Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics

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Hutchinson, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 488 pages
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Frederic Spotts, the distinguished author of Bayreuth, here develops a radical new interpretation of Hitler. Hitler's aim was the Aryan super-state, but it was to be expressed as much in Nazi art as in politics. Culture was not only the end, to which power should aspire, but the means of achieving it. This reassessment of Hitler's aims and motivations examines his perverse obsessions and shows how his artistry - expressed in spectacles, festivities, parades, rallies and political dramas, as well as in architecture, painting and music - destroyed any sense of individuality and linked the German people with his own drives. In a wide-ranging argument which covers topics as varied as Wagner's operas and the German Autobahn system, Spotts provides a key to the understanding of the Third Reich which has hitherto been missing in more straightforwardly political and military studies.

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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

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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


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Frederic Spotts is author of "Bayreuth: A History of the Wagner Festival," published by Yale University Press. His most recent book is "Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics." He lives in France.

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