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Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil Book Review Summary

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This book is not a biography of Hitler, although much of the details of his life come into it, so much as a portrait of various scholars and activists who have tried to make sense of his life -- from magisterial historians to Jewish champions and a Holocaust denier or two. Rosenbaum not only discusses their theories, but interviews them, so that the reader gets a sense of their personal backgrounds and feelings about one of the most maddening and mysterious figures of world history. He doesn't pass obvious judgment on any of them -- just lets them say their piece, which sometimes means letting them hang themselves. The book manages a marvelous, near-perfect balance between narrative and theory, speculation and investigation, philosophy and psychology, character portraits and historic background.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   German Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes War/Cloak & Dagger story?    -   Led as politician Politician story?    -   rightist dictator War/Spying    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   dictator Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   German

Setting

United States    -   Yes Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Germany Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful    -   like laughing How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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