Top 10 Books about Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was a powerful German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Leader of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He initiated Second World War in Europe. History has given him names such as Madman, tyrant, and animal.
Under Hitler’s leadership and racial ideology, the Nazi regime was responsible for the massacre of at least 5.5 million Jews and millions of other victims whom he and his followers deemed socially undesirable. The number of civilians killed during the Second World War was uncommon in warfare, and the casualties constituted the deadliest conflict in human history.

 

Mein Kampf

Mein Kampf (My Struggle) is a 1925 autobiography of Adolf Hitler in which he describes his life, struggles, ideologies, policies and future plans for Germany.

Read it For:
It is a glimpse into the mind of a madman who destabilized world peace.
Don't Read it For:
Since it an autobiography, you can’t expect it to be fair as it is only Hitler’s own point of view.
What makes this book stand out?:
Understanding the political techniques that Hitler used from his own point of view is what makes this stand out

Hitler: legend, myth & reality

More than being a biography, this book is an insight into Hitler’s character and the influences that made him, what he was.

Read it For:
The author came to the conclusion that he was not a good man as per Hitler's medical record. After he had a bad attack of influenza in 1941, he was never the same.
Don't Read it For:
The research and thinking about Hitler has moved on a lot since the time this book was written.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is an intriguing book with not only his character but also about his medical records. This book shows him as a person and not just a demon politician.

Hitler’s War

It is a detailed account of Hitler’s decision during and towards the war. This book focuses on key elements of political and military aspects of Hitler’s reign.

Read it For:
This book is written from a neutral point of view towards Hitler.
Don't Read it For:
It is a lengthy read of 800 pages but if you are fond of historical works, then this might not trouble you.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is well-balanced and thoroughly researched.

The Making of Adolf

This biography explores and reveals how and why the criminal mind of Hitler was able to feed on society’s fringes and manipulate mass dissatisfaction to gain power.

Read it For:
It is an excellent study that covers German history during the 1st three and a half decades of the century taking a few incidents & explaining them in detail.
Don't Read it For:
This book doesn’t have a lot of incidents in detail but a few of them.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author provides for the portraits of the Weimar politicians with sympathy and abundance of details.

Adolf Hitler

This book is based on memoirs, autobiographies, etc. of the people who met Hitler face to face providing a balanced portrayal of Hitler as someone who dreamt of conquering New Lands in East.

Read it For:
The book sticks to the facts not making it one-sided book.
Don't Read it For:
Since the book is quite dated, there a few errors in the book.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is based purely on published sources and has a references section at the end of it.

Hitler: The Missing Years

It is a highly personal memoir by Ernst Hanfstaengl, one of Hitler’s closest associates during the Nazi rise. He has delved into his mind that was responsible for war, destruction, and killing of many.

Read it For:
The author provides a unique, vivid and intimate view of Hitler as he was close to him.
Don't Read it For:
It is surely fascinating but not as much of a reliable witness to Hitler’s life.
What makes this book stand out?:
The author’s personal view is what makes this book unique.

The Hidden Hitler

It is a controversial thesis on Hitler, the man stating that Hitler was homosexual and that one cannot begin to understand him, his entry into politics, and the early Nazi movement without a clear understanding of this aspect of his identity.

Read it For:
It is an intimate and surprising portrait of Hitler as a homosexual.
Don't Read it For:
The author sometimes seems to jump to conclusion in order to fit facts as per the thesis.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a major contribution in controversial biographical literature.

The Life and Death of Adolph Hitler

This book is a biography that explores the life of Hitler in a non-biased format. The book starts with younger years of Hitler’s life.

Read it For:
The author gives the story of Hitler in non- glorified and non- demonizing tone
Don't Read it For:
It has been criticized for factual errors so should not be referred as an only insight of Hitler’s life and events.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a very readable and non- scholarly biography of Hitler.

Adolf Hitler: The Unknown Artist

This book is a listing of artworks by Hitler and doesn’t have even one word for or against Hitler and his life choices.

Read it For:
People interested in artworks and Hitler should definitely have this book.
Don't Read it For:
This is not a biography but only artworks.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is beautifully printed on thick, glossy paper and solid linen covers.

Adolf Hitler: His Family, Childhood, and Youth

This book has it all. The author provides a definitive English language version of Hitler’s early life years, his family, and his youth.

Read it For:
It is a definitely solid and reliable book.
Don't Read it For:
The book is not very interesting to read and has no photos of it.
What makes this book stand out?:
It is a well-investigated book by the author and therefore a reliable one.

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