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5.0 out of 5 stars A bravura work of imagination, veracity and force., 23 Mar. 2001
This review is from: Hitler (Paperback)
The extraordinary life of Adolf Hitler holds enduring mainstream and cult fascination. The best-selling placing of Professor Kershaw's recent Hitler biography (Vo.2) shows a public still unsatiated.
The sheer volume of the Third Reich archive available to researchers, and the rewards which bring some of the most skilled historians to work on this material has meant the Hitler publishing industry has been very well served.
None more so than by Joachim Fest. It is a testament to Fest's 'Hitler' that it remains a landmark biography more than twenty years after first publication in Germany.
Joachim Fest was not a professional historian when 'Hitler' was written, nevertheless he created a prodigy of a book. Weighty, perceptive and impressively researched, it is a remarkable history of a period so personally identified with the Dictator.
The sustained power of the book derives from the flair with which the author analyses the psychological drives of his subject and explores the contrasts between the self-image and the actuality. Fest's 'Hitler' belongs to the 'psycho-History' school of historiography. He examines Hitler's essential rigidity, the intellect dwarfed by prejudice and the origins of the enormous up-draughts of his imagination (autobahn, racial-extermination, New World Order) which his autocrats hastened to accomplish.
He successfully tests his assumptions about Hitler against the choices he made (and didn't make) through his personal odyssey from obscurity to power and the final days as a 'cake-gobbling wreck' in the bunker.
With wonderful fluidity and expression, Fest has raised biography to an art form in this book, but 'Hitler' is not an easy read. Philosophically it is determinist, unravelling a bleak view of unstoppable fate and destiny. In spite of this it remains a bravura work of imagination, veracity and force.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best so far., 29 Oct. 2014
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By far the best book I have yet read on the phenomenon of Hitler and the Third Reich, of their rise and fall. Despite deep analysis of all the political ramifications and backdrop to the rise of Hitler, the book developed for me into something far more gripping than any novel. From Hitler as the strong master of oratory and manipulator of circumstance to the "cake-gobbling human wreck" of his final hours in the bunker, the whole narrative is compelling; and at least for me a warning against all who would seek to devour and sacrifice the individuality and preciousness of each human being to the "good of the nation".

The four stars reflects the sheer number of typos in the Kindle edition. It seems to me rather sad that the entire EReader experience is constantly corrupted by the failure of so many publishers to ensure that the electronic book is as free from error as most printed books. Even those that are pricey!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating study, 27 Feb. 2014
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Incredible book, illuminating and insightful. The punctuation after translation is very ropey (on ipad version) but doesn't detract from the quality of the book. Scholarly study so it's no light reading but by far one if the most informative works I have read about this period of history. Highly recommend to those with a serious interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Sept. 2014
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Book arrived well packed and was as advertised. Would buy from this sellar again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best biographies ever!, 20 Jun. 2013
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Very interesting book in immaculate condition! One can discover amazing details and information regarding that era.
It is also written like a novel very pleasant to read.
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