Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography Paperback – Dec 1 1991
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“The first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or [World War II] in Europe must read. . . . A marvel.” —Newsweek
“Toland weaves the epic tapestry of popular history, meshing together thousands of details into monumental narratives of wartime drama.” —Chicago Tribune
“An unusually revealing picture . . . highly detailed . . . marvelously absorbing . . . must be ranked as one of the most complete pictures of Hitler.” —The New York Times
“A significant contribution.” —Houston Chronicle
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A national bestseller with more than 370,000 copies in print, this is "the first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or the war in Europe must read... a marvel of fact."--NewsweekSee all Product Description
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Though daunting at over 100 pages, Toland has a good stroytelling touch, making the book quite readble. Toland thoroughly chronicles Hitler's life, from his abused upbrining, through his service in the First World War, to his rise as a young politician, and finally his seizure of power and all the evil that followed. The book is generously sprinkled with photographs and other illustratins to help the reader.
Overall, an outstanding historical biography that is as monumental as its subject.
I would highly recommend this tome for anyone who is interested in learning the basic information regarding Hitler and the Third Reich. (Of course, it should be no substitute for Mein Kampf. If you want to know what Hitler was thinking....why not read his own words for yourself?)
Hitler remains probably the most feared, hated and potentially misunderstood characters of modern times. His memory is asserted to embody the proposition of evil itself, perhaps impractical, perhaps not. What remains is the fact that Hitler indeed did change the world and his influence is still felt today. The balance of world power for the rest of time, in my opinion, is cast under his shadow. This book catalogs in vivid detail the beginnings of what should have been a very minor event: the birth of a seemingly 'normal' Austrian boy. This boy was instead the man who embarked on a journey to become one of the most legendary and powerful humans in world history.
Hitlers is a mind of vision, power and tragedy. His stunning opportunity to do 'something good' for the world (or more directly Germany), metamorphosed into one of the most destructive armed conflicts and proliferation of systematic human slaughter ever. Inside the pages of this extremely detailed revelation, a reader may explore what it means to be defined as "a calamity without parallel in history." This book offered me illumination at the entrance of a "door into a dark, unseen room." I hold nothing back when I suggest you explore the multidimensional contingencies, inside this book, detailing of a man possessed by fate.
Who was Hitler? This book will grant you elaboration into one of the most profound answers available.
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This is fairly well written book, in terms of readability, at least, but I would hardly agree that it is the 'definitive biography' as the sub-title suggests. Read morePublished on March 25 2011 by C. J. Thompson
This work covers extensively every aspect of Hitler's youth, rise and downfall. As far as I can tell it is an unbiased, realistic portrait of the second most horrible human ever... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2011 by Marc Ranger
By the end of John Toland's biography on Hitler, I am suprised to find myself left with a feeling of sadness for this man. Read morePublished on May 15 2004
John Toland is a highly regarded,
well-rounded historian who made a serious effort to
write a fairly unbiased book on the public and private
life and times of... Read more
Whew! This was quite a long biography, but how can a person like Adolf Hitler be written in a short and sweet version. Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by Daniel Vullo
When this book was released in 1976 it came in two volumes. The first pertained to hitler's early years to his rise to power, the second pertained to the war years. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2003 by Rolltide
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