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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitler in his place, 3 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Hitler of History (Vintage) (Paperback)
"Hitler" has become less a person than a brand name in the years since his death. His name is applied with equal casualness to left- and right-wing politics, and against anything and anyone one doesn't like. What Hitler and the short-lived Nazi phenomenon really was has been tailored to suit the biases of every historian who has examined them. Lukas shows how Hitler and the Nazis are distorted by the lens of each historian's own bigotry and shortcomings. And yet, at the same time, he demonstrates a truth too often overlooked by historians playing petty oneupsmanship against those who don't share their own political views -- that Hitler was an extremely complex man, whose unique ideology doesn't fit comfortably into either the conventional politics of left or right, but combines the worst aspects of both. This book is a critical examination of Hitler biographies, as well as an assessment of Hitler himself -- which is like grasping water -- Lukan has written a valuable resource for anyone who wants to see beyond typical parochial presentations. And the ultimate conclusion one reaches when reading it is that instead of looking outward for the answer to why Hitler happened, one should look introspectively, at one's own heart.
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