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  • Paperback: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; Reissue edition (Dec 1 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385420536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385420532
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."--Newsweek

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As an amateur student of WWII history I have tried hard to understand more about how the major "players" came to be, thought, and operated before, during, and after (when applicable) the war. John Toland's biography of Hitler is an amazing piece of historical literature!! If you've ever read any of Toland's books (I've read "Battle: The Story of the Bulge" and "The Last 100 Days" - both excellent) you know he can convey a story that makes the words feel alive. He does that here equally as well in a 900 page masterpiece. He starts with a historical background of the Hitler lineage (and possible Jewish blood!) and ends in with various Nazi elites and their capture, deaths, etc after the fall of Berlin and Hitler's suicide. In between we get a marvelous picture of a child Adolf - his closeness to his mother and estrangement from his father; a young man searching for his place - time spent in Vienna flop houses struggling to survive, failing to acheive and finding his place in the political upheaval leading to the Great War; his time at the front - from runner to gassed Iron cross winner; his "Time of Struggle" in forming the NADSP and leading a failed putsch, prison, and release to a country ready to embrace him; to his rise to Chancellor, dictator, statesman, warlord, self-proclaimed Christ, mass murderer; to a broken, pre-aged, sickly man how ultimately takes his own life to avoid paying the butchers bill. Toland weaves a story that is both easy to read and historically engaging. I learned a lot and had fun doing it - just the way I love history!!!
Highly recommended.
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Historian John Toland's "Adolf Hitler" stands as the greatest of the many works that have been published about the 20th Century's most fascinating and diabolical leader. Toland doesn't content himself by merely reporting the facts, rather he makes a real effort to get inside the man's head and determine how he came to be such an explosive package of brilliance and insanity. The story of Hitler the man is so improbable that had this been a work of fiction, no one would have found it plausible. He was a self-man who, against all odds, seized absolute power in a Europe in which until his own adulthood, heredity usually dictated one's station in life.
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.
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I read this book behind Mein Kampf (MK) in 1991. I was 16 then, and much of what was in MK was confusing and hard to understand. Hitler meant MK to be read by adherents to the Nazi party and, therefore, those people would know the history behind what was written in the book. John Toland does a wonderful job in writing an easily accessible and understandable biography for the person who is just beginning to study this complex era in our world's history. His research is well documented throughout the book, and one can get a good sense of what Hitler was like and how life was under his rule from 1933-1945. Also, this book gives a good insight into the men and women who supported the National Socialist movement and how their influence dictated the rise and fall of the Third Reich. One can easily find themselves studying other influential people in Hitler's circle as well as Hitler himself. Toland does a very good job of not painting a judgemental picture of the subject of which he is writing about.

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?)
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I bought this book off of Amazon, based entirely on the positive aspects of its review amongst the community. Having finished it a few weeks ago, I must admit it lived up to exactly what I was expecting, if not more. I was completely satisfied, enthralled and enlightened as to the nature of WWII history, concerning in particular the often hyped leader of the 'National Socialist Party'. In regard to wanting substantiation to who Hitler was, I cannot commend this book in any more explicit language than to claim it will satisfy the thirst of those desire knowledge.

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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