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Hitler: The Pathology of Evil

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  91 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Victor's book is the first to show that implementing the Final Solution was actually the root of Hitler's most disastrous military decisions.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Potomac Books (first published January 31st 1998)
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Pooja Patel
Feb 06, 2012 Pooja Patel rated it really liked it
To anyone reading this, I apologize for the lengthy review, but I felt like some things just had to be said!

This book is fantastic (though maybe slightly biased, but which history book isn't?) on gaining perspective on why Hitler became a monster. It does not justify in any way what this man did, but through psychoanalysis, provides an understanding as to what led him down this evil path. George Victor seems to be very educated in his field, as the first topic he addresses is why people are afr
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Matthew W
This book was written from the perspective of a Jewish psychotherapist, so naturally it has an extreme bias. This book is scattered with various errors and historical myths due to the author using some discredited works. Still, this book is a good introduction to the mind of Adolf Hitler. I highly recommended this book to those individuals that have yet to read on Hitler's psyche, considering the book is fairly short (just over 200 pages). For more ambitious readers, I recommend checking out "Th ...more
Alex Hobart
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Summary: This book tells the psyche of Hitler and the decisions he made during WWII and before. The Psychology of Evil looks at the way Hitler made these choices and why he made them, also the impact people following his command, had on his need for further power and control. It is hard to look at the past and history (a history that we know was horrific and inexcusable) through the lens of the one who caused it; however this book gives a new perspective on the need and the
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Tyson
May 14, 2013 Tyson added it
The worst cover of a book to read while in Germany...
Victoria Slotto
Summary: This unique biography may be termed a psychological history of Adolf Hitler, a leader who turned the history of the world upside down. Dr. Victor explores the psychogenesis of Hitler’s hatred of Jews, rooted in his own self-loathing and rejection of that fact that in all probability, his grandfather was sired by a man of Jewish origins. Sickly at birth, his mother overprotected him and doted upon him while his father, a strict disciplinarian was abusive toward him. Hitler was never able ...more
Michal H
Sep 20, 2013 Michal H rated it did not like it
Very poorly written book. This book is full of half truths and rumours. Many of the speeches are taken out of context or miss parts of it out. The author is extremely biased and often emphasises the rumour that Hitler was part Jewish via his father but does not state this as a rumour but more of a fact and is repeatedly stated throughout the book, the truth is that Hitler was not part Jewish.

The book states the Nazis said Aryan meant Germans when they did not, it claims Slavs were not regarded
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Michael
Feb 23, 2016 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Interesting study into the mind and life of this evil man.
Robert Morrow
May 07, 2013 Robert Morrow rated it liked it
Victor makes some decent inferences about the creation of a personality geared towards vengeful destruction, and provides credible supporting evidence to support a good part of his views. He seems to get a bit squeamish when talking about Hitler's sexual fetishes and seems to lose touch with his psychological analysis the further you read. I would consider it a well-written and interesting book that provides a necessary perspective on how society creates its destroyers.
T.E.
Damn good, for the most part.
The writing was rather poor--but for the most part that there was some fascinating psychoanalysis. LOVED the chapter about his sexual fetishes. The last chapter could have been condensed--or, you know, deleted, but that's just me. Nice to read something focused purely on his psychology.
Sonya
Feb 04, 2010 Sonya rated it really liked it
I gave it a four because it is a book for a Master's class I am taking and it is the most interesting textbook I have read so far. Some of the details do get a little boring but overall a great read if you are interested in why/how the Holocaust happened and why Hitler did what he did.
Michael
It's amazing the 20/20 vision of history/hindsight. All of the evidence points to a very unstable man, but NO ONE could see ALL of the evidence.
Billy Brill


I quit reading it because I was too creeped out. It was definitely interesting but it's not a great lead-in to bedtime.
Angelina
You have to check the facts because a few of them are wrong.
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