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Today, the 413-page original of Stalin's personal biography of Hitler is a Kremlin treasure and it is said to be held in President Putin's safe. The only other copy, made by order of Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1959, was deposited in Moscow Party archives under the code number 462A. It was there that Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl, two German historians, found it. Available to the public in full for the first time, The Hitler Book presents a captivating, astonishing, and deeply revealing portrait of Hitler, Stalin, and the mutual antagonism of these two dictators, who between them wrought devastation on the European continent.
"This revelatory document was an extraordinary find and gives an absorbing, truly disturbing, account of Hitler and his demonic court." (Publishers Weekly)
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By John on 07-17-06
Historical Value, But Not For What You Think
What the description doesn't tell you but what you learn in the first few minutes of the introduction is that this book was written to cater to Stalin's personal beliefs, not to present fact. So this book is a good work for describing how the Soviets viewed Hitler and Germany after the fact. This book is not very good history, being based almost solely on the accounts of two minor members of Hitler's staff. It is full of errors, omissions, and distortions. So as a book on the Soviet state of mind, it is worth reading. As a book about Hitler, you could do much better elsewhere.
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By Randy on 06-25-06
not what I expected, wasted credit
After reading this book I must say that I was deeply disappointed in the myopic view of this book. Granted this was written by the soviet for the soviets but if you new nothing about WWII history before you read this book you would never know that the United States, England and the other allies participated in the war. Topics like the D-Day invasion, The Battle of the Bulge, and the North Africa campaign are barely mentioned. According to the book it was the "great soviet army" that won the war and not the Allied Expedetionary Force. With the exception of one refrence to Buchenwald there is no mention of the Holocoust.
My recommendation would be to find a book that has a more electic covering of Hitlers life that includes more that the cingular point of view that the soviets express in this book.
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