Children's LiteratureThe rise of Adolf Hitler to power in Germany remains a chilling story. From his modest beginnings as the son of a low-level government worker and a timid, yet loving, mother, Hitler became the evil genius behind the creation of a totalitarian state that competed for world domination. In the end, Hitler's "1000 Year Reich" came crashing down around him in flames. Hitler and his lover, Eva Braun, committed suicide in a bunker beneath the city streets of Berlin as Red Army soldiers destroyed the Nazi capital. If it were not so macabre in nature, the career of Hitler would make for a fascinating psychological study. Unfortunately, the ambition and warped talents of this man led to horrific crimes against humanity most typified by the tragic Holocaust. Earle Rice, Jr., an experienced writer of history, dedicates his insightful research and writing skills to telling the story of Adolf Hitler in this capably-developed biography. In this fine work he traces Hitler's life from his birth in Austria, through his troubled childhood, to Hitler's service in World War I, and on to his political development in Germany. Throughout the book Rice does an excellent job of bringing Hitler to life through his own words and those of contemporaries. In the end, Hitler was destroyed but his life can still serve as a lesson to modern youth regarding the danger of allowing freedom to fall by the wayside. 2006, Morgan Reynolds, Ages 12 up.
Greg M. Romaneck