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
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.
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.
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.
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