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A superb well written history focused biography,
This review is from: Hitler (Paperback)
One of the most formidable aspects of this book is the fact that it is extremely informative and at the same time so easy going, so good is the reading. Mr. Kershaw did a herculean research based on a lifetime trying to capture and decipher all the angles of the War, the Holocaust, Nazi Mentality and of the "great"' Warlord. It appears that he put everything he had in this brilliant and passionate work, definitely much more than just only a Hitler biography. He takes your hand and walks with you through the first half of the XX century like a thorough teacher who gives his pupils the whole picture of an event without relenting from the main subject, making every step feel interesting and connected.
Throughout the whole thousand pages I never really felt I was reading a book mainly focused on Hitler's life, but rather a fabulous research of the events, which tried to explain and understand how the once frustrated wanna be painter could become the most powerful, cherished and hated politician in the world and wage a brutal war until his dead in 1945. It's easily understandable that no one could write a biography dealing deeply with the aspects of the private life of a man who had no true friends and was utterly secretive, simply because there is no known private life. When it comes to Hitler we are faced with someone playing day and night the role of the "Führer" even to his closest entourage, someone whose life has to be studied and seen in a broader light. And this was exactly what Mr. Kershaw did with amazing competence. You won't find here the small detail in Hitler's day by day life. Instead, you are given a psychological frame of the tyrant which develops throughout his life and a brilliant account of the unfolding events that led to the Second World War and of the war itself.
At the end of this absorbing tragic reading one can't escape the feeling that such an enormity belongs to the domain of fiction, wouldn't every bit of it be true.