Beyond Evil and Tyranny

Book - 2011
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The author reinterprets the known facts about the Nazi fuehrer to construct a convincing, realistic portrait of the man. In place of the hollow shell whom others have made into an icon of evil, Stolfi sees a complex, nuanced personality. He tells the story of Hitler, starting with the dreamy youth who showed talent for architectural design but who struggled academically and floundered without direction. The authoe ranks Hitler's successes from 1919 through 1941 as achievements so astonishing that he must be characterized, along with Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Napoleon, as one of Hegel's impossibly rare world historical personalities. This revision of Hitler biography brings us closer to understanding a pivotal personality in the history of mankind.
Published: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9781616144746
Branch Call Number: 943.086 STO
Characteristics: 520 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 24, 2012

For the first time, I am reading a book on Hitler that is not just allied propaganda masquerading as history, but is discussing the man and his time honestly.
Allied (not just France's) policy vis-a -vis Germany after WW I was unconscionable (as was the case for a few years after WW II, but for the "cold war"). Has anything been learned? Looking at, for example US/UK policy vis-a-vis Iran (Mossadeq, the Shah), it van be said that nothing has been learned. It is still a case of trying by any means to keep countries from being anything other than subservient to the desires of the US/UK and in times gone by, France. This at the risk of horrendous war, no matter how unreasonable the policy.


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