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This masterful biography by one of Germany’s best known journalists was the leading nonfiction best seller in Germany. Fest shows Hitler as the receptacle of the dreads and resentments of a shaken social order, gifted with an uncanny instinct for all that was hollow behind the appearance of power, at home and abroad. Though a warped human being, he was neither clown nor puppet, as many liked to think; Hitler appears here as an enormously astute politician, impressing and hypnotizing Germans and foreigners alike with the scope of his projects and the theatricality of their presentation. In the last analysis, however, Fest uncovers in Hitler a constantly destructive personality, which aimed at and achieved destruction on an unprecedented scale, not least because an insecure world gave him his opportunities.

©1991 Classics on Tape (P)1991 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Best book on Hitler and era

I have read several books about this era and about Hitler but this one was definitely the best by a good measure. 1 of the things that separates this from others is that he was far enough removed from that time enabling him to have an objectivity lacking in varying degrees in other books. The other thing this offers which I appreciated was to focus almost solely on the period before World War II as that has been covered almost to exhaustion at this point. People looking for a book on World War II or on his actions during the war should probably look elsewhere.

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Should be part of high school education

should be part of h.s. curriculum. Very educational. Excellent narration. In depth and much appreciated.

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The best biography

The best biography among multiple contenders. Beautifully written (and translated), deeply thoughtful, and captures the frightening, appalling time with a chilling immediacy. Read expertly by Davidson.