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Countless books, including five major biographies, have been devoted to the subject of Adolf Hitler. Yet, despite the mass of tantalizing detail uncovered over six decades, the man at the center of so much historical, psychological, and political analysis remains elusive. For some, he was evil personified, a diabolical tyrant driven by a lust for power; for others, he was a banal demagogue, an opportunist with a talent for propaganda and oration but little more than an empty vessel embodying the disappointments of a defeated Germany. Though we know many facts about Hitler, no coherent picture of his character or personality emerges. Instead, we are left with a cardboard cutout of an evil dictator whose life, in the end, no one can really explain. This fascinating and richly detailed new biography of Hitler reinterprets the known facts about the Nazi Fuehrer to construct a convincing, realistic portrait of the man. In place of the hollow shell others have made into an icon of evil, the author sees a complex, nuanced personality. Without in any way glorifying its subject, this unique revision of the historical Hitler brings us closer to understanding a pivotal personality of the twentieth century.

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In this biography, Stolfi (the US Naval Postgraduate School) stresses the more personal sides of the dictator: the artistic teenager, the scholar, the loyal soldier decorated for valor in WWI. Casting Hitler as a young veteran who believed he was called to revenge the deaths of his fellow soldiers and remake Germany, Stolfi reinterprets familiar primary source material to explore the messianic and mystical dimensions of Hitler's political movement, arguing that seeing Hitler as a prophet rather than as a politician is the key to understanding Hitler. The author examines Hitler as a product of his times in the context of the post-WWI conditions inflicted by the Allies on Germany, and notes Hitler's successes between 1919 and 1941. The book is illustrated with b&w historical photos, some from the author's own collection, and many not often seen, such as photos of Hitler visiting ordinary citizens. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

R. H. S. Stolfi, professor emeritus at the US Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and retired colonel in the US Marine Corps Reserve, is the author of German Panzers on the Offensive: Russian Front, North Africa 1941-1942; Hitlers Panzers East: World War II Reinterpreted; and NATO under Attack: Why the Western Alliance Can Fight Outnumbered and Win in Central Europe without Nuclear Weapons (with Friedrich Wilhelm von Mellenthin and E. Sobik).

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Stolfi, R H S
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Stolfi, R. H. S.
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