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A ruthless dictator who saved his country from economic ruin only to nearly destroy it?and an entire people?in his quest for world domination, Adolf Hitler forever changed the course of history. In this masterful account of Hitler's life, biographer A. N. Wilson pulls back the curtain to reveal the man behind the mythic figure, shedding new light on Hitler's personality, his desires, and his complex relationship with the German people. While Hitler maintained that his life had been characterized by ?struggle? from its very beginnings, Wilson shows that the reality could not have been more different. Hitler grew up in middle-class comfort and, as a young man, lacked ambitions of any sort besides a vaguely bohemian desire to become an artist. And while the Hitlerian mythos holds that he forged his skills as a leader during the First World War, Wilson explains the truth: Hitler spent most of the war as an office boy miles from the front lines and only received his cherished Iron Cross because of his slavishness to the officers he served. The army gave him a sense of purpose and brotherhood, however, which continued to inspire Hitler once the war ended. Hitler left the army with no skills, contacts, or money?and yet, within fourteen years he would become chancellor of the German nation. Wilson describes the story of Hitler's ascent as one of both opportunism and sheer political shrewdness. He possessed no real understanding of the workings of government but had a prodigious knack for public speaking and found that a large number of Germans, despairing at their country's recent defeat and terrified by the specter of international communism, were willing to listen to the right-wing fantasies that had taken root inside his head. Allying himself with the extremist German Workers' Party, soon renamed the National Socialist Party, Hitler offered many Germans a seductive vision of how the country might raise itself back up and reclaim its rightful place at the center of world politics. Wilson shows that, although Hitler's bid for power stalled at first, he soon gained traction with a German public starved for hope. Using his skills as a manipulator, Hitler found himself first at the head of the Nazi Party, then at the helm of the German nation. Wilson explores the forces that allowed Hitler to become chancellor of Germany and later to march Germany into total war. He examines Hitler's increasingly virulent anti-Semitism and his decision to implement the Final Solution to exterminate European Jews, and he considers Hitler's tactical successes?and failures?in World War II. Wilson also reveals a great deal about how Hitler's personal life affected his time as Germany's leader, from the lasting pain caused by the death of his mother and the suicide of his young niece to his poor health and addiction to the drugs prescribed by his doctor. As Wilson demonstrates, Hitler the fuhrer was not so different from Hitler the bohemian: lazy, moody, and hypersensitive, he ruled more through intimidation and the mystifying force of his personality than through any managerial skill or informed decision making. His story?and that of Germany?is ultimately a cautionary tale. In a modern era enamored with progress, rationality, and modernity, it is often the darkest and most chaotic elements of society that prove the most seductive. Hitler's unlikely rise to power and his uncanny ability to manipulate his fellow man resulted in the deaths of millions of Europeans and a horrific world war, yet despite his colossal role in world history, he remains mythologized and, as a result, misunderstood. In Hitler, A. N. Wilson limns this mysterious figure with great verve and acuity, showing that it is Hitler's frightening normalcy?not some otherworldly evilness?that makes him so truly terrifying.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781455153428
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 07 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Cosham, Ralph
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Nov 15, 2017

Hi Hitler to the history of a coming up dictator and the coming down of the world and later his own demise. True the reader of the story rocks one to sleep. I had to read every disc at least three times to achieve the high points of what made Hitler a Geopolitical strategist, then joining with Italy and Japanese. He had developed great science and industrial items of his era; some that is so cruel that it gave us knowledge of genotypying the : present day infertility and getting what kind of child we want; his was the white race; he allowed venereal disease to go through the course and that is why the medical books can teach the care and treatment...many more negatives at the expensive of lives but look we can live better lives at present times ; learning from HISTORY ; Hi Hitler. Bye Hitler

Sep 04, 2013

Adolph Hitler is a complex phenomenon. In his youth he was at most a mediocre artist-wanna-be, noticeably lazy, his laziness supported with a small trust fund left to him by his parents. Homeless once the money ran out, living in Vienna, and concerned perhaps about the competition from immigrants for the available jobs, Hitler became an anti-Semite. Following some personal success as a soldier in WWI, in 1923, he entered politics and attempted a political coup that landed him in prison. In early 1933, Hitler's party won an election, but his party didn't secure a majority of the seats. Later in 1933, after some anti-communist shenanigans apparently of his own device involving a fire at the Reichstag, Hitler became Chancellor of Germany with full control of the government. Everyone pretty much knows what follows. WWII. Unfortunately, not much new is provided in this volume to add to the understanding of how and why the Hitler phenomenon happened. The author seems to be at wits end to propose an explanation. But it is still a good, concise summary with many supporting facts provided for those interested in this ruinous segment of world history. A more experienced narrator for this audio book would have helped the presentation.

Jul 26, 2013

I wish the audio book had a better narrator. He put me to sleep.


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