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Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Adolf Hitler , please sign up. I want to read a book about Hitler. I am torn between this and Ian Kershaw's effort. Which would you recommend? Jason Page Both books are exceptional and you will learn an exceptional amount from either book.
Both are well written and read relatively quickly for such a …more Both books are exceptional and you will learn an exceptional amount from either book. Both are well written and read relatively quickly for such a dense topic. One thing to keep in mind is that this is a two volume study, and while both volumes of Kershaw's work are available you'll be waiting for awhile for Ulrich's second volume.
Ulrich's work draws from Goering's diary which wasn't available 15 years ago for Kershaw to draw from. In my opinion their isn't a bad choice to make, but if you're having to choose hopefully this helps you make a decision. Anyone know when Volume II will come out??? Idan Feldman I am as impatient as you are See all 4 questions about Adolf Hitler…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I cannot find any fault with Volker Ullirch's Hitler Ascent It is articulate, heavily researched, fearless in challenging long-held assumptions with historical facts and overall just a terrifying pleasure to read.
The author covers the events in Hitler's life up to interspersed with occasional chapters to illuminate parts of Hilter's dark personality. There are two chapters that deal with Hitler's relationship with women and purported by apparently false rumours of homosexuality I cannot find any fault with Volker Ullirch's Hitler Ascent There are two chapters that deal with Hitler's relationship with women and purported by apparently false rumours of homosexuality.
This author does not play up sexuality as a primary motor in the manic psychosis of Hitler. His explanation is more that Hitler was tortured by feelings of inadequacy and economic inferiority which he overcompensated for in his incredible speaking voice, his perfect photographic memory, and his expert political manoeuvring. As for Klara Hitler's influence on Hitler, the tragedy of her early, untimely death probably did damage him, but - as posited by the author - his relationships with older women such as Wagner's widow Winifred, seemed to be adequate substitutes.
That being said, it is clear that he felt women were "inferior creatures" because he was careful to ensure that all the people in positions of power were men and that the pretty much well-known liaison between Eva Braun and himself remain hidden from public scrutiny. Hitler's father Alois was a brutal disciplinarian who savagely treated his wife and kids - albeit not uncommon at that time or even, sadly, today - and Hitler's mother Klara did her best to protect her favourite child, Adolf from the violence.
He was a mediocre student and sort of a loner. Two important events happen when he is 18 years old: his mother is diagnosed by the Jewish family doctor, Eduard Bloch Hitler grudgingly looked up at Bloch's window during Anschluss in Linz in as Bloch said after he narrow escape to the United States in with breast cancer in , she improves under his care, Hitler is rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and his mother dies of cancer in at the age of It is likely that this rejection by the "establishment" which haunted him from then on and was at the root of his detest of intellectuals and the death of his mother that started to destroy his soul.
That being said, he quickly developed a talent for hiding his true feelings as he hid his rejection from the school from his parents. In , he moves to Vienna and becomes embittered by his struggle well documented of course in Mein Kampf to survive on his meager art skills. It is also at this time in Vienna that he began to imbibe anti-Semitism. Due to the economic factors, there was an influx of Jews from eastern Europe into Vienna leading many to fear that Vienna was being "Jewified". It seems likely that Hitler wanted to place the blame of his own failure to succeed and advance personally on an external factor and like many Austrians of that epoch, he settled on the Jews as a convenient and popular scapegoat.
But, for the moment, his changing views did not make him the outspoken demagogue that he would later become in Munich to which he emigrated in May Other than a squabble with Austrian authorities over military service, he was still a relatively quiet, friendless person. After the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo on 28 June , all of Germany was caught up in a wave of nationalism leading up to Germany's declaration of war.
In reality, this wave was political manipulation by Kaiser Wilhelm II and Chancellor Bethmann Hollweg who propagandised external threats from Russia as the bogeyman: by feeding this fear of invasion, they stoked up a cross-class, cross-party fire of nationalism resulting in massive public demonstrations such as those in Munich from July to October which Hitler witnessed and in which he was caught up emotionally.
He immediately tried to get enlisted to fight for the Germans and was sent to Lechfield in the "List" Regiment so named for its first commander Colonel Julien List. There is a fascinating and absolutely critical historical sidenote here page 53 , where the author explains that when the German army retreated in September to the Marne having failed to encircle and destroy the French army, that the war has already lost on paper and yet this fact was never released to the public.
This is particularly critical because in his later rhetoric, Hitler would always put Germany in the position as the victim of aggression whereas the truth was utterly different. And since the public was never told the truth, they believed Hitler and the NSDAP's "fake news" which justified in their minds the extreme measures that the Nazis began to take in the 20s and 30s to "revenge German honour" supposedly lost during WWI. Hitler's baptism by fire p was the near complete annihilation of the "List" Regiment including its namesake and commander near Ulm in October In mid-November , near the western front, Hitler left a tent where the new commandant of the List company, Philipp Engelhard just 5 minutes before the tent was shelled and its occupants seriously injured or killed - one of many lucky escapes that Hitler would play up in his "divine mission" in Mein Kampf in that he felt that "God" had saved him.
Hitler became a courier between the regimental command and the front line and was present at the horrific Battle of the Somme. Here again, he luckily survives but on October 5, , Hitler was hit by shrapnel when the staff bunker was hit by a shell.
While he was recovering behind the lines, he learned of the accusations of profiteering levelled against the Jews although, in truth, it was the corrupt government safely behind the battle lines was engaged in profiteering but conveniently fermenting these anti-Semitic lies to hide their tracks. This was particularly ingenuous as thousands of Jews were fighting in the trenches for Germany. Hitler's List Regiment continued to participate in all the major skirmishes up to the end of the war with heavy casualties. Another great irony of history is that it was likely that Jewish lieutenant Hugo Gutmann was probably the person that put Hitler up for the Iron Cross.
Hitler's thanks? In October , his unit went back to the front where he was nearly blinded by mustard gas. I will be less verbose about the rest of Hitler's career - I just learned so much about the formation of Hitler's psyche in the years leading up to the 20s that I wanted to spend some time on them. I knew that a primary motor for Hitler's rise was the unfairness of the Treaty of Versailles after WWI, but what I didn't know was that when Hitler was in Munich during later , he witnessed first-hand the Bolshevik Republic of Bavaria - a short-lived Communist revolution that was mercilessly repressed by a mercenary group, the Freikorps which gave Hitler ideas for the SA and later the SS sent by the government in Berlin.
From this moment on, Hitler becomes virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Communist - two subjects that became interchangeable in his invective. While his paranoia versus the Communists can be understood based on the Revolution of October and the small-scale revolution he witnessed in in Munich, the anti-Semitism that came to be such a core value for Hitler remains, for me at least, still somewhat mysterious. It was sad to learn that Dachau was opened as soon as Hitler was declared Chancellor in They wasted little time in unleashing their violence.
I felt physically ill reading in particularly about Krystallnacht. Suffice it to say that the entire book is incredibly informative and thought-provoking. It is HIGHLY recommended for those who wish to understand how monsters are created and how monstrous regimes are born out of ignorance and concessions to ignorance. In the present period, fascism is still a real and present risk and must be fought.
The world has not gotten beyond its latent and not so latent racism and anti-Semitism and books like Volker Ullrich's Hitler Ascent make an irrefutable case for caution and the dangers of underestimating the capacity for evil and manipulation by populist rabble-rousers. Still weeks later, this book echoes in my mind. With the Fascists gaining seats in the Bundestag on 24 Sept , unfortunately the nightmare is still a threat even 80 years later View all 84 comments.
Obviously, this is not the type of book I typically read. My husband and son read books, watch documentaries, and movies about world war two all the time, and I always find something else to do. While I do enjoy reading about history, this period of history and the topic of war is just not my thing. So, why did I check out this book? How did he manage to draw in so many people?
Become so charismatic? What about his childhood, his family? Did he have any human qualities? Any time Hitler's name is mentioned I have wondered what made him the kind of person he was and if his background was an indicator of the man he would become. This book does cover a vast period of time and is very lengthy, and also contains a large section of notes. Still, I do have a much better idea of man, the climate in Germany that helped get his movement off the ground and how he managed to rise to power. But, I did manage to get through the book, a little at a time and it was certainly informative.
The author is obviously very knowledgeable about his subject, and the book has been well researched. View all 24 comments. Sad to say, but this is not what they do. Timothy Snyder made the comparison even more explicit. So after finishing this thousand plus page book, what have I found? To begin with, making a comparison between Hitler and Trump is not as easy as I expected. This is not because of a lack of points in common but because there are so many. One begins to wonder whether the exercise is more of a psychological illusion. Let's take a closer look at the facts, starting with a few of the more trivial points of comparison between the two dictators and then moving on to the core of the matter.
Neither Trump nor Hitler lack self belief. Is such belief justified? Hitler was good at school, but lazy. The young boy was obviously not plagued by self-doubt. Hitler had and Trump still has obsessions with personal hygiene, diet and physical health. Not much in common there you may think at first glance, but Hitler became a vegetarian because he believed he would die young and was trying to reduce his cancer risk. All that walking is bad for your health. The young man, who according to Kubizek had always dressed properly and was extremely conscious of hygiene But as soon as we find a commonality — an obsession with personal hygiene and health Trump hates to touch people because of the germs — we find a contradiction again.
Hitler fought bravely in WW I but had a troubling attitude towards women. I could go on with a host of other traits that Trump and Hitler share in common; the violent fits of temper, the contempt towards perceived inferiors, the racism, the reluctance to drink alcohol and the rest of it. There were, and still are, big Trump lies: everyone will have cheap healthcare, tax cuts will benefit the middle class, parts of Europe are under Sharia law and so on.
There were fewer small Nazi lies they tended to lie big but the list of small Trump lies is never ending, tedious and petty. Trumps lies also have a purpose but one of an entirely different nature: the promotion of Donald Trump and the feeding of his narcissistic ego for the brief moment the lie is uttered.
What this mendacity has in common for both Trump and Hitler is that it pays no regard to its human cost. Hitler was prepared to lie and so bring about the deaths of millions for his vision of the German nation. Trump seems equally prepared to lie brazenly and recklessly and bring about the death of millions, in Trump's case indirectly by depriving them of healthcare or directly by doing his best to start a war. So it is lies that define both Trump and Hitler better than any other single trait. How about their followers? The people that surrounded Hitler were motivated by a personal lust for money and power at any cost.
Their greed stood behind state sanctioned murder, theft, invasion and war with no regard to the lives of the people of Germany, Europe or the world. Hitler provided the drive, intelligence undoubtedly Hitler was both cunning and intelligent and obscene vision to carry him and his cronies to levels of wealth and power they never imagined they could reach. The people that surround Trump are very much the same as the class of people that surrounded Hitler; greedy liars with no moral compass putting their own bizarre ideologies above the common good DeVos, Pence or doing the bidding of others for money no matter the damage to the majority Pruitt.
In contrast to Hitler, Trump makes no real effort to direct any policy matters except to the extent that they might, by coincidence, look good on Fox News that day. Trump leaves all the work of running a government to his followers. In Trump what we have today is the very 21st century phenomenon of fascism by delegation, fascism sub-contracted and fascism outsourced. A comparison between Trump and Hitler is not so straightforward. There are certainly some rare personality traits they share that I am sure are shared by other authoritarian personalities; mendacity, narcissism, self obsession more generally.
However besides mendacity there is another thing about their historical situation that they have also common, perhaps the most important commonality of them all but also one of the easiest to overlook. Trump remaining President or, God forbid, his re-election in is also not inevitable if only those in a position to do so had the courage to act. View all 38 comments. Hitler — Demystified Most people today think that they know a lot about Hitler, that any more books about him are a waste of time and add nothing.
In my opinion this magisterial volume builds and compliments the work of Sir Ian Kershaw and Ullrich al Hitler — Demystified Most people today think that they know a lot about Hitler, that any more books about him are a waste of time and add nothing. In my opinion this magisterial volume builds and compliments the work of Sir Ian Kershaw and Ullrich also admits as much in his introduction to this paged volume. Both fought in the First World War technically on the same side, but like most Poles it was with no great love for Austrian it was because they were forced to defend Polish Galicia from the Russians.
In my Great-Grandfather was celebrating the end of the war and the rebirth of Poland that had escaped the clutches of Austria. Whereas Hitler was in Germany licking his wounds like many Germans, blaming the leadership of Germany for selling them out. These events would affect both differently, but one went on to reap his revenge on Poland amongst others. Ullrich as well as building on what Kershaw told the world about Hitler, he takes a look at Hitler the man and attempts to give us a forensic account of the person up to It has always been a mystery to many how Hitler was able to mesmerise the German people and take over the instruments of power with little to no resistance.
What we do learn is that Hitler was the ultimate salesman who could sell dreams to people who needed something they could hold on to. What is interesting is how lazy Hitler actually was, how after his walk at the Berghof with his entourage, he would be driven back while everyone else was made to walk. He could not drive, nor swim and with his love of the alps could not ski!
Most books on Hitler try to paint the man as having hidden depths, this book shatters that image completely. What Hitler did understand, the need to control the narrative, the overarching message you want to expand and make people believe. This is very much the concept of the modern politician and public relations consultant, he who owns the narrative controls the story the public will receive. Something that Ullrich does discuss is the love life Hitler had, such as it was, and that he was attracted to teenagers, and that led to the suicide of his own year-old niece.
It does come across that it was quite complicated and not what the public perceived. There are many interesting chapters in this volume that cover many topics from the early life of Hitler, through the War and Versailles, to the failed putsch and on to writing Mein Kampf. This is one of the most important books on Hitler that has ever been published especially as this starts to peel away the mask of Hitler the man rather than the Hitler the projected leader.
This is an excellent volume that all students of German History should be required to read and absorb. Ullrich has been able to approach the subject with sensitivity as well as honesty and paints the picture that succeeds in breaking down the myths that have built up around Hitler the person. View 2 comments.
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Oct 12, Steven Z. Kershaw argued that Hitler was motivated by two obsessions as he pushed Germany toward war; the removal of the Jews, and German expansion to the east. Ullrich should be commended for his voluminous research supported by his extensive endnotes. These endnotes contain a treasure-trove of information for scholars of the Nazi regime, their leaders, and their rise to power. Ullrich correctly depicts a man who was able to conceal his real intentions from friends and foes alike as one of the keys to his success.
He had the ability to instantly analyze political situations and exploit them, including his political opposition. His success rests on his improvisational style of leadership where he created numerous internal conflicts from which he emerged as the indispensable man. Ullrich breaks the myth that Hitler lacked personal relationships arguing that he was able to separate his political and private spheres which impacted his pursuit of power greatly. Another key that Ullrich stresses in understanding Hitler is examining the reciprocal nature of his relationship with the German people that contributed to his enormous popularity.
It was not a forgone conclusion that Hitler would come to power, but domestic opposition leaders underestimated his abilities, as would foreign leaders after he consolidated power in Hitler is presented as an autodidact who was self-educated which explains how he acquired his anti-Semitic prejudices and German nationalist ideas. He could be caring and empathetic at times, but at the same time he could commit or order brutal acts. Ullrich is correct in pointing out that Hitler was an actor and chameleon who was able to manipulate others who did not see through him as he overcame his personal insecurities and was able to shift many of them on to the German people in order to seize power.
January 30, became the turning point in the history of the twentieth century, but at the time Ullrich correctly points out leaders and the German public were not totally aware of its significance because most power brokers believed that the Franz von Papen-Paul von Hindenburg-Alfred Hugenberg alliance would be able to control Hitler. As is repeatedly pointed out in the narrative it was just another example of people underestimating the new German Chancellor. Ullrich takes us through this process and the tactic Hitler employed throughout the period was to simultaneously appear as conciliatory and presenting his adversaries with a fait accompli, i.
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The response of the west was one of appeasement and Hitler recreated a strategy that worked so effectively domestically — implementing policy that fostered foreign diplomats to underestimate him. View all 7 comments. Highly readable yet excruciatingly detailed account of Hitler's rise to power. Volker Ullrich is both a historian and a journalist, and it shows, since he makes this one of the most accessible 'serious' biographies I've ever read.
This book turns them into a story that makes sense.
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What's u Highly readable yet excruciatingly detailed account of Hitler's rise to power. What's unusual about this book is how much we know about Hitler's movements, plans, intentions, and even private words on a day by day, and hour by hour, basis. At times it feels like half of his inner circle kept diaries about current events; but Ullrich always carefully chooses the briefest yet most powerful quotes, and translates them into informal English. As a result, everything feels incredibly real. Of course, it's impossible to avoid drawing comparisons to Trump.
Hitler, like Trump, was continually underestimated and had a huge inferiority complex. I suppose time will tell, but the one good piece of news is that Hitler seems a hell of a lot smarter than Trump.
Unfortunately, Trump and the Republicans show a disturbing inclination to do away with the rule of law because they feel they have the popular will behind them, or due to some kind of emergency situation. This biography shows just how far that tendency can take us. View 1 comment. This is a review of the hardcover, not the audio. This is the third of the 4 major Hitler bios that I've read. In some strange way, the appalling story never gets old. Ullrich is a very good writer with an instinct for the telling details and where to put them. Despite that, I could only read the book in twenty or thirty page chunks.
It's just too depressing - how lucky Hitler was, how many times his way could have been blocked forever but was not, the disgusting character of the other top Nazis This is a review of the hardcover, not the audio. It's just too depressing - how lucky Hitler was, how many times his way could have been blocked forever but was not, the disgusting character of the other top Nazis none of whom had anything like his talent for rousing and organizing a mass movement, meaning if Hitler had been stopped it's quite possible the whole movement would have collapsed. And then there's the behavior of the German people, the consequences of which are still with them - and us.
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I look forward to book 2, where justice - way too little and way too late - was done. Perhaps we are now far away from Hitler to be able to see him at least somewhat dispassionately. In this book Hitler the watercolor painter, the soldier, the rabble rouser, the politician, the lover, comes alive.
He was a rather pedestrian man, of conventional tastes, but quite cultured and exceptionally smart and tough. He had no friends, only associates and these only inasmuch as they were useful. He was a gifted actor and a master manipulator. He had a remarkably consistent mindset and, in spite of his ability as a liar, he did say what he would do were he given a chance. People gave him the chance. Great story, very well told. Extremely detailed maybe a tad too much detail at times. Nonetheless, this book covers Hitler's rise to power and provides analysis into his personal life, relationships with the German people, the churches and his ability to instil a messiah-like faith in his capabilities.
A page tome, where Hitler's early life up to the end of WWI is covered in the first 70 pages. So little is known of his early life. Ullrich's book goes on to show how little is known about Hitler the man. While it is kno Extremely detailed maybe a tad too much detail at times.
While it is known he was a vegetarian, bohemian, dog lover, art lover, nationalist, autodidact, introvert, moody, chameleon, motivator and strategist, he remains a man of mystery, unpredictability and evil. If it was not for WWI, Hitler would have probably lived a life of obscurity. If it was not for the political machinations of others, he would never have been Chancellor. An impressive biography. View all 4 comments. The first volume with a second volume to follow of Volker Ullrich's new biography of Hitler is very good.
There are lots of Hitler biographies out there and this one is comparable to the greats, such as Kershaw's two volume work. Why the need for a new Hitler bio? Ullrich addresses this himself in the introduction - he has some new sources to tap and there is such interest that new generations need to be reintroduced this is very strange man. In part, the topic is fascinating. Besides Jesus, t The first volume with a second volume to follow of Volker Ullrich's new biography of Hitler is very good.
Besides Jesus, this is likely the most written about man ever, and his rule really did reshape the world. The strength of the book comes from how Ullrich, an accomplished historian and journalist, has approached Hitler. On the one hand, the life is told as it unfolds, with Hitler moving through stages, during which he makes choices and acts, with consequences that shape what comes next.
Along with this traditional way to construct a story, Ullrich also writes his book with an acknowledgement of his unique subject that looks back over the whole story to identify the origins of what Hitler became. So for example, when does the monstrous anti-semite Hitler first display himself? When did his speaking capabilities arise? When did his caution give rise to world threatening arrogance and brinksmanship?
The result is a complex story, with lots of details, but a really compelling account. Ullrich also trades off between sequential story telling typical in a bio and a topical treatment of key issues, such as Hitler's personal life or his evolving strategy towards organized religion in Germany. The result is a view of Hitler has having arrived on the scene more or less developed by the mids. In developing this complex view of Hitler the leader, Ullrich also emphasizes how the led were actually led - how Hitler managed his party and his regime.
The disorder of Nazi rule has long been recognized by such historians as Bracher, and Ullrich makes Hitler's presentational multi-tasking and his "divide and conquer" management style as central to his success. This is a very enlightening book because of these perspectives and how Ullrich ties them together. I cannot wait until the second volume is written and translated.
The first volume takes us up to the outbreak of World War II. I can only touch on the book's richness here. The comparison between Hitler and Lawrence at different times is obvious. They were born within a year of each other Lawrence was older. Both were shaped by disenchantment following WW1, although in very different ways. Both thrived in combat but were more unsettled by peace. Both were cultural outsiders seeking new and somewhat adopted identities with somewhat mixed success - the Austrian who would be German and the British Oxford grad who identified more with the Arabs than with England.
The legacy of both was shaped by their writings and both became very public constructed persons while individual behind the public persona remains a bit unclear for both to this day. I could go on. That is only the first comparison that comes to mind. I am sure there are more.
This book gained some notoriety from a recent NYT review that seemed to tie Hitler to the current US election cycle and one of the candidates. A careful reading of the review, which I strongly recommend, shows a masterful piece of editorial choice in emphasizing aspects of Hitler that appeared to have parallels in a certain candidate. A careful reading of the book, however, will quickly raise some critical dimensions military experience, relationships with women where Hitler could hardly be more different than the candidate.
That is OK. I never entertained a strict parallel with the candidate - there are fundamental differences. The comparison is a useful one to analyze, even with the significant differences. Ullrich has even written about it, although I suspect he does not mind it - since it might otherwise to sell large numbers of a page biography.
If it gets people to read more history, that is fine with me. An interesting biography of Adolf Hitler. I have read many biographies of Adolf Hitler and besides Ian Kershaw's 2 volume biography, This one ranks as the best. Hitler Ascent, goes into his early childhood and throughout his struggling years as a artist in Vienna until serving in the German Army during World War I where he recovered in a hospital from a gas attack.
He was involved in in the Beer Hall Putsch and started a revolution to overthrow the government which was unsuccessfu An interesting biography of Adolf Hitler.
He was involved in in the Beer Hall Putsch and started a revolution to overthrow the government which was unsuccessful and was in prison. During his time in prison, He wrote Mein Kempf My Struggle and paved the way to set up a socialist government known as the Nazi party and became Nazi dictator of Germany in and began a campaign against Jews known as the Holocaust and sent millions of Jews to concentration camps where many died.
I would love to see the author write a second volume that deals with Hitler from when he conquered half of Europe and his downfall in Berlin where he committed suicide in a bunker. Very well written. I've been having one of those weeks when I finish several books that I've been working on for a long time, and I clear the decks! He had shown himself to be utterly untrustworthy. As the author makes clear, by the time Hitler brought himself to the brink of global war, his fate was already sealed.
Apart from a few more lucky breaks, it was all downhill from there. The main question is, what did Hitler have to offer? To what did he owe his success? He was uncompromising and pushy, and very, very lucky. And he was a superb actor, who convinced a beaten people suffering under a failing, fledgling democracy, that they could be great again. That he was the one who could make them so. It was mostly smoke and mirrors, coupled with the fact that Germany was suffering economically and badly needed a self-esteem boost after WWI. And they needed a scapegoat to blame their misfortune on.
Hence Hitler's campaign of increasingly ruthless anti-semitism. I could start making comparisons between Hitler and a current leader. There are many to be made. But that has been done frequently, and I wouldn't change anyone's mind, so I'll let that rest. An informative biography, and not only relevant to our time, but to all times.
We should train ourselves t0 recognize an empty-souled, self-serving megalomaniac when one appears. If we don't recognize and shun such a would be leader, we deserve to be ruled by him. Or her. So much has been written about Hitler that I confess that I was of the opinion that a book of this size would be mired down with boring expatiating writing and endless copious footnote references: Otherwise, I thought, how could the book contain pages.
How could such a book be interesting? But the book does contain much information that has not collectively appeared in other related books I have read about Hitler and it is a fascinating read I cheated by buying the audible and hardcover ver So much has been written about Hitler that I confess that I was of the opinion that a book of this size would be mired down with boring expatiating writing and endless copious footnote references: Otherwise, I thought, how could the book contain pages. But the book does contain much information that has not collectively appeared in other related books I have read about Hitler and it is a fascinating read I cheated by buying the audible and hardcover versions-- I travel for work a lot.