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Basic Civitas Books
12 April 2012
Autobiography: historical, political & military; History; European history; Political leaders & leadership
er's unlikely rise to power and his uncanny ability to manipulate his fellow man resulted in the deaths of millions of Europeans and a horrific world war, yet despite his colossal role in world history, he remains mythologized and, as a result, misunderstood. In Hitler, A.N. Wilson limns this mysterious figure with great verve and acuity, showing that it was Hitler's frightening normalcy,not some otherworldly evilness,that makes him so truly terrifying.
By:   A. N. Wilson
Imprint:   Basic Civitas Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 143mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9780465031283
ISBN 10:   0465031285
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   12 April 2012
Recommended Age:   From 18
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1. 'In that Hour it Began' 2. 'Our Leader' 3. 1921-1923 My Struggle 4. 1923-1929 The Politics of Catastrophe 5. 1929-1933 'A Simple Cowherd can become a Cardinal' 6. 1933-1936 Old Surehand 7. 1936-1939 The Road to War 8. 1939-1941 War Lord 9. The Final Solution 10. 1941-1945 Defeat 11. The Bunker 12. Final Verdict

Reviews for Hitler

Boston Globe Distilling his own career-long study into a tight, rapid-fire volume that is both portrait and warning, Wilson delivers a statement on Hitler that is insightful. Wall Street Journal Provocative... Noting how much Hitler depended on his speeches (even 'Mein Kampf' was dictated), Mr. Wilson calls him the 'most hypnotic artist of post-literacy.' Like today's radio talk-show 'entertainers,' Hitler knew there was something about the spoken word that could galvanize millions. Rather than focus on Hitler's ideology, the biographer brilliantly singles out his subject's style of attack. Booklist [A] sharply focused capsule biography... A portrait as disturbing as it is succinct. Kirkus Reviews [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). Tucson Citizen This well-crafted book cuts to the chase and reveals surprising facts about one of the most reviled figures in history... A fascinating book that underscores the fact that even in a modern era enamored with progress and rationality, the darkest elements of society can sometimes fester and become the most seductive. Express (London) 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 American Prospect 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 Fuhrer back to life. Mail on Sunday [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. Providence Journal Hitler is a slender but insightful volume about the evil instigator of World War II and the murderer of millions.

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