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on 3 August 2012
"A challenging biography, dramatic, provocative and popular...Norman Stone has brilliantly illustrated the contrast between the 'Nuremberg Hitler' and the Nazi leader portrayed by present-day historians." - FINANCIAL TIMES

"The best English account in short compass of Adolf Hitler. Norman Stone, a historian of distinction, has drawn a portrait of Hitler which I endorse almost without reservation" - A.J.P. Taylor in THE OBSERVER

"A first-class work, highly to be recommended to anyone who wants to get the whole picture of the man who altered the world." - DAILY TELEGRAPH

"A riveting and confident narrative as remarkable for its tension as its readability. A valuable and much needed synthesis." - THE TIMES

"A clear, brilliantly succinct, shrewd portrait...fresh, cool, even witty." - SUNDAY EXPRESS

In common with many of his other books, this work by Norman Stone is pithy, insightful and witty. He has perhaps the best eye for an anecdote in a historian that I have ever seen - who else would have noted that as Hitler sat in his bunker, with the Russians surrounding him, he gave into his cake cravings and polished off plates of the stuff. Or, that he liked his (preferably chocolate) cakes to have a little swastika made of icing on top. Stone brings together all the sources then available (1980) to go beyond the Hitler legend, smashing myths as he goes. Unsurprisingly, considering the book is 30 years old, not all of the history if up to date. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a short, entertaining book that will explain Hitler without bias, and which is accessible to laymen, then I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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