A short, sharp, gripping account of the twentieth century’s most notorious figure by one of our finest biographers.
In this brilliant short biography of Adolf Hitler, acclaimed historian A. N. Wilson offers a fresh interpretation of the life of the ‘ultimate demon-tyrant of history’.
Among the book’s many insights, Wilson shows how Hitler had an intuitive sense which amounted to genius that the spoken word was going to be of more significance than the written word during the twentieth century. In this respect, the Führer is presented as a man ahead of his time, who foreshadowed Hollywood and TV stars and post-war politicians.
In a field dense with lengthy tomes, this brief, penetrating portrait provides a compelling introduction to a man whose evil continues to fascinate and appal.
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‘In the best short biography of Adolf Hitler for three decades, A. N. Wilson goes straight to the essentials to explain what made the Fuhrer the phenomenon he was. His conclusions make fascinating, if occasionally uncomfortable, reading even two-thirds of a century after Hitler’s death’ Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
‘Brilliantly dissecting Hitler…. a stimulating triumph of the mind’ Sunday Express
‘Brims with the author’s customary zip and zing’ The Spectator
‘Wilson…brings a witty, novelist’s insight into what made Hitler tick. He seems to understand Hitler’s character in a way many historians never could’ Mail on SundayAbout the Author:
A. N. Wilson was born in Staffordshire and educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he holds a prominent position in the world of literature and journalism. He is a prolific and award-winning biographer and celebrated novelist. His most recent novel, Winnie and Wolf, was longlisted for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. He lives in London.
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