Hitlerby Joachim Fest
A bestseller in its original German edition and subsequently translated into more than a dozen languages, Joachim Fest's Hitler as become a classic portrait of a man, a nation, and an era. Fest tells and interprets the extraordinary story of a man's and a nation's rise from impotence to absolute power, as Germany and Hitler, from shared premises, entered into
A bestseller in its original German edition and subsequently translated into more than a dozen languages, Joachim Fest's Hitler as become a classic portrait of a man, a nation, and an era. Fest tells and interprets the extraordinary story of a man's and a nation's rise from impotence to absolute power, as Germany and Hitler, from shared premises, entered into their covenant. He shows Hitler exploiting the resentments of the shaken, post-World War I social order and seeing through all that was hollow behind the appearance of power, at home and abroad. Fest reveals the singularly penetrating politician, hypnotizing Germans and outsiders alike with the scope of his projects and the theatricality of their presentation. Fest also, perhaps most importantly, brilliantly uncovers the destructive personality who aimed at and achieved devastation on an unprecedented scale.
As history and as biography, this is a towering achievement, a compelling story told in a way only a German could tell it, "dispassionately, but from the inside." (Time)
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Meet the Author
Joachim Fest is a highly acclaimed historian and journalist, and the author of several widely respected books on Nazi Germany, including The Face of the Third Reich, Plotting Hitler's Death, and Speer. He worked closely with Albert Speer as the editor of Inside the Third Reich and Spandau: The Secret Diaries. He lives near Frankfurt.
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I thought the book was brilliant insofar as it provided insight into the mind of Adolf Hitler and the political climate of the time. However, the book provides an enormous amount of detail in respect of Hiler's rise to power but lacked the same amount of information on the period during the Second World War. In this regard the book is somewhat unbalanced, as I believe that this is actually what most readers would have been interested in. For example one would have liked to have known Hitler's personal experience of the holocaust or the war in North Africa but the book provides very little information on these subjects. Nevertheless Joachim Fest's detailed research and pleasant pace of writing makes this book beyond doubt a milestone for books on the Second World War.
This book is definitely written by an anti-Hitler author. So expect the usual lampooning and name-calling here. From birth to death, nothing Hitler ever done was right, according to the author. Hitler's triumphs and strengths are grudgingly recorded in the minimal of sentences. Whereas, Hither's mistakes and shortcomings are elaborated at great length. In the chapter 'Local triumphs', the author even criticizes Hitler's nostrils!! True, Hitler was not a good man. But to depict him as a larger-than-life, 100% pure evil monster certainly won't help the readers get any nearer to an understanding of this historical figure. In short, this book is not balanced,fair and objective. For a much more matured and professional biography, I recommend John Toland's 'Adolf Hitler'.
I want to kill him for almost killing my great grandpa! I hate him more then hell! I'm only 9