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The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  260 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
Many people believe Hitler was the personification of evil. In this Sibert Medal-winning biography, James Cross Giblin penetrates this façade and presents a picture of a complex person—at once a brilliant, influential politician and a deeply disturbed man.In a straightforward and nonsensational manner, the author explores the forces that shaped the man as well as the socia ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published April 22nd 2002 by Clarion Books
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Apr 23, 2012 Brooke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eced-221
Being a history buff, I took a personal interest to this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found it interesting how the author portrayed Hitler's life. The book did not just cover his dictatorship, and the war. It showed how he was in his younger years, and it presented his rise to power. It makes him seem more realistic. I feel that it is important to try to truly understand Hitler as a person. He did horrific things in his life, yet at the time, he was glorified for it. If histor ...more
Apr 30, 2015 Nina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ww2, library
What an extremely interesting book. It tells the facts as they happened, but doesn't make them overly complicated (which tends to happen in history books). I was able to understand what was happening perfectly fine. Do understand that this book does not intend to teach you about the *whole* of world war 2. It doesn't go into detail about the camps or ghettos, but really only explains how Hitler was behind it and his political/military strategies.
The book can get technical at times but the pictur
Caitlin Schwatka
Apr 23, 2012 Caitlin Schwatka rated it really liked it
Shelves: eced-221
I read this book when I was in 8th grade and loved it. I am Jewish by blood, and I have relatives who died in the Holocaust. Reading about Hitler's life really impacted my life, and the way I view my family's history. This biography starts with Adolf as a innocent young man, and we see how a cruel environment can affect a young adult.
the book is incredibly accurate. we see at the beginning a young adult who was very much like us when we were younger. He loved his mother, and he had great dreams
Emma Hoyer
Apr 04, 2015 Emma Hoyer rated it really liked it
Literature Requirement: **2003 Sibert Award Winner**

This was a very long non-fiction book all about everyone’s favorite person – Adolf Hitler. Of course, that was sarcasm, but after reading all about Hitler’s life, I have a different understanding of him. There is no doubt that he was hell bent on exterminating the Jewish culture and people, but the “truth” about him that we so often hear in history classes is not 100% accurate. This book is very detailed and very systematic in the way it approa
Jacob Penrith
Oct 28, 2015 Jacob Penrith rated it really liked it
I thought that this was a very interesting book. It was cool to understand the life of a horrible man. I recomend this book to whoever wont get offeded and likes fiction. He was actually a very smart man just bad decisions. For a fiction book its not that boring.
Tiauna Holley
Apr 30, 2015 Tiauna Holley rated it really liked it
This book is a Biography about Adolf Hitler. It has received the Robert F. Sibert Medal. This book is about the one and only Adolf Hitler. The man we’ve heard nothing but bad things about. To my surprise the book was interesting. The book is detailed in has a lot of depth to it in its detailing. In this book you see Hitler is just like any other person. He had dreams, goals, and aspirations. Through the book we start to see what can be considered as the truth about Hitler. I gave the book becaus ...more
Bridget Connolly
Jun 17, 2016 Bridget Connolly rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. Giblin painted the life of Adolf Hitler vividly and helped me to understand what the past of this leader was like. I learned a lot about other things as well, what the world was like in the 1940's and about the people that surrounded Hitler. I would recommend this book to anyone who makes informed decisions, has a good attention span, and believes that history if not learned will repeat itself. However, nonfiction is not my favorite, though undoubtedly most benefici ...more
(NS) Brea M
Nov 10, 2009 (NS) Brea M rated it really liked it
*Starred Review* Gr. 7-9. Hitler's cold eyes stare out from the cover photograph of this excellent biography. Much of the book centers on Hitler's early years and rise to power after the First World War, with emphasis on the complicity or, in some cases, naivete of the German political leaders and industrialists. It also covers the failed appeasement efforts of the British and French in pre-World War II months. Giblin moves beyond political events and delves into the twisted realms of Hitler's s ...more
Mar 19, 2009 Justin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q3-2009
The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. To have such an in-depth look into the life of a man with such a bad reputation, learning that Hitler did not start off wanting to rule the world is astonishing. To be thrown into early 20th century Germany as seen through the eyes of Adolf Hitler, and to experience his rise to the league of a god in his mind was exhilarating. From a young school boy wanting to learn the arts, to one of t ...more
Nov 15, 2010 H.c.k rated it liked it

My opinion of the book read was pretty good because it explain what happened in his through hid childhood to his adulthood. It also explained what he did in the German Army. Also in the book the author said he explained how Adolf Hitler became a very powerful man in Germany during the two-thirds of the twentieth century. He had a good life when he was young and when he got older everything when do hill from there because both of his parents died from illness when he was in his teens.

The early li
Dec 01, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
In The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, Giblin tells the story of Hitler from boyhood up to his death, and the significant events that followed. Reading about Hitler’s early life at home with his parents and siblings, and his desire to become an artist, Hitler seems like a normal young man for the most part. It was strange to see Hitler as a person and not just as an evil dictator, and it was fascinating reading about his life leading up to becoming the Fuhrer and thereafter. Giblin includes a lo ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
This book accurately depicts the interesting, yet controversial life of one of the world's most feared men. Giblin delves deep into the personal life of Adolf Hitler, and although the biography is shorter in comparison to some of the others, he covers a majority of the moments, from Hitler's birth, right until his suicide.

As the book presents some uncommon facts about Hitler, it serves to provide a different perspective to the "Ambitious Tyrant" whose only goal in life was to create a civilizati
Kate Winkler
Nov 10, 2010 Kate Winkler rated it really liked it
I give this book a good rating because it is an excellent source for students to use for research. I cannot say that I enjoyed this book, simply because Hitler is a man of great negative accomplishments. However, I did find the information the book provided to be very interesting. I have always been intrigued by learning about the Holocaust. To get insight about the life and death of Hitler is something that I always wanted to learn, but just never took the time to do. The most interesting infor ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Connie rated it liked it
I love learning about history so I decided to read this book. As I began to read it I thought that the author, Giblin, was painting a sympathetic picture for Hitler’s life. As I read it was enraged. His mother died, that is tragic yes but millions face that. He didn’t get into art school, a lot of people don’t, etc. I just didn’t feel bad for him because I knew how he ended up becoming. I think perhaps Giblin was trying to make Hitler look like a man instead of the monster we all know him as.

Nov 09, 2010 Lyndi rated it really liked it
I actually was very interested in this book. I have always been very interested in Adolf Hitler and the events of the Holocaust. It was neat to read about Hitler's childhood and his love of art. I would have never guessed this about him. It makes you wonder if the art school had accepted him, if he would have even gotten into politics and started this horrible war. I was very disturbed by his stubborness and practically inablity to love. He really had a loving relationship with his mother, but w ...more
Kimber Carnahan
Apr 15, 2012 Kimber Carnahan rated it really liked it
Shelves: eced-221
In The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler, James Giblin gives an inside look inside the private world of one of the world's most feared dictators. Taking the reader back to Hitler's birth and following his life intimately until his death, Giblin provides the reader with fascinating details regarding every aspect of his life. The book follows young Adolf Hitler as he rises from being a simple boy to becoming a feared German leader, responsible for millions of deaths in his quest for a perfect Aryan r ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Jenn rated it it was ok
Shelves: eced221, biography
This book was a biography of Adolf Hitler. It recounted his life and time as a dictator. This biography set out to answer questions such as: "What sort of man could plan and carry out such horrendous schemes?" (Giblin 2) This book told Hitler's life in a way that opened my eyes to more than I had ever known about Adolf Hitler.
This biography is about someone who I do not think that his life would be interesting to younger readers. I feel that it may even be too advanced for younger readers. I fee
Erin Dixon
SUMMARY: The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by James Cross Giblin tells the story of Adolf Hitler, from his birth until his death. Written in biographical form, this lets the reader into the life of one of the most brilliantly insane dictators of all time.
CRITIQUE: Adolf Hitler is most certainly someone that children would find to be interesting, especially if they have read anything about WWII or the Holocaust prior to reading this biography. The information in the book helps to bring Hitler to
Danielle Witter
Dec 06, 2012 Danielle Witter rated it liked it
Shelves: awards
I gave this book 3 stars because it is a good book to use for research, but not just a book you would sit around and read over and over.

Summary: Many people believe Hitler was the personification of evil. In this interesting biography, James Cross Giblin penetrates this façade and presents a picture of a complex person—at once a brilliant, influential politician and a deeply disturbed man. In a straightforward and non-sensational manner, the author explores the forces that shaped the man as wel
Dec 05, 2009 earthy rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, historical, ya
Details, using extensive photography documentation, the life and times of Adolf Hitler, bringing up questions of who he was and why he might have made the choices which led to World War II and the Holocaust.

The striking cover photograph made picking up the book extremely hard (what a scary, haunted face!). The interior photography is placed well to supplement the text and give readers an idea of what Hitler’s Germany and the people involved in his government looked like.

It’s evident from the tex
Apr 24, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing
The Life of Adolf Hitler was an interesting book.. Even though Adolf was socialist dictator his life was interesting, through his years Adolf was a Austrian, not a German, anyways Adolf as a young man served in Germany's Bavarian Division during WWI, then he created a socialist party after Germany lost the war. He grew fame and then, President Hidenburg, The leader of Germany (Before Adolf) which was pretty interesting, elected Adolf Hitler as the new Chancellor of Germany. After President Hiden ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Luann rated it really liked it
From the back cover: "Hitler's murderous actions left their mark, in one way or another, on everyone who lived in the latter two-thirds of the twentieth century. What sort of man could plan and carry out such horrendous schemes? How was he able to win support for his deadly ventures? And why did no one try to stop him until it was almost too late?" These are some of the questions this book explores.

I never realized how much I didn't know about Hitler - especially about his childhood and his earl
Nov 04, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
"The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler" is a autobiography and won the Robert F. Sibert award in 2003. This story tells all about Adolf, how horrible he was but also how much strategy he had. He might have been the most mulicious man that america has ever seen but this book talked about how much thought process he had, and if it wasnt towards evil, he would be a well put together man. The book talks about his childhood and his parents as well.

I gave this book a rating of 5 stars. I read a lot abou
Jaren Geis
May 19, 2015 Jaren Geis rated it it was amazing

The title of the book was "The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler". The book was writen bye James Cross Giblin. The genre was historical nonfiction. The book was about what hitler did in his life. And also what he concored in his life. I rate the book 3 stars because it was good but i dont like these types of books.
Jan 15, 2016 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: war, germany, sibert-medal
this book doesn't paint hitler w/a thick brush and calling Evil. Don't really like it but shows hitler as a man and a two time iron cross winner and a successful painter that gave up a career for government service. we meet his parents, sister, niece (it is seeing the niece's suicided body that makes him a vegetarian).

and we see evil.

good textbook intro for jr. high/high schoolers on him
Tristan Cox
Mar 10, 2014 Tristan Cox rated it it was amazing
I found the book amazing because of the detail it constantly went into. You are never left to wonder about someone or something because it provides a complete overview of his friends and family. It shows how had the world can be and how this affects people like Hitler.
Sep 27, 2007 Boy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: you
Shelves: biography
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"Tonggi unang pintor bonduthon, paet unang pintor bursikhon" yang terjemahan bebas dalam bahasa Indonesianya
"Manis jangan langsung telan, pahit jangan langsung muntahkan."

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Nov 16, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-4050
James Giblin offers a non biased view of Adolf Hitler. It leads the reader through Hitler's early life at home with his parents and brothers and sisters, his desire to become an artist, and his time in the military where his ability to lead was fostered. The book continues in unbiased form not forming opinions and offers only fact throughout for the reader to form their own opinions.
This would be a great book to use in a book report or as information to add to a unit on World War II. It would
Lorien Rhys
Jun 21, 2016 Lorien Rhys rated it it was amazing
I've always wondered how Hitler came to power, how he had disgusting ideas, and how he died. This book explains all those events and I think I understand why Adolf did those things. If anyone wants to know more about Hitler and his rise to power, this book is definitely for you.
Devender Gollapally
Jan 03, 2016 Devender Gollapally rated it it was amazing
This is a comprehensive and a very well written book. It is NOT dry, it keeps you engrossed and is a page turner. I was impressed and glad to have read it.
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(July 8, 1933 - April 10, 2016)

Born on July 8th, James Cross Giblin was, in his own words, "shy, bookish, and a little spoiled." He loved comic books and drew his own comic strips. Giblin worked on his school newspapers and wrote a play while he was at Western Reserve University. That play, My Bus Was Always Late, was published in 1954. He worked hard at writing plays, but disappointment followed.
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