Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Toland’s classic, definitive biography of Adolf Hitler remains the most thorough, readable, accessible, and, as much as possible, objective account of the life of a man whose evil affect on the world in the twentieth century will always be felt.

Toland’s research provided one of the final opportunities for a historian to conduct personal interviews with over two hundred individuals intimately associated with Hitler. At a certain distance yet...

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Overview

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Toland’s classic, definitive biography of Adolf Hitler remains the most thorough, readable, accessible, and, as much as possible, objective account of the life of a man whose evil affect on the world in the twentieth century will always be felt.

Toland’s research provided one of the final opportunities for a historian to conduct personal interviews with over two hundred individuals intimately associated with Hitler. At a certain distance yet still with access to many of the people who enabled and who opposed the führer and his Third Reich, Toland strove to treat this life as if Hitler lived and died a hundred years before instead of within his own memory. From childhood and obscurity to his desperate end, Adolf Hitler emerges as, in Toland’s words, “far more complex and contradictory . . . obsessed by his dream of cleansing Europe Jews . . . a hybrid of Prometheus and Lucifer.”

Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs, and dramatic interviews with Hitler's colleagues and associates, this is the definitive biography of one of the most despised yet fascinating figures of the 20th century. Toland won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945. 150 photographs; 3 maps.

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“The first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or [World War II] in Europe must read. . . . A marvel.” —Newsweek

“Toland weaves the epic tapestry of popular history, meshing together thousands of details into monumental narratives of wartime drama.” —Chicago Tribune

“An unusually revealing picture . . . highly detailed . . . marvelously absorbing  . . . must be ranked as one of the most complete pictures of Hitler.” —The New York Times

“A significant contribution.” —Houston Chronicle
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Toland's massive and masterful biography was originally published (hardcover) by Doubleday in 1976. Deeply researched, thoroughly documented, compelling reading for a general audience. Includes many photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385420532
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1991
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1120
  • Sales rank: 281,058
  • Lexile: 1170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.86 (d)

Meet the Author

John Toland, the author of fifteen works of history and fiction, including Infamy: World War II and Its Aftermath, received the Pulitzer Prize for his magisterial Rising Sun: The Decline of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945. Mr. Toland died in 2004.

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  • Posted March 26, 2010

    Hitler by John Toland, is there any better?

    I can not believe that there is a better book available that covers the second most written about man in human history -Adolph Hitler. His chronicled life shows not only his evil prejudices but also his normal side. Toland gives plausible reasons for Hitler's anti-Semitism. He exposes lies spread about Hitler such as his refusal to shake Jesse Owens hand after Owens' Olympic victory. Very good and surprisingly funny anecdotes are incorporated such as Hitler's crazy cousin spreading pamphlets claiming Hitler was part Jewish. It is a brilliantly researched book.

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