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Hitler's charisma : leading millions into the abyss / Laurence Rees.

By: Rees, Laurence, 1957- [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2014Copyright date: ©2012Edition: First Vintage books edition.Description: 354 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0307389588; 9780307389589.Subject(s): Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Psychology | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Public opinion | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 -- Influence | Charisma (Personality trait) -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Hate -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | Self-confidence -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century | National socialism -- History | Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945 | Germany -- Social conditions -- 1933-1945 | Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945 | Charisma (Personality trait) | Hate -- Political aspects | Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) | National socialism | Politics and government | Psychology | Public opinion | Social conditions | Germany | 1900-1999Genre/Form: History.DDC classification: 943.086092 | B
Contents:
The road to power. Discovering a mission ; Making a connection ; Searching for a hero ; Developing a vision ; Offering hope in a crisis ; Being certain -- Journey to war. The man who will come ; The importance of enemies ; The lure of the radical ; The thrill of release ; Turning vision into reality -- Risk and reward. The great gamble ; Charisma and overconfidence ; False hope and the murder of millions -- Blood and death. Last chance ; The death of charisma.
Summary: Acclaimed historian and documentary filmmaker Laurence Rees examines the nature of Hitler's appeal and reveals the role his supposed "charisma" played in his success.
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"Originally published in the United Kingdom as The charisma of Adolf Hitler by Ebury Press ... London, in 2012"--Title page verso.

Acclaimed historian and documentary filmmaker Laurence Rees examines the nature of Hitler's appeal and reveals the role his supposed "charisma" played in his success.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-329) and index.

The road to power. Discovering a mission ; Making a connection ; Searching for a hero ; Developing a vision ; Offering hope in a crisis ; Being certain -- Journey to war. The man who will come ; The importance of enemies ; The lure of the radical ; The thrill of release ; Turning vision into reality -- Risk and reward. The great gamble ; Charisma and overconfidence ; False hope and the murder of millions -- Blood and death. Last chance ; The death of charisma.

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Library Journal Review

Rees (former creative director, history programs, BBC; WW2History.com; Auschwitz: A New History) builds on his earlier BBC television documentaries and their companion books, also authored by him, to reflect on why so many Germans willingly followed Hitler to destruction. This book also accompanies a BBC documentary. Rees adroitly points out that prior to 1918 few would regard Hitler as possessing charisma; he was not good at debating politics (preferring instead to yell at those who disagreed with him) and lacked the ability to connect emotionally. Yet by 1933 Hitler's intransigence was depicted as visionary political principle, while his inability to form emotional bonds was now described as one of the qualities of an inspired leader whose complete devotion to his people placed him above ordinary human connections. Rees situates this transformation from lost soul to charismatic leader both in Hitler's own innate political sense and in the unique circumstances of the Weimar Germany in which the dictator evolved. Rees moves easily from the broad themes of German politics and economics to the individual voices of those who supported and opposed Hitler. VERDICT Incorporating most of the latest scholarship on Hitler, Rees provides valuable insights here into a topic that is not new. For all readers who study the Nazi era.-Frederic Krome, Univ. of Cincinnati Clermont Coll., OH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Rees, producer, writer, and director of the BBC series The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler, has written a strong companion book on the phenomenon of Hitler and the Nazi "revolution." How did a part-time postcard painter who lived in a rooming house come to run a nation of adoring millions? Rees answers the question completely. He depicts the experience of corporal Hitler as a "runner" on the front lines during WW I (wounded), Hitler's mysterious silence during the abortive communist/socialist uprisings in Munich after the kaiser's abdication, and his involvement in the failed Munich Beer Hall Putsch of 1923. Hitler wrote Mein Kampf, his personal testament, for the need to rectify the damage of the Versailles Treaty, the "stab in the back" from Jews and Bolsheviks, and the principle of lebensraum for Germany to expand into the East. As Rees quotes Hitler, "My whole life can be summed up as the ceaseless effort of mine to persuade other people." Hitler's charisma was a basis of overpowering control of his subjects. But, as Rees notes, "he also used threat, murder and terror" to get his way. Summing Up: Highly recommended. For scholars of the interwar and WW II period. A. M. Mayer College of Staten Island

Author notes provided by Syndetics

<p>Laurence Rees is the writer, director and producer of the BBC TV series The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler . The former head of BBC Television History programs, he has specialized for the last twenty years in writing books and making television documentaries about the Nazis and World War II. Previous projects that were both series and books include Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution and World War II Behind Closed Doors . In 2006 Rees won the British Book Award for History Book of the Year for Auschwitz . Educated at Oxford University, he was appointed in 2009 a senior visiting fellow in the International History Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In 2010 he launched the multimedia website WW2History.com, which won best in class awards in the education and reference categories at the 2011 Interactive Media Awards. He lives in London.</p>

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