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Harcourt, 1974 - Biography & Autobiography - 856 pages
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A bestseller in its original German edition and subsequently translated into more than a dozen languages, Joachim Fest's Hitler as become a classic portrait of a man, a nation, and an era. Fest tells and interprets the extraordinary story of a man's and a nation's rise from impotence to absolute power, as Germany and Hitler, from shared premises, entered into their covenant. He shows Hitler exploiting the resentments of the shaken, post-World War I social order and seeing through all that was hollow behind the appearance of power, at home and abroad. Fest reveals the singularly penetrating politician, hypnotizing Germans and outsiders alike with the scope of his projects and the theatricality of their presentation. Fest also, perhaps most importantly, brilliantly uncovers the destructive personality who aimed at and achieved devastation on an unprecedented scale.

As history and as biography, this is a towering achievement, a compelling story told in a way only a German could tell it, "dispassionately, but from the inside." (Time)

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User Review  - Agona Apell - Goodreads

Fest brings the reader face to face with the phenomenon that was Hitler:his humble origins, the passage through his formative influences, the revelation of his oratorical powers on which began the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lewis Weinstein - Goodreads

UPDATE 6/12/13 ... Fest's description of the events of January 1933 is utterly brilliant. So much detail, presenting in such an interesting manner. Plus there are observations and analysis that are ... Read full review

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About the author (1974)

Joachim Fest is a highly acclaimed historian and journalist, and the author of several widely respected books on Nazi Germany, including The Face of the Third Reich, Plotting Hitler's Death, and Speer. He worked closely with Albert Speer as the editor of Inside the Third Reich and Spandau: The Secret Diaries. He lives near Frankfurt.

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