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The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader - fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to debate political issues - and yet he commanded enormous support. So how was it possible that Hitler became such an attractive figure to millions of people? That is the important question at the core of Laurence Rees' new book. The Holocaust, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the outbreak of the Second World War - all these cataclysmic events and more can be laid at Hitler's door.
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Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader - fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to debate political issues - and yet he commanded enormous support. So how was it possible that Hitler became such an attractive figure to millions of people? That is the important question at the core of Laurence Rees' new book.

The Holocaust, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the outbreak of the Second World War - all these cataclysmic events and more can be laid at Hitler's door. Hitler was a war criminal arguably without precedent in the history of the world. Yet, as many who knew him confirm, Hitler was still able to exert a powerful influence over the people who encountered him.

In this fascinating book to accompany his new BBC series, the acclaimed historian and documentary maker Laurence Rees examines the nature of Hitler's appeal, and reveals the role Hitler's supposed 'charisma' played in his success. Rees' previous work has explored the inner workings of the Nazi state in The Nazis: A Warning from History and the crimes they committed in Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution. The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler is a natural culmination of 20 years of writing and research on the Third Reich, and a remarkable examination of the man and the mind at the heart of it all.

©2012 Laurence Rees (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Dr Bristol, United Kingdom 24/11/2012
    Dr Bristol, United Kingdom 24/11/2012 Member Since 2012

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    "Excellent history of the leader of the third reich"

    An excellent account of the dark personal history of the most infamous man in history. Gripping and very interesting account of how this truly awful man had the german people in his hand for so long despite the turn in the war, read very well by Michael Jayston. The only negative is the relentless hatred of the man can be hard to listen to sometimes, for he was a truly awful awful man. Fans of history should give this a listen, great stuff.

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    tanya Ipswich, United Kingdom 19/12/2012
    tanya Ipswich, United Kingdom 19/12/2012 Member Since 2009

    Busy mother of 2 daughters, working for Aldi

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    "Why did they follow him?"

    This is a wonderful audiobook, which attempts to explain what made people follow what to us is a complete mad man, it is easy to listen too, wonderfully read and has taught me a lot about Nazi Germany and some of the reasons why so many followed Hitler to the very end in many ways blindly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Freeman HULL, United Kingdom 26/07/2013
    J. Freeman HULL, United Kingdom 26/07/2013 Member Since 2011
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    "Fascinating"

    A fascinating account of how Hitler lead a nation into a World War. Really spiked my interest in an area I have not previously read much about.

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    Paul Northampton, United Kingdom 28/03/2013
    Paul Northampton, United Kingdom 28/03/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Cometh the hour, cometh the man..."

    Authoritatively and excellently narrated by Michael Jayston the book shines a light in assisting us toward an understanding of the potent mixture of madness, chaos, opportunism and delusion that supported the rise to power, of this extraordinary or perhaps very ordinary little man and why he became the embodiment of a national psyche to the detriment of all.

    A horrifying, tragic, cautionary and haunting tale concisely and clearly put across.

    "What would the Fuhrer want us to do?"

    My best selection on audible to date.

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    "fascinating insight"
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    A fascinating insight into how someone with such evil intentions could rise to power and mobilise so many people to follow his will. And gave me an insight into the forces that shaped the environment that allowed Hitler to rise and fall.


    What about Michael Jayston’s performance did you like?

    Brilliantly read- tone and pace


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    Lisa Ely, United Kingdom 11/08/2013
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    What did you like most about The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler?

    After a run of really disappointing books I took a chance on this. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator was very good and very natural without being over powering. The pace of the book was good and although I have read many books on the subject I found this perspective to be very interesting.


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    What did you love best about The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler?

    I was transfixed listening to this description of one of the most evil personalities in history. It was particularly interesting to have diary notes and personal observations of Hitler's closest staff describing his dark manipulation of millions, yet his inability to relate easily to smaller groups.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler?

    The potted history of how Hitler rose from virtual obscurity at a time when the German people needed to restore hope and pride after WWI. How one major event in world history led to the next. He was a maniacal no body who had the ability to persuade millions, then murder millions. I found the comments by some of those who met him expressing their dismay and horror at the thought of Hitler making it to the top, very disturbing and prophetic.


    What does Michael Jayston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration was superb. Michael Jayston brought it to life, as if he was actually there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. There is too much to absorb. I will probably listen to it again soon.


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