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  • Published: 13 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448117291
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler




A fascinating exploration of the character of the most powerful and destructive man in history

My whole life can be summed up as this ceaseless effort of mine to persuade other people' - Adolf Hitler

More than any other single figure, it is arguably Adolf Hitler who has most changed the course of history. He used the extraordinary power he held over those around him and the German people to inspire a nation to go to war, commit genocide and celebrate him almost as a deity.

Adolf Hitler was driven by an extreme ideology and addicted to taking risks. What was it about his personality that meant so many were prepared to follow him? Why was every challenge to his leadership certain to fail? If he didn't 'hypnotise' his supporters or use threats and fear, how was he able to wreak such destruction? And, seventy years on, is the man who exercised such control over Europe's destiny still a warning to us all?

In The Charisma of Adolf Hitler, Laurence Rees discusses the often overlooked subject of Hitler's character and personality, and argues that Adolf Hitler was the most extraordinary human being who has ever lived.

  • Published: 13 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9781448117291
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the author

Laurence Rees

Laurence Rees has won the British Book Award for History Book of the Year 2006 for his international bestseller Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. His career as a writer and filmmaker, focusing on the Nazis and World War II, stretches back nearly 20 years and includes the acclaimed television series Nazis: A Warning from History, War of the Century, Horror in the East and, most recently, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. The body of work has won him a myriad of awards including a BAFTA. a Grierson Award and an international Documentary Award. He was educated at Solihull School and Oxford University and is Creative Director of BBC TV History programmes.

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Praise for The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler

'Laurence Rees asks, as always, the right questions, and provides excellent answers. Blending the oral testimony of contemporaries with documentary evidence, he offers sharp insight into the adulation of Hitler by millions of Germans that underpinned his “charismatic rule”’

Professor Sir Ian Kershaw

Laurence Rees is currently producing the best documentaries ever made about the Nazi era

Clive James

Laurence Rees has done more for good history on television in this country than anyone else. Over several series, he has examined the most terrible aspects of the Second World War with a passionate longing to understand, while rejecting facile moral judgment

Antony Beevor

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