The Meaning of Hitler

The Meaning of Hitler

Paperback Language: English / German

By (author) Paul Haffner, By (author) Sebastian Haffner, Translated by Ewald Osers

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  • Publisher: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Language: English / German
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 13mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 July 1990
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass
  • ISBN 10: 0674557751
  • ISBN 13: 9780674557758
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 844,898

Product description

This is a remarkable historical and psychological examination of the enigma of Adolf Hitler-who he was, how he wielded power, and why he was destined to fail. Beginning with Hitler's early life, Haffner probes the historical, political, and emotional forces that molded his character. In examining the inhumanity of a man for whom politics became a substitute for life, he discusses Hitler's bizarre relationships with women, his arrested psychological development, his ideological misconceptions, his growing obsession with racial extermination, and the murderous rages of his distorted mind. Finally, Haffner confronts the most disturbing question of all: Could another Hitler rise to power in modern German?

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Ewald Osers is the distinguished translator of numerous works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from German and Czech, including the correspondence of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Review quote

Tough-minded evaluation of Hitler's career...That this book was a best-seller in Germany [43 weeks] indicates that Haffner's countrymen welcomed this compact, lucid, hard-headed reexamination of contemporary history. Publishers Weekly Sebastian Haffner's book already has received recognition...as perhaps the best that has dealt with the phenomenon of Hitler and his impact on the 20th century. It is better than Trevor-Roper's best-seller, The Last Days of Hitler...a most penetrating analysis of what Hitler was up to in his astonishing career. The New Republic

Table of contents

Life Achievements Successes Misconceptions Mistakes Crimes Betrayal