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The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin Hardcover – 7 Nov 2005

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 1st John Murray Edition edition (7 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719554985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719554988
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The portrait that emerges is far more complex than the conventional one-dimensional picture of a monster (Sunday Times)

A unique insight into Hitler's life (Publishing News)

'An amazing insight into Hitler's personal world . . . An extraordinary historical document . . . Something of a publishing event' (Bookseller)

A groundbreaking historical document . . . A remarkable insight into Hitler's daily life . . . and one of the most authentic sources of information on the history of the Third Reich (Daily Telegraph)

'Fascinating' (Simon Sebag-Montefiore)

Fascinating . . . Captivating ... Full of curious snapshots of a man whose private persona has been shrouded in mystery (Guardian)

An astonishingly intimate portrait of the dictator (The Times)

'Admirably readable' (Literary review, Evan Mawdsley)

'The Hitler Book gives a powerful portrait of the German dictator' (Catholic Herald)

A document of importance, which will from now on take its place in the sources for Hitler's life (Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: Hubris and Nemesis)

Unexpected and original (Richard Overy)

'A fascinating view of two tyrants at war for control of greater Europe' (South China Morning Post)

'A fascinating dossier compiled for Stalin by his secret police which sheds extraordinary light on Hitler's brutality. Meticulously researched.' (Good Book Guide)

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'This is a document of importance, which will from now on take its place in the sources for Hitler's life.' Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: Hubris and Nemesis

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This book is a bestseller in Germany and has been described as one of the most authentic sources of information on the Third Reich. The basis of the book is a rare and impressive historical find: a dossier on the personal and political life of Adolf Hitler between 1933-45. The dossier was originally compiled on Stalin's orders by the Soviet secret police and is based on the interrogation of two of Hitler's closest long-term subordinates. This book is an indispensable read, not just for historians, but for everyone interested in this era of German history, and should certainly put an end to the myth that Hitler had nothing to do with the gas chambers. It shows him in all his banality as well as his brutality.
If you've seen films like "Downfall", this book will help you separate fact from fiction. It is very well researched, with footnotes on the relevant page providing meticulous annotation of errors in the original document as well as providing additional information. The text itself is left to stand on its own, undisturbed by interpretations, analyses or distracting comments. The editors’ introduction and extensive postscript give context to the whole document while a foreword by the authoritative Richard Overy completes the book.
Not to be missed!
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I was given this book for my most recent birthday, and it has proved a most gripping read. The two aides in question, Linge and Guensche, were taken by the Soviets in 1945 and were released to Germany in 1955. Guensche, who appears to have been a fervent and unrepentant Nazi, disappeared into East Germany, while the less hardline Linge emigrated to Western Germany, where he wrote another book, Bis zum Ende: Als Chef des Persoenlichen Dienstes bei Hitler (1980). In my long forgotten German, I translate this as Right to the end: As Chief of Hitler's Personal Services.

SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer Heinz Linge was Hitler's personal assistant and valet, and SS-Sturmbannfuehrer Otto Guensche was one of his his personal adjutants. (SS-Obersturmbannfuehrer is equivalent to a British army major/ lieutenant-colonel, and SS-Sturmbannfuehrer was equivalent to a British army captain.) Both were captured in Berlin before the German surrender and when the Soviets found out their true identities, they were taken to Moscow and eventually in 1948-49 compelled to write down their memories of their time in Hitler's service and even from the point of Hitler's rise to power in 1933. The underlying reason for this effort was Stalin's need to know that Hitler really was dead, and his curiosity about the inner workings of Hitler's regime itself; and, Overy supposes, his need to compare himself with Hitler and his regime with that of the Third Reich.

Their writings were edited and produced in book form by the Soviet secret service (one of the interesting sidelights in the book is the non-cooperative interplay between all of the different arms of the Soviet secret services) and the resulting "book" was submitted to Stalin on 29 December 1949.
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As a self confirmed history buff...especially Nazi Germany I thought I'd give this a go. And I'm glad I did.

It gives you a month by month account of Hitler's life, his henchmen, his women etc...

but aside from what he did with his troops and everything military it had trivia. And that is what interested me.

What Hitler did with his spare time, how he spoke to his party members, his health, his relationship with Eva Braun is all covered by people who actually saw it.

The best book I've read on the subject although I must give praise to 'Until The Final Hour' by Tradl Junge.
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This book creates a more human like picture of Hitler, as you read more you get the feeling you get to know him more than i any other docu or book as they amost always picture himas a mindles evil devil.
Its a perfect read for the person who wants to know more about this topic.
But you have to keep in mind that it was all written by soviets so there is a degree of propaganda there.
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i read this book recently with no great hope of anything special, unfortnately i was right.
there are much better books out there on the subject. For what it is its ok, even at times slightly entertaining,
however i would spend my time reading something better........
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I read alot of wwII books and have to say that The Hitler Book is definately one of the best. Although the book was written by the Soviets for Stalin whenever there are any historical inaccuracies they have been corrected and whenever a person is mentioned there is a really good reference at the back of the book. Very highly recommended.The Hitler Book: The Secret Report by His Two Closest Aides
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