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Posted April 10, 2012
The author has an agenda
Hitler is easily the most fascinating character of the 20th Century, and biographies of him abound. There is little to recommend this one.
There is little new here, but there is much to suggest the author has a personal agenda to push.
There is understandably a great deal of speculation about Hitler's sex life and his religious views. We will almost certainly never know either with certainty.
But Wilson falsely attributes Hitler's moral faults to Darwin's theory of evolution. He also insists that Hitler hated Christianity.
These are common, even dreary, accusations of evangelical Christians. But they are simply not true.
Hitler was a Roman Catholic, although it is not clear how devout he was. But he was clearly on good terms with the Vatican, and he invoked religious imagary on a routine basis. German troops in WWII wore belt buckles with "God With Us" on them.
Hitler also denounced Darwin and his theory of evolution. It is a bald-faced lie to say otherwise.
Wilson also downplays Hitler's sexual peculiarities. Although he correctly dismisses the common speculation that Hitler was homosexual, he ignores the diary of Hitler's niece, who committed suicide, which clearly indicates that Hitler was, at the least, very kinky.
Me. Wilson clearly has an agenda here, and I'm guessing it's a religious agenda. Better to suggest that such a monster was an atheist than admit that a good Catholic, with the Vatican turning a blind eye, could perform great atrocities.
There are many other biographies of Hitler. Don't waste your money on this one.
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