08 August 2019
As well as being a brilliant orator, used to holding crowds in the palm of his hand, Hitler was also fond of expounding on his crackpot and racist theories to his inner circle in private.
Author: Bob Carruthers
Reviewed by: Duncan Evans
As well as being a brilliant orator, used to holding crowds in the palm of his hand, Hitler was also fond of expounding on his crackpot and racist theories to his inner circle in private. One of those, Martin Bormann, took it upon himself to record the Führer’s pontificating for posterity. What we have here then, are the words straight from the horse’s mouth, organised by date and with a handy heading summarising the content. The format means you can dip in and out whenever you like.
There are a fair few from 1941, but the majority are from 1942, with a small amount from 1943 and just a couple from 1944. For instance, after D-Day on 6 June, there is only one further entry at all, which is a shame because this would have been the most interesting part of all – hearing Hitler’s justifications for why Germany was facing disaster. Instead you have some interesting, some disturbing and plenty of basically racist, lunatic ranting.
• Pen and Sword
• ISBN 978-1-4738-6888-5
• 482 pages • Paperback • £16.99
As reviewed in The Armourer August 2019
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