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Wolf by Herbert J. Stern
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it was amazing
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So many, myself included, have wondered how Hitler rose to be the dictator he did. How he gained the power and votes that he did, how he was able to control thousands, if not millions and bring down humanity. How could one person be able to make other believe that someone with a certain ancestry was to be hated and murdered without a second thought. It is still something that is so unfathomable. One person.

The novel Wolf, was a very interesting look into Hitler's life starting right after WWI, and the decade that he took to rise to the power he did. Hitler, although often came across as an annoying man who would fail at any sort of government position, took his time to methodical figure out how to get to where he did. He was conniving, he was a liar, he was captivating, he overpromised, he was good at laying blame elsewhere, and most of all he was the greatest manipulator of all.

Wolf is written from the character viewpoint of, Friedrich Richard who met and befriend Wolf just after WWI, in a mental hospital. The two became quick friends as both were finding themselves. Friedrich had not memory of who he was and the doctors were amazed at his recover, and Wolf had temporary blindness and had relied on Wolf for assistance with everyday medial things until his sight came back. The two formed a bond that would never be broken.

Wolf learned quickly that Friedrich was one he needed to keep close, and one who would become extremely loyal as a friend, and reliable for anything he would need. Friedrich at first was glad to be of help to Wolf, and was often straight forward with him. He was the one who could talk him off a ledge, but one who Hitler respected enough to respect that Friedrich could often speak the truth of what he thought. Hitler knew Friedrich had quite a few good Jewish friends, and often was in the same belief as he was.

Throughout the decade, Friedrich is often privy to meetings and insight into Hitler's slow takeover of Germany. He is often warned by others, and comments are made that people either think Hitler is a joke and full of himself, or that he is bad news and nothing could come out of him gaining any sort of power. Friedrich often took it with a grain of salt, when he would confront Hitler, often he would reassure him, that so and so was behind the Jewish arrest or business closings and move on.

It is isn't until years and years later, as Friedrich is being pulled into more and more scandals and clean up's that he is realizing that maybe some of those warnings did hold water and that the person he believed Hitler to be really has been a sheep in Wolf clothing this whole time.

One incident makes him realize that he was blinded this whole time, and as he was often told- maybe he is the only one close enough who could dare bring down this monster. The only one who Hitler trust's enough to never see anything coming, if Friedrich dare attempt anything.

This novel was VERY good. It really had a lot of information, and background on the slow rise to power that Hitler did accomplish. Even though it is a large novel, it was a fast read and flowed well for covering over a decade of events and people. It was also interesting to read about some of those who came into power under Hitler and how, as you often see the same names repeated the more you read WWII historical fiction.

Thank you to Andrea Stein with Jane Wesman Public Relations and Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for the opportunity to read and review Wolf! I HIGHLY recommend this novel for anyone interested in knowing more about how Hitler was able to gain such power over people.
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Reading Progress

January 5, 2020 – Shelved
February 1, 2020 – Started Reading
February 1, 2020 –
page 75
February 2, 2020 –
page 189
February 3, 2020 –
page 267
February 5, 2020 –
page 352
February 6, 2020 –
page 476
February 7, 2020 – Finished Reading

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