How did an obscure agitator on the political fringes of early-20th-century Germany rise to become the supreme leader of the "Third Reich"? Unlike many other books that track Adolf Hitler's career after 1933, this book focuses on his formative period--immediately following World War I (1918-1924). The author, a veteran producer of historical documentaries, brings to life this era of political unrest and violent conflict, when forces on both the left and right were engaged in a desperate power struggle. Among the competing groups was a highly sophisticated network of ethnic chauvinists that discovered Hitler and groomed him into the leader he became.
The book also underscores the importance of a post-war socialist revolution in Bavaria, led by earnest reformers, some of whom were Jewish. Right wing extremists skewed this brief experiment in democracy followed by Soviet-style communism as evidence of a Jewish-Bolshevik plot. Along with the pernicious "stab-in-the-back" myth, which misdirected blame for Germany's defeat onto civilian politicians, public opinion was primed for Hitler to use his political cunning and oratorical powers to effectively blame Jews and Communists for all of Germany's problems.
Based on archival research in Germany, England, and the US, this striking narrative reveals how the manipulation of facts and the use of propaganda helped an obscure, embittered malcontent to gain political legitimacy, which led to dictatorial power over a nation.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Horror of War 13
Chapter 2 The Great Deception 25
Chapter 3 A Revolution Led by German Jews 35
Chapter 4 The Opposition Stirs 47
Chapter 5 The Death of Idealism 61
Chapter 6 The Soviet Republic 77
Chapter 7 The Counterrevolution 89
Chapter 8 Hitler in Austria 101
Chapter 9 The Right-Wing Talent Search 111
Chapter 10 Launch of the NSDAP 123
Chapter 11 The Shift to the Right 135
Chapter 12 A State of Emergency 147
Chapter 13 Hitler's Expanding Circle 159
Chapter 14 Delusions of Grandeur 175
Chapter 15 Hitlers Competitors 189
Chapter 16 The Beer Hall Putsch 199
Chapter 17 The Trial 211
Chapter 18 Man of Providence 223