Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl, Confidant of Hitler, Ally of FDR

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Da Capo Press, Jan 11, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
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Through newly declassified documents, interviews with surviving members of the Hanfstaengl family, and original writings by Putzi, historian and author Peter Conradi weaves Putzi's captivating tale.

It was at a Munich Beer Hall in 1922 that this German man first saw Hitler speak, introduced himself and made his way in 20th-century history. Acting as haughty court jester, soothing pianist, and savvy foreign press chief for Hitler, Putzi became a close ally of the Fuehrer. Yet, once Putzi fell out of Hitler's graces, he escaped Germany, was interned in Britain, transferred to Canada and finally to America. Here, in an unusual turn of allegiance, Putzi began working with FDR, an acquaintance from New York's Harvard Club, and became the star of Roosevelt's “S-Project.” He provided the White House with biographical information on hundreds of leading Nazis, analyses of Hitler's speeches, and a 68-page psychological portrait of Hitler —describing his education, diet and even his sex life.

Filled with revelations about Hitler's personal life and descriptions of American psychological warfare, Hitler's Piano Player is a gripping book about a man torn apart by the most antagonistic of loyalties and history's missing personal link between Hitler and FDR.
  

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Review: Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl, Confidante of Hitler, Ally of FDR

User Review  - RC - Goodreads

An interesting read but I was left with the impression that Hanfstaengl`s need for a high standard of living was the driving force in his life, and overshadowed everything else. Read full review

Review: Hitler's Piano Player: The Rise and Fall of Ernst Hanfstaengl, Confidante of Hitler, Ally of FDR

User Review  - Lewis Weinstein - Goodreads

MAR 10, 2014 ... I have read part of this book, covering Putzi's involvement in Hitler's rise to the Chancellorship and the events immediately subsequent to that in 1933. I prefer Putzi's own memoir ... Read full review

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Contents

From Munich to Fifth Avenue
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Civilizing Hitler
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Behind Enemy Lines
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Divided Loyalties
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His Masters Voice
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Endnotes
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Index
340
About the Author
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About the author (2006)

Peter Conradiis the author of The Red Ripper: Inside the Mind of Russia's Most Brutal Serial Killer, and Mad Vlad: Vladimir Zhirinovsky and the New Russian Nationalism. A graduate of Oxford University, he also studied at Munich's Ludwig-Maximilian University and know Hanfstaengl's hometown well. Conradi is Deputy Foreign Editor of The Sunday Times (London).

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