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The life and death of Adolf Hitler

by Giblin, James Cross, 1933-2016,

Format: Print Book 2015
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B HITLER
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Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B HITLER

* "The most complete and successful biography of the Führer available for this audience."-- SLJ, starred review

Many people believe Hitler was the personification of evil. In this Sibert Medal-winning biography, James Cross Giblin penetrates this façade and presents a picture of a complex person--at once a brilliant, influential politician and a deeply disturbed man. Giblin explores the forces that shaped the man as well as the social conditions that furthered his rapid rise to power. Powerful archival images provide a haunting visual accompaniment to this clear and compelling account of a life that left an ineradicable mark on our world.
The most dangerous dictator
Young Adolf
Homeless in Vienna
Corporal Hitler
The power of speech
Launching a revolution
Mein Kampf
A death in the family
The path to power
One nation, one party, one Führer
Triumph of the will
"Heil, mein Führer!"
On the march
Triumphant homecoming
"Peace in our time"
Before the storm
One conquest after another
War on two fronts
The "final solution"
Stalingrad, and after
A bomb under the table
The last offensive
Down to the bunker
Hitler lives.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-9. Hitler's cold eyes stare out from the cover photograph of this excellent biography. Much of the book centers on Hitler's early years and rise to power after the First World War, with emphasis on the complicity or, in some cases, naiveteof the German political leaders and industrialists. It also covers the failed appeasement efforts of the British and French in pre-World War II months. Giblin moves beyond political events and delves into the twisted realms of Hitler's strangely contradictory personality, with anecdotes about Hitler's love of dogs, his relationships with women, and his vegetarianism. Giblin wisely avoids cataloging all the battles and events of World War II and keeps the focus on Hitler's personal reaction to these events and his final crazed days in his Berlin bunker. The last chapter deals with contemporary neo-Nazi movements throughout the world. Interspersed with the text are fascinating period photographs. Source notes are provided for each chapter, and the author includes a short informal essay, explaining why he wrote the book and what sources were particularly helpful. --Todd Morning"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this accomplished biography, Giblin (Charles Lindbergh) presents the rise and fall of "the most dangerous and ultimately the most destructive twentieth-century dictator." The author begins with Hitler's birth and modest upbringing in Austria and failed artistic aspirations, and follows his years as a WWI soldier and his budding abilities as a political orator (an army superior noted, chillingly, "Herr Hitler is a born people's speaker.... He clearly compels the attention of his listeners, and makes them think his way"). The compelling narrative then traces Hitler's gradual accumulation of power, including his early political associations with the Nazi Party, a failed 1923 coup attempt and subsequent imprisonment (where he penned his plans for political domination and the annihilation of European Jews in Mein Kampf). This insightful historical overview describes the social, political and economic conditions that proved ripe for the dictator's ascent, as it outlines Hitler's life and career, including his iron grip on his adopted "Fatherland" and his commitment to Lebensraum (or additional "living space" for Germany) which triggered the series of invasions that pushed the world into another war. Abundant primary source quotes and well-researched photographs enliven this comprehensive volume. A closing chapter describes the rise of neo-Nazism both in the U.S. and abroad. Giblin offers an absorbing portrait of an enigmatic leader who loved dogs and opera but could also order the extermination of millions of innocent people. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Hitler, Adolf, -- 1889-1945 -- Juvenile literature.
Hitler, Adolf, -- 1889-1945.
Heads of state -- Germany -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
National socialism -- Juvenile literature.
Heads of state.
National socialism.
Germany -- History -- 1918-1933 -- Juvenile literature.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945 -- Juvenile literature.
Germany -- History -- 1918-1933.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
Publisher Boston :2015
Language English
Awards Robert F. Sibert Medal, 2003
Description 246 pages : illustrations, maps; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-234) and index.
ISBN 9780544455917
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