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There is no finger pointing or hauling the blame only on Adolf Hitler since there had been a great deal of shameless appeasement on Britain’s part once everything got a little tense, as well as the protectionist pacifist policies of the U.

You also get to see the adverse shift in Hitler’s war policy beginning from with reasonable explanations so it’s not like the guy was plain crazy, though he merely pushed every country in his way to the limit. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Adolf Hitler by John Toland.

Adolf Hitler by John Toland. Paperbackpages. Published December 1st by Anchor first published Cornelius Ryan Award To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Adolf Hitlerplease sign up. Can you suggest a better biography that would do this? These two volumes by Toland I am finding wonderful in it’s scope.

See 2 questions about Adolf Hitler…. Lists with This Book. Jan 14, Kate rated it it was amazing. At 1, pages, they weren’t screwing around when they decided to call this book “the definitive biography. In its entirety, the book was relatively dull, but I was captivated by Mitford’s cha At 1, pages, they weren’t screwing around when they decided to call this book “the definitive biography. In its entirety, the book was relatively dull, but I was captivated by Mitford’s characterization of Hitler as a brilliant thinker, an enthusiastic leader, and perhaps most unsettling of all a compassionate and generous friend.

It occurred to me that I had never considered Hitler from any other perspective than the one offered in grammar school textbooks.

It was startling to think of him as a living, breathing human being – one who takes tea and see films with friends. I decided then to read the longest and most comprehensive biography of him that I could get my hands on.

Enter John Toland and this behemoth of a book. I wanted to comb through Hitler’s experiences and find out what made him hitlef such a horror of a human being. And also, I wanted to know how he managed to persuade an entire nation to turn a blind eye or worse to one of the most horrific atrocities perpetrated in recent history. This book is amazing. There is literally not a single dull page among all 1, Though I was unable to identify anything particularly extraordinary in Hitler’s early life that would explain his monstrous behavior later on, I came away with a better understanding of the many forces that combined to contribute to this train wreck of a period in German history.

View all 3 comments. Oct 09, Paul Biogrqphy rated it it was amazing Shelves: You go to one of his meetings and he gives you astonishing dreams, and he gives you permissions.


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Next day, you see an old Jew in the street. Last week, you wanted to give him a kick. Today, you actually do that, right there, and he falls over. But a policeman was watching you the whole time. Now you’re in for it. You look up from the Jew and meet his eyes. He laughs briefly and shrugs, and walks on. He was at the meeting too. Himmler would have seen to it in his meticulous way. Their hatred was limitless. You know where they say “it was a biography but I was turning the pages like it was a thriller”?

This is the one that does that. View all 14 comments. Feb 17, Lewis Weinstein rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is one of the very best accounts of the Nazi period.

I have now read the sections covering which tell the story of Hitler’s rise to the Chancellorship, including who helped him and why. View all 21 comments. Feb 19, David A rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is a masterful detailed and absorbing account of the life of the most evil figure of modern world history.

I read it 25 years ago when I was a 14 year old school boy, having been given an assignment to do for history class. When I came across it in our school library, and I spent the next few weeks reading it. Every spare minute I got I dived back in and was engrossed until I was finished. I got the Wordsworh Military Library edition of it a few years ago, but I was delighted to have found a Ballantine edition in a book shop. Toland perfectly sets out his subject dealing with his boyhood including how his name was actually Schicklgruber.

Toland clearly sets out the how hitler established his gang of thugs, the taking over of a sideline political party, the fashioning of that party into a well oiled political machine and the eventual establishing of total power with the death of President von Hindenberg.

This adds something later authors were unable to achieve, first hand recollections and memories of their part in his regime. The thing I find astounding about Hitler is how he could hijack an intelligent industrious nation and dupe them down the path to total destruction. How one man could bring a nation to near total annihilation by the force of his oratory and political thinking has fascinated me.

How Hitler commanded such blind and total obedience, especially from the Army has been long since a question I still fail to answer with adequate satisfaction. Other works adequately provide analyses, but to get to know the subject, this book is the real deal. You will see traces of Toland in most works on Hitler which have followed since. Dad had served in both theatres–indeed, almost everyone’s father had served in WWII or Korea in our government-assisted community in Lake County, Illinois.

The War, wars in general, were very much on my mind, on our minds, during childhoods endured through the centennial years of our own civil war. The Cold War was of primary concern. Like everyone else, I feared the Russians and Chinese. Germans, the Rumanians, the Poles, the Albanians, the Estonians, the Latvians, the Lithuanians, the Cubans, the Yugoslavs, the Bulgarians, the Mongolians, the Hungarians and the Vietnamese–especially the nefarious Viet Cong and their subversive ilk throughout the poorer countries of the world.


That’s what school taught, what the papers reported, what tv showed.

Stalin, Mao and Hitler, Nazism and Communism, were virtually as one to my mind–all dictators, all war-mongers. I fully expected I’d have to fight like Dad had–and I was frightened at the prospect. I suffered this terrible ambivalence of fascinated fear throughout primary school. One of my first research projects in high school was a paper on the war in Vietnam. I read several books, mostly accounts by US soldiers who had served there. All were very much pro-war, anti-insurgency.

Then, one night at the grandparents, I got into a discussion about the topic with Dad and his biograpphy husband, Christian Stousland. They were very much opposed to the war. A know-it-all, I argued manfully with them for hours, learning in the process that there was quite a lot I didn’t know.

That night Teh went home and read and thought. There there had seemed to be some ambiguity, some suggestion that maybe we’d supported military dictators against the people. Could this be so? The more I looked into such matters, the more I doubted previous certainties. High School history classes and membership in the school’s Social Science Club did the rest of the job. By junior year I was torn between Trotsky and Gandhi, Communism and pacifism, and believed virtually nothing reported in the mainstream press or by the president about American foreign policy intentions.

Hitler’s Jhn returned to mind in this context. Could there be some similarity to the Germans’ democratic acquiescence to Hitler’s policies and our own democratic endorsements of foreign aggression?

I began, again, fitfully, to study the history of WWII and the politics behind it. A subtheme of this study has been to understand the minds of people like Hitler or Theodore Roosevelt who had come to power as advocates of aggressive violence.

Toland’s biography of Hitler was a good start as regards the former since it is a thorough, but popular, survey of the man’s thought and actions.

View all 8 comments. Jan 29, David hiler it really liked it. Superb research and extensive documentation was presented, detailing the events of his life and some of his compatriots, but in the end, I still did not understand the man, nor grasp how he was understood and admired by so many who followed him and believed in his vision.

Adolf Hitler : The Definitive Biography by John Toland (1991, Paperback)

Hitler obviously had a gift of oratory, but there is little offered here to help understand how that worked. He displayed at least biogrzphy other character traits typical of strong leaders, but traits that I see—and I think research is beginning to bear out—as deep flaws. These qualities in the extreme can indeed lead to success, but at a price of the soul.