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 AN 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 PeopleWhile Hitler Maintained That His Life Had Been Characterized By Struggle From Its Very Beginnings, Wilson Shows That The Reality Could Not Have Been 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 EndedHitler 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 PoliticsWilson 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 F Hrer Was Not So Different From Hitler The Bohemian Lazy, Moody, And Hypersensitive, He Ruled 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 Enad With Progress, Rationality, And Modernity, It Is Often The Darkest And Most Chaotic Elements Of Society That Prove The Most SeductiveHitler 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, AN Wilson Limns This Mysterious Figure With Great Verve And Acuity, Showing That It Was Hitler S Frightening Normalcy Not Some Otherworldly Evilness That Makes Him So Truly Terrifying
Andrew Norman Wilson is an English writer and newspaper columnist, known for his critical biographies, novels, works of popular history and religious views He is an occasional columnist for the Daily Mail and former columnist for the London Evening Standard, and has been an occasional contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, The Spectator and The Observer.
- 215 pages
- A.N. Wilson
- 23 January 2019 A.N. Wilson