Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics

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Overlook Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 456 pages
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A startling reassessment of HitlerÂ's aims and motivations, Frederic SpottsÂ's Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics is an adroitly argued and highly original work that provides the key to a fuller understanding of the Third Reich. Spotts, author of the distinguished Bayreuth: A History of the Wagner Festival, convincingly demonstrates that unlike the traditional biographical view that Hitler was an “unperson” who had no life outside of politics, HitlerÂ's interest in the arts was as intense as his racism—and that he used the arts to disguise the heinous crimes that were the means to fulfilling his ends.

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User Review  - Lydia - Goodreads

An engaging analysis of how Hitler, the failed visual artist, altered the phrase "those who can't do, teach" into "those who can't do, kill those who can." Read full review

Review: Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics

User Review  - Lauren - Goodreads

Incredibly interesting. I enjoyed the content and the back story into Hitler's life. It was a bit repetitive feeling at times, as a lot of the same points were brought forward, but a must-read for any history lovers. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Frederic Spotts has written four other books on European political and cultural affairs. His study of Bayreuth is acknowledged as the standard work on the subject. Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics was written while Spotts was a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Affairs at Berkeley.

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