The list author says: "Here are the best books about the heinous Adolf Hitler. 70 million people died in World War II. Civilization came close to ruin. The horror he unleashed was the result of a difficult youth in Austria, personal failures as a young adult, a twisted Darwinian philosophy, and a grandiosity that led to a maniac vision of ruthlessness and fantasy. He once said, ÂMan has become great through struggleÂ Whatever goal man has reached is due to his originality plus his brutalityÂ virtue lies in blood.Â As leader of Germany, he sought lebensraum (living space) for Germans by invading Eastern Europe and exterminating the residents, whom Hitler thought to be racially inferior. He hoped to enslave the world for an Aryan race of blue eyes and blond hair (yet he had black hair). He sought to exterminate the Jews. As a youth, he was impulsive, easy to anger, a troublemaker and a dropout. Hitler's time of failure as a young man as an artist was pivotal in developing his displaced anger and victimization to Jews. He became a transient on the fringes of society where he learned crude racist views and discovered his gift for speaking. He found purpose as a corporal in WWI. The Great Depression plunged the world into crisis. Hitler blamed the Jews. Desperate people listened. Hitler and his gangsters rose to power and imposed a police state. He invaded most of Europe and North Africa. He was successful but then made one catastrophic blunder after another in WWII, and he flew into repeated fits of rage. He said willpower alone would make soldiers prevail. His Einsatzgruppen murdered 1.5 million people, often making them dig their own graves before shooting them. He moved the Holocaust to death camps. He brought ruin to Germany. Read a general history of World War II. Read a biography of the jovial Franklin Roosevelt. FDR skillfully led USA to victory over Hitler and forged a better post-war world of freedom and security. The Third Reich and colonialism fell."
"This masterpiece won the National Book Award. Indeed, it is THE classic book on Hitler's dark rise to power during the Great Depression, the catastrophic world war he started, and heinous Nazi Germany crimes. 60 million people died in WWII."
"This Hitler biography by preeminent biographer Ian Kershaw is probably the benchmark one-volume history of the Third Reich and a great history of WWII. This book summarizes Kershaw's massive two-volume biography into one easier-to-read volume. This is the best book in one volume for general readers."
"Gruesome and horrifying! Hitler's SS death squads brutally murdered 1.5 million people in invaded areas. Often the victims had to dig their own graves before being shot in the grave. But the mass murders strained the killers, and the millions of mass killings would be moved to discreet, methodical death camps."
"This is a first-rate Hitler biography with exceptional scholarship by a top historian, and it is relatively brief. This is still one of the very best books on the Third Reich and Hitler, although the German people receive little blame in this book. Hitler was a murderous tyrant. Classic."
"Written by one of the preeminent historians of World War II, this book rigorously details the mass murder called the Holocaust. The horror! Hitler's Third Reich was a truly evil chapter of human history, and yet thousands of willing people went along with this. The horror."
"Hitler the miniseries. Great performances and entertainment (although disturbing). As a bonus, the very good DVD documentary "Hitler: A Career," written by the great Hitler biographer Joachim Fest, comes with this for free."
"This is volume one of arguably the best Hitler biography. It covers his early years, his life as a corporal in the army, and then his dark rise to power through murder and intimidation - yet legally elected by the German people - during the desperation of the post-WWI years and Great Depression."
"Hitler's unpublished second book details his grand foreign policy strategic designs to conquer the world and enslave it for the Nazis. The final showdown after other conquests would come against the United States of America."