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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly researched and highly readable biography.
Bullock's achievement is one of demystiftying Hitler. One by one, the onion-skin layers of Hitler mythology are stripped away. Simple demonization makes way for an intelligent character study of a massively complex character, and simplistic Neo-Nazi whitewash is debunked.
Hitler was a political genius who skillfully outwitted the powers of Europe, and on the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hitler: A Study In Bias
I accept that Alan Bullock, Baron Bullock, was respected and considered a great historian, but his biography of the Nazi leader, 'Hitler: a study in tyranny', is flawed and overrated. I do not mean to suggest it is a bad book. In fact, it does have three good qualities. First, it remains a useful introduction for anyone interested in Hitler and the Third Reich, due to its...
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent objective analysis, 2 July 2001
enthralling read: author makes use of a great deal of contemporary material to explore the opportunities and conditions leading to the rise of a mono-maniac. Intersting object lessons for historians of the effects of punitive awards for reparations (after first world war) and the ease with which 'private armies' can be fostered given the right conditions.
An absolute must, for general readers and specialists alike.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent biography on Hitler by a British author., 29 May 1998
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A well researched book. I would have given it a higher mark but the anti-nazi comes out a little too strong from this author. To get a better understanding of where Hitler was coming from the author should have done more to understand the nazi movement at that time. Hitler believed in what he did, the author does not take this view very often in the book. The book covers all the major parts of Hitler's life and a few parts that may surprise you...A good read if you like history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just the Facts, 22 Jun 1999
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This is the basic book that the "WWII" industry has standardized in the field. It provides a great deal of factual information, moving beyond esoteric analyses of Hitler, to examine the War as well. Although Bullock seems "anti-Nazi" it was one of the most unbiased books on this "dark" topic. A nice part of the book is the detail that Bullock gets into with regard to Germany's pre-WWII Treaties.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate depiction of Hitler, 11 Dec 1998
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I studied this book in high school; this is a history book.
This is by no means a complete depiction of Hitler's life and generally focuses on historical events rather than Hitler the person.
If you don't know much about Hitler, I would recommend this book to you. You will learn a lot.
Unfortunately, there is not much information about the Holocaust.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book but........, 7 Feb 2012
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Say what you like about Hitler. He was a great painter! Forget about your Rembrandts and your Picassos and your Van Goghs and the rest of those gratuitous, brainless and mindless daubers! Now Hitler!!? There WAS a painter! TWO rooms in ONE day!!! That's what I call PAINTING!! Okay.....so bathrooms and landings cost extra and sometimes he got things out of perspective! But he WAS a PAINTER!! And if he liked you..... well..... he'd slip you the odd dirty postcard for free. Of course, we'd always reciprocate with a sticky bun. Adolf or Ada as we called him loved his sticky buns! He loved nothing better than a big dollop of fresh cream on his sauerkraut sandwiches! Sometimes we'd get to talking and boy could he talk!! He'd tell us of his ambitions in life. He said he wanted to paint Poland and then Russia. Naturally, we'd try to talk him out of it. "You haven't enough paint to do big jobs like that, Ada! Stick to painting Germany!" We'd say. He'd always reply " Some day I'll have enough paint to paint the world! You just watch me!" What a guy! What a guy! He just lived for painting! What a guy! Happy days! Happy days!

Seriously, folks........It is the greatest tragedy that " unser alter "Freund" " Mr Schicklgruber wasn't cornered and collared by the German police (as they were at that time) the first time that he ever stood up to spew his diabolical claptrap and locked up by the same German police in the nearest mental asylum with the rest of the fruitcakes of whom there were so many in Germany at that time. It is also a great tragedy that he wasn't killed by the British tourist John Scott Ellis who had the good fortune to knock the nutcase down as he (Mr Ellis) drove down Briennerstrasse in Munich on 22 August 1931 in his car. It is also a great tragedy that Mr Schicklgruber wasn't killed earlier on 13 March 1930 when he and his "electioneering" henchmen survived the speeding truck whose driver , unfortunately, had the bad luck and the bad taste to narrowly miss and obliterate Schicklgruber and his passengers. It is a great tragedy that the German High Command in 1938 abandoned their plan to have the little Bohemian corporal arrested and declared insane. It is a great tragedy that von Stauffenberg hadn't succeeded in blowing the Austrian vagabond and street cleaner to smithereens. It is a great tragedy that the German people had not laughed and laughed at Schicklgruber's maniacal nonsense, instead of applauding and cheering his insane rants and instead sent the little runt Schicklgruber back to oblivion and to the hell from which he most undoubtedly came. So many opportunities missed..........

Tragically, it was not to be.

A great book by Bullock which details the rise and fall of a deranged nonentity who in other times would have remained an unknown and deranged nonentity.

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