Young Hitler: The Making of the Führer

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Pegasus Books
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6.4 X 1.3 X 9.0 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Paul Ham is the author of several histories, including Hiroshima Nagasaki and 1914: The Year the World Ended. A former journalist and publisher, he has worked for the Financial Times Group and was the Australia correspondent for the Sunday Times of London for many years. He now lives in Paris.


A biographical inquiry of disquieting contemporary relevance. As he marvels at the impotence of Hitler's critics to stop his ascent, Ham worries about the rise of populist demagogues in the twenty-first-century world, and he summons his readers to the imperative task of fighting their influence.
Ham presents a forceful argument. In this sweeping and comprehensive history, Ham details the geopolitical considerations and huge egos behind evolving theories of warfare.
Perhaps the greatest contribution of this book in a time of resurgent nationalism is its quiet reminder that Hitler was an all-too-human product of his time who 'personified the feelings of millions, and still does.'
In addition to providing a detailed recounting of Hitler's personal history, Ham also places most events and ideologies of the time into their historical context.
A useful general-audience perspective on Hitler as more drummer than leader.
Ham is a splendid storyteller, a master of engrossing and exciting narrative. He digs deeper, and brings back to life the figures who dominated this history, in a page-turner.
A vivid, comprehensive, and quietly furious account. Paul Ham brings new tools to the job, unearthing fresh evidence of a deeply disturbing sort. He has a magpie eye for the telling detail.--Ben Macintyre