Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography MP3 CD – 15 May 2014
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"The first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or [World War II] in Europe must read. . . . A marvel." --"Newsweek
"Toland weaves the epic tapestry of popular history, meshing together thousands of details into monumental narratives of wartime drama."" --Chicago Tribune
"An unusually revealing picture . . . highly detailed . . . marvelously absorbing . . . must be ranked as one of the most complete pictures of Hitler." --"The New York Times
"A significant contribution." --"Houston Chronicle"
The first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or [World War II] in Europe must read. . . . A marvel. "Newsweek
Toland weaves the epic tapestry of popular history, meshing together thousands of details into monumental narratives of wartime drama. " Chicago Tribune
An unusually revealing picture . . . highly detailed . . . marvelously absorbing . . . must be ranked as one of the most complete pictures of Hitler. "The New York Times
A significant contribution. "Houston Chronicle"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A national bestseller with more than 370,000 copies in print, this is "the first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or the war in Europe must read... a marvel of fact."--"Newsweek --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, if these questions continually vex you, you ought to read John Toland's splendid and provocative biography on Adolf Hitler. It is well-written, and very thorough, as it chronicles Hitler as a young boy growing up in Austria, to the founding of the Nazi party, and culminating with Hitler's ascension and command of the Third Reich. Toland provides probing insight into the forces (both in his personal life and the external political environment in Germany) which drove Hitler to relentless anti-Semitism, and the reasons for his obsession to rid the world of Jews.
He also delves into Hitler's troubled personal life, detailing his close relationship with his mother, and his somewhat ambiguous relationship with his wife, Eva Braun.
But Toland also describes other elements of Hitler's life which were more positive, such as the construction of the autobahnen (auto routes) for military transport, and the founding of the Volkswagen (the People's Car). While these are rather prominent cultural icons in today's society, who would attribute them to a man as hated and reviled as Hitler?
For anyone interested in obtaining a "complete" and "objective" picture of Adolf Hitler as a man who achieved great power and influence in one of the most economically advanced countries in the world, and not just a chronicling of his anti-Semitic actions (which should not be minimized), then I would strongly recommend John Toland's fascinating biography,"Adolf Hitler."
I have read many books, and most of the classics on WW2 from English and German soldiers but very little detail exists on Hitler himself who actually seems pretty normal growing up, aside from a *strange* almost obsessive hatred of the Jews and completely unjustified from the content of the book, but maybe it was something he picked up from his father growing up, either way it seems to be an irrational hatred and this reveals it was him who started the jew hating purge in WW2 Germany. All the great characters are there as he meets them (Goring, Rohm etc) and he was clearly in the right place at the right time, though many times he could have fizzled out like most of the protest movements in abundance at the time. He was a star destined for this time and worked hard to create the movement that changed the world forever. One could easily imagine it happening again if the planets so aligned. So much of what people saw in him is relevant today in triplicate. A fascinating insight into what was an ordinary man who became a monster and the detail is exquisite from birth to death. This is the foundation stone of WW2. A massive book but buy it in large format if you can. Mine was normal paper back size and you could hardly open and read it from the middle onwards. Possibly one of the best, most informative books of the era and the detail is exquisit..
I am only half way through the book, but having been daunted by a book of this length, find it much more of a page-turner than I expected, and of course the length appears to be well justified.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent and well written addition to any Third Reich book collection, with a lot of information missed in other books.Published 1 month ago by Roger Edward Deshon
a gripping retelling of the life of a fascinating but evil man.Toland breathes life into events rendering them immediate and fresh.Published 12 months ago by christine dolan
Fascinating, well researched, well written and very objective. A very long and detailed book that never becomes boring and always succeeds in engaging the reader. Read morePublished 19 months ago by markw
for a secondhand book that cost £2.81 I could not have asked for much better, I ordered and it was delivered to me in Gibraltar within 4 days. 5 star , thanks v muchPublished 19 months ago by T. Aindow
Fest and Tolands books are the most interesting I have read so far about Hitler and this turbulent period. Excellent read highly recommended.Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by Vassia Emmanouilidou
Adolf Hitler. To come from total obscurity, join an insignificant Political Party and within a few short years transform this small party Germans into the Nazi Party, which in... Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2007 by A. Macrae
This is the definitive biography of the maniacal dictator, the best since Robert Payne's "The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 1999