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This well-written popular narrative resembles John Toland's Adolf Hitler ( LJ 8/76) in focusing on events rather than analysis. Its more limited scope enables Flood to integrate a lucid discussion of the Nazi party's confusing early years with an impressionistic account of the conditions in Germany that contributed to the party's survival. Flood is best known for works on U.S. history. His acknowledgements and his references indicate a limited command of the German language and of German sources. He nevertheless succeeds in establishing Hitler as benefiting above all from his own sense of purpose at a time when his rivals and challengers were intellectually and morally adrift in the aftermath of a lost war and an incomplete revolution. Flood's book thus supersedes such previous surveys as John Dornberg's Munich 1923 (LJ 8/82).-- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Flood has written a convincing study of Hitler's "path to power." He covers Hitler's life only to the end of his imprisonment at Landsberg (1924); he believes that Hitler was by then a "hardened and ruthless professional" revolutionary "who only needed to apply what he knew. . . ." In 600 pages Flood describes briefly Hitler's early life, and then describes in detail his WW I experiences and later involvement in Bavarian politics. These specific events are integrated into the general picture of radical changes of government in Germany, the Spartacus League, the Free Corps, etc. An exciting account of the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch provides a climax. Flood does not substantially alter the overall picture of these years presented in such works as Harold Gordon's Hitler and the Beer Hall Putsch (CH, May '73), but he writes very well and adds detail that will interest scholars. The book is well documented, although the reader will need to refer to the bibliography for full citations. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -D. H. Norton, Fitchburg State College