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"Four Stars." --West Coast Review of Books "Fascinating reading." --Booklist "An engrossing book...excellent." --Oahu Sun Press "Four Stars." --West Coast Review of Books "Fascinating reading." --Booklist "An engrossing book...excellent." --Oahu Sun Press

30 review for A Concise Biography of Adolf Hitler

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brian Steele

    I had a hard time choosing between 3 and 4 stars on this. I feel the concept is brilliant - a biography that focuses on "concepts," rather than on a chronological timeline. However, when presenting a book in this nature, I want a series of facts - not the author's editorial opinion on every other line. Yes, Hitler was a mass murdering douchebag, but I don't need reminded that he had ... "despicable ideals" ... when reading the chapter on his diet and health. And due to the obvious deep feelings I had a hard time choosing between 3 and 4 stars on this. I feel the concept is brilliant - a biography that focuses on "concepts," rather than on a chronological timeline. However, when presenting a book in this nature, I want a series of facts - not the author's editorial opinion on every other line. Yes, Hitler was a mass murdering douchebag, but I don't need reminded that he had ... "despicable ideals" ... when reading the chapter on his diet and health. And due to the obvious deep feelings held by the author, I felt certain sections were bulkier (more researched?) than others. It is still a wonderful idea for biographies on complex individuals who perhaps wouldn't fill a chronological biography as well. I think Thomas Fuchs would excel at editing such biographies that weren't directly complied by him on subjects he feels strongly about. Ultimately, Hitler's crimes should never be forgotten, but I simply don't need the color commentary.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    In a nutshell, Hitler was even crazier than you thought! This is not a traditional biography in the sense that it is not in chronological order. Rather the author has divided chapters by subject, such as family life, hobbies, education and even Hitler's favorite books. This makes it a very usable reference book. A quick read. In a nutshell, Hitler was even crazier than you thought! This is not a traditional biography in the sense that it is not in chronological order. Rather the author has divided chapters by subject, such as family life, hobbies, education and even Hitler's favorite books. This makes it a very usable reference book. A quick read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Luis Jr.

    Es un libro que te da a conocer detalles de Hitler que no podrías encontrar en cualquier libro de Historia o que hable sobre el Führer. Muy recomendando, ya que toca ciertos puntos de su vida que hacen que su vida siga siendo discutida.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Rambo

    Very interesting book written in a way that keeps your interest.Fuchs doesn't go too deeply into any particular aspect of Hitler but gives enough information to pique one's interest for further study.He debunks a lot of myths about Hitler,ranging from the idea that Hitler didn't really hate Jews,(yes he did),the idea that Hitler was a military genius,(no,he wasn't. it was stated by many that had Hitler followed his advisers' advice Germany may well have won the war,but the times his ideas and le Very interesting book written in a way that keeps your interest.Fuchs doesn't go too deeply into any particular aspect of Hitler but gives enough information to pique one's interest for further study.He debunks a lot of myths about Hitler,ranging from the idea that Hitler didn't really hate Jews,(yes he did),the idea that Hitler was a military genius,(no,he wasn't. it was stated by many that had Hitler followed his advisers' advice Germany may well have won the war,but the times his ideas and leadership were followed were generally disasters for the German forces.)That Hitler was a tea-totaler,(no he wasn't entirely). The book also discusses a lot of his eccentricities such as his hypochondria,his strange relationships with women,and the reason he became a vegetarian.(His half niece with whom he was having an affair committed suicide. He actually attended her autopsy.This turned him against meat eating,though he still liked liver dumplings!) He was a tax evader too.Interesting book, an easy read,( I got through most of it today while at the doctor's office)and if you are into history well worth checking out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Pittman

    This book basically showed me that Hitler was a douchebag. The book talks about every little detail possible. It talks about everything from his pretty peeves to why his mustache was shaped the way it was. The book is a biography, but there is no certain order in which everything comes. I do not like that there is no chronological order, but it would be hard to consider the topics they chose to discuss. The book was organized so you could get straight to the point on each topic. The most interes This book basically showed me that Hitler was a douchebag. The book talks about every little detail possible. It talks about everything from his pretty peeves to why his mustache was shaped the way it was. The book is a biography, but there is no certain order in which everything comes. I do not like that there is no chronological order, but it would be hard to consider the topics they chose to discuss. The book was organized so you could get straight to the point on each topic. The most interesting topic to me was how many people he had killed and ordered to kill. He likes to use cyanide and have his guards kill.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Thomas Wasser

    Good book.... but... if you are a historian and really interested in this period of history there is really no new or unknown information here. There was not a single spoiler in the book. However the material is presented in an interesting way and I enjoyed the topic based format but the information was redundant. So if you are not a historian for this period of time and want to learn a lot about Hitler and the war this would be a good fast read that is accurate and would bring you up to speed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Great way to learn about a complex historical figure, especially one so hard to comprehend the actions of. This biography is broken down into topical segments of Hitler's life as opposed to providing a chronological account. Gets to the important stuff with less fluff. Author provides great notes to source every detail he writes about. Hitler was crazier than I ever could have imagined. Great way to learn about a complex historical figure, especially one so hard to comprehend the actions of. This biography is broken down into topical segments of Hitler's life as opposed to providing a chronological account. Gets to the important stuff with less fluff. Author provides great notes to source every detail he writes about. Hitler was crazier than I ever could have imagined.

  8. 5 out of 5

    IRONBLEWIS

    This book was definitely a page turner. It was: 1. Very direct 2.Only filled with interesting facts 3.Somewhat focused on busting myths 4.An Easy Read 5.Filled with Surprises I'd recommend this to Hitler fanatics and people who want to understand just how deranged he was. This book was definitely a page turner. It was: 1. Very direct 2.Only filled with interesting facts 3.Somewhat focused on busting myths 4.An Easy Read 5.Filled with Surprises I'd recommend this to Hitler fanatics and people who want to understand just how deranged he was.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Rundle

    I enjoyed reading this book. I like how the author stayed with facts instead of assumptions. I enjoyed how the book way layed out, easy to pick up & put down when need be. Very nice job overall.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Asher Moss

    Very informative! Lots of things I didn't know. Very informative! Lots of things I didn't know.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Luis

    There are a lot of rumors and myths I have heard about Hitler over the years. The author does a nice job of clearing up many of the major ones. I was more interest in the author's illuminations into the man that was this monster we see in our minds whenever his name is mentioned. Hitler was an ordinary human being with extraordinary commitment to his ideals and convictions, no matter how delusional and inhuman these would turn out to be. He succeeded on his path to power because his message foun There are a lot of rumors and myths I have heard about Hitler over the years. The author does a nice job of clearing up many of the major ones. I was more interest in the author's illuminations into the man that was this monster we see in our minds whenever his name is mentioned. Hitler was an ordinary human being with extraordinary commitment to his ideals and convictions, no matter how delusional and inhuman these would turn out to be. He succeeded on his path to power because his message found a home in the hearts of many German citizens at the time. Adolf Hitler had an uncanny insight into human nature and used this to his advantage in sizing up Germany for world war. He also used this understanding in his selection of men like Hermann Goering, Joseph Goebbles, and Heinrich Himmler who would help him build a ruthless empire founded from the beginning on hatred, and literal flesh and blood. Excerpt from page 120: "Hitler had not become master of Germany by advocating unpopular causes. The Germans may have been led to catastrophic violence, but they were not pushed."

  12. 4 out of 5

    T.E.

    This is a deeply interesting book...and it would have gotten five stars had the author restrained the need to remind us every two sentences that HITLER WAS BADDDDD. Yes, I am aware that the man was screwed in the head and did terrible things, but having such unnecessary little phrases such as (and I paraphrase) "While it seems impossible that Hitler could do anything which was not foul and destructive..." simply got in the way of what I wanted: the facts. OK, Hitler was a horrible individual, bu This is a deeply interesting book...and it would have gotten five stars had the author restrained the need to remind us every two sentences that HITLER WAS BADDDDD. Yes, I am aware that the man was screwed in the head and did terrible things, but having such unnecessary little phrases such as (and I paraphrase) "While it seems impossible that Hitler could do anything which was not foul and destructive..." simply got in the way of what I wanted: the facts. OK, Hitler was a horrible individual, but still a PERSON. I honestly doubt he woke up in the morning and poured himself a glass of juice with despicable intent. However, this is an excellent book, particularly if (like me) you have slogged through some dull, dull, DULL biographies on such a fascinating man. It's a nice way to pick up the quick facts.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Samuel 714

    I cant say that Hiltler was stupid, dont get me wrong the man was the most evilist person in human history but that doesnt mean hes stupid. Hitler, took Germany and made it into a country that produced one of the greatist weapons of the patriotic war and products, made the German army feared throughout the world, when it conquered half of Europe in less then a year! and made Germany at that time, the most powerful nation (besides America and I think the USSR) in the world for a few years.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Robinson

    This is a good book for those wanting a quick overview of Adolf Hitler. It covers a wide range of topics in a brief manner, and certainly leaves you wanting to learn more about this complex character in history. I picked this up fairly cheap, and am happy to have it in my collection. I prefer more in depth forays into personalities and characters, but this title clearly said concise so that is what I was expecting. It was good overall.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Frank

    i think that this book was a very good book, for multiple reasons. This book allowed hitler to be seen as a regular human, much like us, instead of the monster that many perceive him to be. i liked this book for more than what was just stated, i like it for its witty insight, it was funny without trying to be.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    I read this over the weekend at home. It is a collection of facts about Adolph Hitler. His likes and dislikes. He was vegetrain. He had books and movies on prno. He ate as much as two pounds of candy each day. He bite his nails, and sucked his fingers. He loved movies. THe Bengal lancers and King Kong were his favorites.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Austin Mcgrath

    Interesting Biography on Adolf Hitler. This hardly covered what he did in wars but focused on who he was as a person. Ranging from his mustache, how he did his hair, his fashion, friends, diet and even his pet dog.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Becca-Rawr

    A great fact book abou Adolf Hitler, as well as very funny. This is the dictator in a different light with such chapters as "Hitler's Mustache" and "Hitler's Dog". It's a good fun read if you're researching on Nazi Germany or Adolf Hitler A great fact book abou Adolf Hitler, as well as very funny. This is the dictator in a different light with such chapters as "Hitler's Mustache" and "Hitler's Dog". It's a good fun read if you're researching on Nazi Germany or Adolf Hitler

  19. 4 out of 5

    David Jaquith

    Although Fuchs includes interesting, obscure details about Hitler that reveal his (lack of) character, Fuchs' vehement diatribes against the Austrian get in the way of his writing. Although Fuchs includes interesting, obscure details about Hitler that reveal his (lack of) character, Fuchs' vehement diatribes against the Austrian get in the way of his writing.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    It's already interesting, a lot of facts that you won't find in other books about this evil man who was such an important part of history. It's already interesting, a lot of facts that you won't find in other books about this evil man who was such an important part of history.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Durham

    Gives the reader an insight into "Everyday Hitler" as well as the terrifying monster he was. A good read for those vaguely interested in Hitler trivia, but not those who want an in depth biography. Gives the reader an insight into "Everyday Hitler" as well as the terrifying monster he was. A good read for those vaguely interested in Hitler trivia, but not those who want an in depth biography.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jes Mitchell

    Very informational.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    A great attempt at organizing the life/experiences that created Hitler. I think it's important we all understand what experiences lead to the creation of such personalities as Hitler. A great attempt at organizing the life/experiences that created Hitler. I think it's important we all understand what experiences lead to the creation of such personalities as Hitler.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Lehman

    Pretty decent book, most of it I already knew being a big History buff of the era. However, there was some new things I learned so mission accomplished by the author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Fuller

    Good read lots of facts in a short time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Randell Green

    6.9.10 - 6.18.10

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carla Clark

    it was worth reading for little tidbits about hitler and world war II.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dave

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steph

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jody Wallace

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