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History records no phenomenon like Adolf Hitler. No name still evokes such hate and fear, and no individual has left so much terror, death and destruction in his wake. Even today historians speculate over the question: how did it happen? Was Hitler a madman on the rampage? A puppet of Germany's elite? Or an evil man who planned everything to the last? Joachim C. Fest's now classic biography is the first major post-war German study of Hitler. Scholarly yet highly readable, it reconciles these differing views of Hitler, both bringing unique insights into his obsessive, hubristic personality and examining the economic, political and cultural conditions that aided him in his terrifying rise to power.
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  • Paperback | 864 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 43mm | 736g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0141391030
  • 9780141391038

About Joachim E. Fest

Joachim C. Fest was born in Berlin in 1926. After the Second World War, in which he served and was taken prisoner, he joined the radio station RIAS-Berlin, where he became the head of the Department of Contemporary History. In 1961 he became the Editor-in-Chief of TV for Norddeutscher Rundfunk. He is the author of 'The Face of the Third Reich' (Penguin, 1963) and 'Plotting Hitler's Death' (1996).
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Table of contents

Part 1 An aimless life: background and departure; the shattered dream; the granite foundation; the flight to Munich; redemption by war; interpolation 1 - the great dread. Part 2 The road to politics: a part of the German future; local triumphs; challenging the powers that be; the Putsch. Part 3 The long wait: the vision; crises and resistances; deployment for battle. Part 4 The time of struggle: from provincial to national politics; the landslide; at the gates of power; at the goal; interpolation 2 -German catastrophe or German consistency?. Part 5 Seizure of power: legal revolution; on the way to the Fuhrer state; the Rohm affair. Part 6 The years of preparation: the age of "faits accomplis"; view of an unperson; the "greatest German in history"; unleashing the war; interpolation 3 - the wrong war. Part 7 Victors and vanquished: the Generalissimo; the Third World War; lost reality. Part 8 Catastrophe: oppositions; Gotterdammerung; conclusion - the dead end.
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