Selling Hitler: Story of the Hitler Diaries Paperback – 13 Apr 1987
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..". one of the most gripping books I have read in ages." - William L. Shirer, "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" "Impossible to stop reading." - "Observer" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
His classic account of THE HITLER DIARIES - 'Impossible to Stop Reading' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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'Selling Hitler' also provides a chilling insight into the unhealthy fascination that Adolf Hitler continues to hold for a surprisingly large number of people. In tracing the origins of the diaries, Harris investigates sinsister ex-SS men and peculiar millionaires obsessed with Nazi memoribilia. The strong reaction to the diaries all over the world proved that Hitler and the Nazis still have the power to unsettle and disturb. The book also has interesting insights into how Germany and the Germans have coped with the legacy of the Nazis.
Above all, 'Selling Hitler' is an engrossing and fascinating read; I found myself literally unable to put it down as I got closer to the climax. It is extremely well crafted - like other well written non-fiction books such as 'Schindlers Ark', the writer refrains from any writerly showing off and tells the story in a straightforward and engaging manner. Highly recommended.
On April Fools' Day 1983 Hugh Trevor-Roper, distinguished historian and Independent National Director of the Times, was told the German magazine, Stern, had discovered the private diaries of Adolph Hitler. Trevor-Roper was sceptical they were genuine but agreed to travel to Zurich on behalf of the Times to examine the material. When provided with copies of the documents he decided they were authentic. Trevor-Roper's opinion was important because he had produced several books on Hitler and, working on behalf of British Intelligence, demonstrated that claims Hitler outlived the war were without foundation. He turned his findings into a book, "The Last Days of Hitler", which was published in 1947. In 1953 he published "Hitler's Table Talk" which captured "the authentic voice of Hitler." This and his penchant for aggressive debate did not endear him to his fellow historians some of whom were delighted when the diaries proved to be forgeries.
Trevor-Roper believed the diaries would lead to new interpretations of history.Read more ›
It's quite staggering how small time forger Konrad Kujau managed not only to produce 61 volumes of fake Hitler diaries over an 18 month period, but to fool publishing houses, handwriting experts and historians (including Hugh Trevor-Roper) into believing they were genuine. And Harris tells the tale perfectly and in great detail and the humour of the sorry saga is not lost on him for one moment. Highly recommended - I've read this book three times in the past 15 years.
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An excellent account of how people believed that a man who did not like writing produced a diary. According to Harris the diary was so boring no one would want to read it. Read morePublished 50 minutes ago by Stephen Sharp
Really enjoyed the depth of the description. The author captures the incredible story very effectively. Another Robert Harris triumph. Very much enjoyedPublished 7 days ago by Jo Williams
This is the usual immaculate standard of writing; I found the list of characters at the beginning a great help to my enjoyment of this book.Published 2 months ago by Jean Jackson
Robert Harris can be relied on to give a thorough and gripping account over a wide range of subjects, and "Selling Hitler" is true to form.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fascinating story, meticulously researched and very well written. Reads like a thriller. Robert Harris at his very best (and he is always good).Published 5 months ago by JohnN
First class storytelling like 'An officer and a Spy'. More gripping than the fictional 'thrillers' I have been reading. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. P. Skeldon
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