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Hitler: The Memoir of the Nazi Insider Who Turned Against the Fuhrer
     

Hitler: The Memoir of the Nazi Insider Who Turned Against the Fuhrer

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by Ernst Hanfstaengl
 

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Of American and German parentage, Ernst Hanfstaengl graduated from Harvard and ran the family business in New York for a dozen years before returning to Germany in 1921. By chance he heard a then little-known Adolf Hitler speaking in a Munich beer hall and, mesmerized by his extraordinary oratorical power, was convinced the man would some day come to power. As

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Of American and German parentage, Ernst Hanfstaengl graduated from Harvard and ran the family business in New York for a dozen years before returning to Germany in 1921. By chance he heard a then little-known Adolf Hitler speaking in a Munich beer hall and, mesmerized by his extraordinary oratorical power, was convinced the man would some day come to power. As Hitler’s fanatical theories and ideas hardened, however, he surrounded himself with rabid extremists such as Goering, Hess, and Goebbels, and Hanfstaengl became estranged from him.

But with the Nazi’s major unexpected political triumph in 1930, Hitler became a national figure, and he invited Hanfstaengl to be his foreign press secretary. It is from this unique insider’s position that the author provides a vivid, intimate view of Hitler—with his neuroses, repressions, and growing megalomania—over the next several years. In 1937, four years after Hitler came to power, relations between Hanfstaengl and the Nazis had deteriorated to such a degree that he was forced to flee for his life, escaping to Switzerland. Here is a portrait of Hitler as you’ve rarely seen him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781628721393
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
712,138
File size:
501 KB

Meet the Author

Ernst Hanfstaengl was born in 1887 to German and American parents. He was educated at Harvard, but eventually moved to Germany, where he met a young Hitler at the very beginning of his political rise. After turning down Hitler's invitation to continue as his foreign press secretary, he returned to the United States, where he worked with the American government against the Nazi regime. He died in 1975.

John Toland was an American author and historian best known for his Adolph Hitler: The Definitive Biography and
The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire 1936–1945,
for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 2004.

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Hitler: The Memoir of the Nazi Insider Who Turned Against the Fuhrer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story told by a man who was with Hitler from the beginning. I found out a lot about Hitler and National Socialism that I did not know before.
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18762565 More than 1 year ago
After reading a number of 'inner circle' books on this period, this was to be my last. But it also turned out to be the absolutely most fascinating book on the inner workings of Hitler. That is because the author started with Hitler at a very young age, before he was well known and progressed from this raw beginning to the height of Hitler's power- perhaps just before the downfall. The author is also Harvard educated , with German roots which makes his views and recollections all the more fascinating. This is infinitely more intricate and revealing than your usual 'I was there' tome. Also contains insights of the politics involved in the early formation of the Nazi party. A must read for inquiring minds in search of real insights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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