The Hitler Book: The Secret Dossier Prepared for Stalin Hardcover – 7 Nov 2005
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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 An extraordinary historical document .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A groundbreaking historical document .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)
'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 NemesisSee all Product Description
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Great detail and facts, very well written and held my interest all the wayPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
A must read for anyone interested in the history of Hitler & what he really was like. He had to be a very sick person, to do & think the way he did.Published on 16 Jun. 2013 by vivian miller
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