Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics

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Overlook Press, Jan 1, 2009 - History - 456 pages
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"A fascinating contribution to our understanding of Hitler's complex, chaotic, and catastrophic personality, and a compelling study of Hitler's artistic policies in the Third Reich."-Foreign Affairs

Featuring a new introduction by the author. A starling reassessment of Hitler's aims and motivations, Frederic Spotts' Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics is an adroitly argued and highly original work that provides a key to fuller understanding of the Third Reich. Spotts convincingly demonstrates that contrary to the traditional view that Hitler had no life outside of politics, Hitler'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. Hitler's vision of the Aryan superstate was to be expressed as much in art as in politics: culture was not only the end to which power should aspire, but the means of achieving it.

Filled with evocative photographs and reproductions from Hitler's 1925 sketchbook, "Spotts's study of the Fuhrer's fascination with architecture, painting, sculpture, and music is ...elegantly composed and richly documented" (The New Yorker).

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Review: Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics

User Review  - Julian - Goodreads

The introduction mentioned that certain writers critiqued this volume saying that it read somewhat like a list. I was surprised at this pre-emptive defense upon starting this book since the first half ... Read full review

Review: Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics

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

About the author (2009)

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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