Hitler. Eine Biographie (Spiegel-Edition, #31)
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Hitler. Eine Biographie (Spiegel-Edition, #31)

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Mit dieser Biografie begann ein neuer Abschnitt in der Hitlerforschung. Joachim Fest beantwortet die umstrittenen Fragen nach der überwältigenden Dynamik und dem furchtbaren Erfolg dieses Mannes. Er macht die Person Hitler in all ihrer Starrheit, Komplexgebundenheit und Beziehungsarmut auf anschauliche Weise lebendig.
Hardcover, 1408 pages
Published February 26th 2007 by Spiegel-Verlag (first published January 1st 1973)
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While this biography of Hitler—published in 1973 it was the first ever by a German writer—fell into my hands as serendipitously as such books always do (my reading is planful and curricular only when it comes to New World slavery, and Virginia Woolf), I did open it seeking answers to some definite questions. One of which is: in what milieu, and under what conditions, was Adolf Hitler considered not only a serious statesman, but a National Redeemer, and an inexorable Man of Destiny? And yeah, we...more
Lewis Weinstein
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, in my reading, unique. So many things had to come together to allow Hitler's terror to come to the world, some related to his own strategy, tactics and persistence, but more to the ignorance and lack of energy spread liberally among those who might have effectively opposed him.



Great book, right up there with William L. Shirer's "Berlin Diary" and "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." A must-read for those interested in how Hitler came to power in Germany and the lessons and relevance to modern political demagogues and movements. Very long (700 pages) but it flies by if you're interested in the topic.
Robert Allen
I found this to be a very informative book not only about Hitler but the men around him. The author approaches the subject dealing only with fact leaving feelings and judgments behind.
A very very good read. tons of personal info and interesting facts. Spoiler alert: He's still a monster of unmatched magnatude!!!!!!
I think this is the definitive biography of Hitler.
3.5 Stars really - a comprehensive look at the life and deeds of one of the central figures of World War II.
We all know about the concentration camps, the Holocaust, the forced sterilization and elimination of those considered "weak" or "feeble-minded". However, to characterize Adolf Hitler as just "evil" or "crazy" is a gross over-simplification. To justify Germany of that time accepting his leadership as somehow, being under hypnosis or trickery is also a disservice to history. The author ex...more
I finally finished this book. It is long and dense, but extremely informative and insightful. It really does focus solely on Hitler, the person, and leaves all of the war-crime stuff pretty much out of the picture (except, of course, as it relates to his psychology).

Perhaps the best thing I got from this book was a more thorough understanding of WWI and WWII in general... Fest really does a great job of showing how Hitler fit into Germany as a whole, and at a particular time. Sort of "the big pi...more
Donato Colangelo
For the non-historian it is difficult to give a brief account of the magnificent work of J. Fest presented in this book. A thoroughgoing, interesting, compelling and, above all, complete and satisfying account of the life of Hitler and of the political, cultural and economical conditions of Europe in its totality. One would expect an easy book to read, but the issue is too complicated, too extended and too entangled to be narrated in a short 400 pages book. In my opinion Fest gave us the right g...more
La lettura di questo libro è a tratti terribile. Non perché sia lungo quasi mille e cento pagine in cui a volte le subordinate si accatastano implacabili; e neppure a causa dei numerosissimi errori di stampa che, specie nella seconda metà, minano non solo l’ortografia ma pure la sintassi. Ciò che inquieta è il racconto di come un uomo con evidenti disturbi mentali riesca a conquistare il potere e il cuore di una nazione – per quanto questa possa essere malandata e alla ricerca di un futuro – sen...more
Fritz Miller
I was FORCED to read this treatise of Hitler's life for a History of World War Two course at the University of South Dakota. I found it to be overly complex, and the author had a tendency to attribute virtually every negative aspect of Hitler's over-analyzed life to the reason that Hitler did the things he did. It was an extremely difficult read. It was slow, excruciatingly detailed, and nearly as long as the man's life. It was way too much. I've sometimes thought about picking it up again and s...more
The book is a tough read. But the author doesn't simply write about Hitler, but paints a picture of Hitler's environment and the European society at that time. This leaves us with an understanding of how Hitler was able to perversely influence the nation to further his own agenda.
Ricardo Perez
Después de buscarlo casi tan exhaustivamente como los rusos buscaron su cuerpo, esta biografía de Hitler la vine encontrado en una vieja librería de Madrid. Al fin lo tengo y lo conservo como una joya de la historia que me espera por leer. De todos modos, ya conozco el final.
This book was a hard read(not sure if it was this exact book but was the same idea)This book was hard to take in you have to read the same part twice to Completely understand.I find history to be interesting and this book is very LONG!!!!!
I've read it twice, once when I was 10, then again in college. It was one of my first adult books, along with Helter Skelter. My dad left these 2 books next to the crapper along with a pile of LeCarre novels.
Enrico Della pietra
great research on whole Adolf Hitler profile, from his youth age to his death. great book, hard reading but necessary if you want to know deeply the life and actions of the German dictator.
Ich hab lange, lange dafür gebraucht aber es lohnt sich. Ganz, ganz groß! Ein absolutes muss für alle, die sich auch nur annähernd für das Thema interessieren
a very chunky book, had too many details i don't care about
an OK read if you are interested in that era.
The best biography of Adolph Hitler.
En av de viktigste bøker jeg har lest.
is this Anmerkungen zu Hitler?
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Joachim Fest was a German historian, journalist, critic and editor, best known for his writings and public commentary on Nazi Germany, including an important biography of Adolf Hitler and books about Albert Speer and the German Resistance to Nazism. He was a leading figure in the debate among German historians about the Nazi period.
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