Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Hitler (2012) by A. N. Wilson, Book Review



Hitler (2012) by A. N. Wilson

What's good about this book? Two things: it is a short biography (190 pages) and easy to read. But what's bad about it? Well, Adolf Hitler is a complex and perplex figure, a short biography will surely somehow reduce rich historical stories into some oversimplified ones (probably that's why I love the large volume of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs. One of the finest biographies). Having said that, I enjoyed reading this book as a whole. I always wonder why and how Hitler rise to power from unimpressive failed-artist to der FΓΌhrer ("the leader") of German. This book - briefly - explained it.

Hitler was born on 20th April 1889 in a city named Braunau am Inn in the country of Austria. His family moved around some, living a short while in Germany and then back to Austria. Hitler did not have a happy childhood. Both his parents died fairly young and many of his brothers and sisters died as well. He came from a broken family, very few good relationships, and an average (almost to untalented, physically weak) man. But he had few abilities and it was these which carried him along. Wilson writes, "Chief and greatest of his gifts was the capacity to speak in public, a gift which had laid dormant throughout his tongue-tied youth." Along with that, he also has a "skill at political manipulation" and a "taste for violence." After he joined the Nazi he was elected Chancellor of Germany, and then after a few years only, he became the Dictator. To the Germans, at first, he was thought of as the saviour

Hitler was responsible for some of the most horrible crimes committed in human history, namely, the Holocaust and ethnic cleansing. He hated Jewish people and wanted to exterminate them from Germany. He forced Jewish people to go to concentration camps where about 6 million Jews were killed during World War II. It was the dark history of European anti-Semitism. He also had other people and races he didn't like killed including handicapped people. He became more violent, and thus created more enemies. At the end of his life, he has no peace and he died as a failure. Nowadays, if you think evil, you'll think of Hitler. A false saviour

[Ps: Mein Kampf ("My Struggle") is a 1925 autobiographical manifesto by Adolf Hitler. A bible for the Nazis. This is the only complete book that he wrote. It is filled with anti-Semitism, meaning "hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group." It was the most prevalent sentiment in Europe during his time. In 2016, Mein Kampf became a best-seller. And guess what? Our own Popular Malaysia Bookstore is selling many copies of this book... My question is this: Why Popular intentionally print Mein Kampf, Hitler's book? And why Popular desire to sell to the masses? (If Popular just sells the book, no problem. But why purposefully print it under Popular?)] πŸ˜πŸ˜’πŸ˜‘

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