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Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography MP3 CD – 15 May 2014

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (15 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482988224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482988222
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.3 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,825,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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"Toland weaves the epic tapestry of popular history, meshing together thousands of details into monumental narratives of wartime drama."" --Chicago Tribune
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"An unusually revealing picture . . . highly detailed . . . marvelously absorbing . . . must be ranked as one of the most complete pictures of Hitler." --"The New York Times
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"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
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Toland weaves the epic tapestry of popular history, meshing together thousands of details into monumental narratives of wartime drama. " Chicago Tribune
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An unusually revealing picture . . . highly detailed . . . marvelously absorbing . . . must be ranked as one of the most complete pictures of Hitler. "The New York Times
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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.

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Ever wonder what made Adolf Hitler one of this century's most reviled, yet powerful political leaders? Ever wonder what drove Hitler to his incessant desire to rid the world of Jews and all people of the "non-Aryan" race?

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."
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I am currently in the middle of this rather large book and am thoroughly fascinated with the both the historical and personal aspects of Mr. Toland's writing. I am recommending the book to others who, like me, may not appreciate all that Hitler represented to Germans and other Europeans and why his rise to power happened as it did. I see the book as a strong reminder of the need to involve oneself in the matters of civil life and the delicate balance between government and citizenry. I thank Mr. Toland for his detailed, yet objectively reported, inclusion of the personal details of Hitler's life. From these facts an individual can form their own thoughts about the evolution of this horrid piece of modern history. Hitler and the swastika are disturbing imagery in the current world yet, I feel it is by educating oneself on this dreadful history we are most able to protect ourselves from its reoccurrence. Mr. Toland makes this possible with a thoroughly human portrayal of the real Hitler.
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Format: Paperback
Not a stone unturned in this amazing detailed account of Hitler and the third reich from childhood through till death. Almost like knowing him in person.

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..
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As a novice in modern history, I find this book illuminating of the attitudes of the time, as well as of the man. Evidently a very well researched book, written in a non-academic and very readable style. While this era is plainly well documented, the number of detailed and fascinating scenarios is remarkable. The author sets out to write as if with no pre judgement. A difficult target to set, but I can detect no overall agenda, and this helps to show how people at the time, pre-war, were enthralled by the man (including Lloyd George and Bernard Shaw, but not Mussolini).
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.
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A fascinating biography of the dictator and reveals his human side. This shows him as a man selflessly dedicated to righting the wrongs done to the German people by the vindictive Versailles treaty. His irrational racist views are revealed but he seems to have turned a blind eye to the brutal way his anti-Jewish policies were carried out. He does not come over in the book as the monster that many would have us believe.
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