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From the Publisher"Few historical figures have been examined in as many volumes as Hitler. Davidson's excellent study must surely rank near the top of the list. Rather than simply portray Hitler as evil incarnate, Davidson chronicles the tale of an ultimate political animal— crafty, cunning, charming when needed—who isolated his opposition section by section. . . . Eminently readable for either scholars or laypersons, this is painstakingly researched and includes much recently released information from Soviet archives."—Publishers Weekly
"A companion to the author's The Making of Adolf Hitler, Davidson's latest covers the years from the Nazi seizure of power until the end of World War II, giving by far the greatest amount of attention to the years before 1939."—Library Journal
"From Hitler's first moves hours after being sworn in as chancellor on January 30, 1933, until the final Gotterdammerung in the Berlin bunker, Davidson presents a clearly written and cohesive narrative. The focus here is mostly on political and diplomatic history. . . . Davidson's study of diplomacy in the 1930s persuasively demonstrates that French and British politicians and diplomats were totally at a loss when dealing with Hitler."
"Unlike many books on Hitler, Mr. Davidson's study will be particularly helpful to students because it identifies the importance of individuals (for example, Ernst Rohm, head of Hitler's storm troopers) who are often not mentioned or are touched on only lightly by other historians. It not only tells the story of Hitler's sensational rise to power step by step, but goes back three decades in Germany's past to give the reader a better understanding of the historical context of Hitler's career."—Washington Times