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Bit too much biased waffle for my liking
on 17 April 2015
Bit too much biased waffle for my liking. Right from the start it felt like an attack on Hitler and thus hardly an impartial study. A bit too academic and pedantic and hard to get into the flow of the book because there was none. I had to give up halfway through which is most unusual. There is great depth of detail but after the intitial few chapters you wonder if he is saying it for real or out of spite. I had just finished Tolands version of *Hitler* which was an amazing book which went into great detail, almost as if he was there himself and so more of a story to it rather than bland facts.
Its a shame because I had high hopes for this book. But either way what a fascinating subject to see how he came to power and how *normal* folk could do abnormal things. Given a similar alignment of the planets I have no doubt it will happen again. The world is screaming out for a leader, rather than the puppets we have in politics today (2015) It wasnt so much that Hitler was truly exceptional, rather the world craved such a man.But as usual power corrupts and it all falls down, time and time again. One great thing I got from this book was this quote:
"Neither blindness nor ignorance corrupts people and governments. They soon realise where the path they have taken is leading them. But there is an impulse within them, favoured by their natures and reinforced by their habits, which they do not resist; it continues to propel them forward... He who overcomes himself is divine. Most see their ruin before their eyes; but they go on into it." Leopold von Ranke