This is a very informative and interesting book. Ernst Hanfstaengl was in very close proximity to Hitler and his innercircle for several years, until Hitler eventually froze him out. Hanfstaengl gives you knowledge into Hitler's personality and behavior that makes for some very insightful reading. He tells how he and other people around Hitler tried to steer him away from his negative ways. The author also talks candidly about Joseph Goebbels. Since Hanfstaengl was very close to Hitler in the early years of the Nazi Party, he has much to say about the future leader of Germany. This is one book that should be read by anyone interested in Hitler and his inner workings. Recommended.
Hanfstaengl writes a fascinating story. My first reaction was "methinks the man doth protest too much." As one researches Hitler in depth he finds that many of the incidents as presented by Hanfstaengl are completely erroneous and others questionable. But it is a very well written book that is a good "beginner's" book on Hitler--but read it with caution, and don't quote him as factual until you check the "fact" out with more reliable sources.