Adolf Hitler (Magill's Literary Annual 1977)
John Toland, the author of The Last Hundred Days and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945, adds his latest book, Adolf Hitler, to the growing number of biographies of the Nazi dictator. The justification for this continuing interest in Hitler on the part of historians and their readers is to be found in the opening sentence of Toland’s book: “Adolf Hitler was probably the greatest mover and shaker of the twentieth century.” Toland’s biography of Hitler, like his other works, is written in an eminently readable narrative style. In the foreword, he states that his book has no thesis and that any conclusions to be found in it were reached only during the writing, the most significant being that Hitler was a far more complex individual than Toland had initially imagined. Toland approaches his subject dispassionately; indeed, in his effort to be as objective as possible, he informs his readers that he has tried to subdue his own feelings and to write this biography of Hitler as if the Führer lived a hundred years ago. What emerges is a very absorbing account of Hitler’s life, based to a considerable extent on interviews with the dictator’s associates, including secretaries, military leaders, doctors, and others.
In its overall scope, this biography offers a chronologically balanced presentation of Hitler’s life. The first third of the book is devoted to...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 1977)
Book World. August 29, 1976, p. M1.
Christian Science Monitor. LXII, October 27, 1976, p. 17.
Commentary. LXII, December, 1976, p. 79.
Guardian Weekly. CXV, October 3, 1976, p. 18.
New Republic. CLXXV, November 20, 1967, p. 31.
Newsweek. LXXXVIII, September 20, 1976, p. 87.
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