hitler for three decades, A. N. Wilson goes straight to the essentials to explain what made the Fuhrer the phenomenon he was. His conclusions make fascinating, if occasionally uncomfortable, reading even two-thirds of a century after Hitler’s death.”
Robert Gellately, author of Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe
“A. N. Wilson is a born biographer and has an eye for the telling detail. In a book written with verve, insight, and imagination, he gives us a fresh look at Hitler. The story he tells is bound to interest and surprise even those who think they already know and understand this most curious historical figure, one who against all odds rose to become leader of Germany and then promptly brought about the greatest catastrophe in European history.”
“[Wilson] provides a useful, even entertaining, life of Hitler. He revisits the expected events – his rise, his incarceration, Mein Kampf, his vicious henchman, his anti-Semitism, his enormous prewar popularity (not just in Germany), his poor military judgment, his women, his fall and death – and adds some nasty details (he couldn’t control his farting; he was lazy and dressed oddly).”
“[A] sharply focused capsule biography…. A portrait as disturbing as it is succinct.”
“Wilson has opted for brevity and sharp metal, skewering and brilliantly dissecting Hitler bare in a book you can almost read in a sitting. Wilson cuts to the dark heart of the matter…. A stimulating triumph of the mind.”
“[The] lesser-known facts, the telling details for which Wilson has a keen eye, are what make this biography stand out…. Wilson, whenever der Führer threatens to become a caricature of the madman with which we are all familiar, drops in a detail that, as hard to accept as it may be, reminds us that Hitler was a human being with many of the same joys, difficulties, and sorrows as the rest of us. For a brief biography of one of the largest figures of the 20th century, the inclusion of such detail is an accomplishment…. A.N. Wilson’s biography provides a succinct, quick-reading introduction to Hitler that deftly manages the essentials, and, in its truly terrifying accomplishment, begins to bring the human being behind the monstrous Führer back to life.”
Wall Street Journal
“[An] entertaining, short biography…. [Wilson] bring[s] a witty, novelist’s insight into what made Hitler tick. He seems to understand Hitler’s character in a way many historians never could.”
“As Europe convulses over seemingly unpayable debts and other economic troubles, British novelist and journalist A.N. Wilson offers Hitler, which explores the worst byproduct of such European paroxysms.”
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Top Customer Reviews
The author, in my opinion, takes a biased and opinionated approach to his description of Hitler.
Wilson does this by covering the facts in a swift, concise fashion without too much detail or extensive background minutiae than is absolutely necessary. He doesn't miss out anything important but nor does he go into enormous detail which isn't to say that you come away with an incomplete idea of the man but that this book presents an informative biography of Hitler that will appeal to the non-academic and casual student of history for whom someone like Kershaw is intimidating to pick up.
What's interesting about this biography is that Wilson has a biased opinion of Hitler; like all of us he is disgusted with the Nazi regime and Hitler as a person, but unlike other biographers who adopt a neutral, just-the-facts-stance, Wilson frequently editorialises upon the events of Hitler's life as they unfold. He berates the young Hitler for his foolishness and laziness in squandering his family's money in pursuing a fruitless art career and not attempting any form of work.Read more ›
In Wilson's tightly allotted space, there can of course be no question of a rich, nuanced or detailed portrayal of the subject's life. What is retold is the bare bones of the facts and a highly distilled essence of scholarly interpretations, along with occasional more substantial authorial comments. None of it is very impressive; little of the analysis is penetrating, and there are a number of notable errors to be found. There is also a clear undertone of the demonization of Hitler which is common to all too many of his biographers. Certainly it is entirely understandable (to say the least) if people dislike Hitler and the values he represented, but holding him up as incomprehensible or an exemplar of evil does not further our understanding of the man or the movement he created.
Wilson's bias is of a somewhat subtle kind, which results in a slanted reading of his sources rather than any more serious distortion. To his credit, for example, he does not endorse the wholly unsubstantiated, sometimes also provably erroneous claims that Hitler was a homosexual, a syphilitic, maimed in the genitals, etcetera; these seem to have mostly migrated out of the "serious" biographies these days (although they remain alive and well in television and other more sensationalist media).Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this to be a quick read and not very informative. I think it tends to reduce complex historical situations achieving a resolution by fiat. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A short book that explores the simple facts of Hitler's wickedness. There is none of the hero-worship which subtly infiltrates most of the standard, lengthy biographies of this... Read morePublished on March 23, 2014 by Sam Spata
This was a very in depth and thorough view of Hitler's life and impact on the world. Over all it was a very enjoyable read about one of the world's most evil men.Published on February 25, 2014 by Bauer
I really enjoyed reading a book about Hitler and/or WWII that was easy to understand and didn't waffle on! Mr. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Nikibooksmania
The author obviously did not research the subject, and seems to have a real dislike of America and England. He has no idea about military matters. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Vivian Lee
Want to read yet another book where the author spends half his time taking pot shots at Hitler? Then this is your book! Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by E.Hun
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Great research, lots of interesting insights into the psyche of a lunatic. Doesn't explain the madness but gives us an insight.Published on April 23, 2013 by Mr. Julien M. Cahn