Waite, Robert G. L.


New York, 1st ed., 1977. Xx + 482 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Tape mark to f.e.p.,; small scratch to d.j., Nr.FINE. In this major work, the result of more than a decade of research, the author demonstrates conclusively that the German Fuhrer really was unique – history’s foremost example of the pathological personality in power. No one reading this chilling narrative will be able to deny that Hitler was at one and the same time an historic figure of major importance and a psychopathic personality of extraordinary complexity. Just how complex, bizarre, and uncommon a person Hitler was becoming inescapably clear as the author peels away layers of the man’s persona, with documented accounts of his behaviour, beliefs, tastes, fears, and compulsions. Confronted with this overwhelming evidence, drawn not only from his writings and speeches and the memoirs and memories of those who knew him, but from the books he read, the music he heard, and the art he owned and cherished, few will argue that Hitler was a ‘normal’ tyrant about whom psychology has nothing to say. However, the author’s ultimate aim is to explain how, in the setting of German history, Hitler's psychopathology contributed to his rise to power, affected his public policy, and propelled his final downfall. In this book he helps us to see, as never before, both the man and the historical phenomenon.

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