A FaceBook friend posted this NY Times book review of Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939 that caught my attention. I found the review itself interesting and compelling and disturbingly apropos to our time too. I was going to purchase the book to read in the coming month until I saw it was 1008 pages or 34 hours in the audio book version. I’m a little bit too busy now for that much so I’ll hold off until the winter months.

In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue

Hitler increasingly presented himself in messianic terms, promising “to lead Germany to a new era of national greatness,” though he was typically vague about his actual plans. He often harked back to a golden age for the country, Mr. Ullrich says, the better “to paint the present day in hues that were all the darker.

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