The Meaning of Hitler
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Tough-minded evaluation of Hitler's career...That this book was a best-seller in Germany [43 weeks] indicates that Haffner's countrymen welcomed this compact, lucid, hard-headed reexamination of contemporary history.
Sebastian Haffner's book already has received recognition...as perhaps the best that has dealt with the phenomenon of Hitler and his impact on the 20th century. It is better than Trevor-Roper's best-seller, "The Last Days of Hitler,.".a most penetrating analysis of what Hitler was up to in his astonishing career. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A remarkable historical and psychological study of the enigma of Adolf Hitler and his impact on the twentieth century - by the bestselling author of DEFYING HITLER. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
It does not pretend, like so many biographies, to explain the 'deeper' causes of e.g. Hitler's antisemitism as the product of his childhood - it leaves such interpretations to psychologists. What is does do is put all his major political and military decisions into a coherent framework and interpret these in the light of his world view and ideological motives.
The book is not for Hitler 'beginners', as it deals mostly with major issues, and assumes a reader who is familiar with the historical facts of Third Reich and WW2 history. It does not so much recount those facts as interpret and explain them.
Personally, I liked the author's "The German Revolution" better, but his keen analytical powers are present in this short volume as well, though his style is more personal and so more open to criticism.
My own previous study of the man is confined to Alan Bullock's early and brilliant biography ("Hitler - A Study In Tyranny"), and general knowledge of the history of the Third Reich and the Second World War. But I found this was more than sufficient to cope with the author's assumptions of knowledge on the reader's behalf, and thoroughly appreciated following his cool-headed lines of argument and analysis.
Haffner breaks his study very effectively under seven headings: Life, Achievements, Successes, Misconceptions, Mistakes, Crimes, and Betrayal. In doing so I believe he turns over several stones hitherto left largely undisturbed.
The most significant example may be the final murderous acts Hitler attempted (with partial success) to inflict upon the German people. Along with his relatively in-depth consideration of the most "conspicous" of Hitler's errors - declaring war on America - , one is left staring at the implication that Hitler's attachment to the German people may have been only a matter of necessity if he was to achieve his blood-thirsty and inexplicable revenge on the Jews.Read more ›
ask the question of HOW did it happen, how COULD it have happened. For decades I have been puzzled by the complete
inconsistencies in the Hitler story, how a complete nonentity could suddenly discover a talent that brought him to absolute power,
then victory after victory despite the reservations of the army experts, then defeat after defeat, and finally disaster. Haffner describes the
process brillianly, a wonderful readable analysis: Hitler's early life, his achievements, successes, misconceptions, mistakes, crimes and
finally his great betrayal of the German people.
How could such a man, with hate radiating in his every speech seduce a highly civilised country? How could he enchant an entire country
and inspire such loyalty almost up to his death? Because he gave (at first) SPIRIT to a demoralised Germany, he put people back to work,
he gave them a charismatic, energetic leader ... his performances simply blew them away! Look at any of the photographs - they adored
him! "Without a vision the people perish" - he gave them that vision. And then he went bad, felt the German people hadn't fought hard
enough, had let him down, deserved to perish with him - it's all a bit reminiscent of certain gurus. As says Haffner, within the highly gifted
politician always lurked the mass murderer - he wanted to turn Germany into a sort of stud farm "and in the end Hitler acted like a bad-
tempered and disappointed stud owner who has his best horse whipped to death because it proved unable to win the Derby".
Let us not forget that the whole zeitgeist was different in the 20's & 30's.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Albeit a forensic examination of horrific personal traits, obscene aims and even worse actions and outcomes, it is extremely well written, presented and argued. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Malcolm MacINTYRE-READ
I was very pleased with the all round service provided by this Amazon authorised book reseller appropriately awarding five stars. Read morePublished on 10 Aug. 2012 by James Chambers