Hitler's Private Library
The Books That Shaped His Life
By Timothy W. Ryback
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307455260, 300pp.)
Publication Date: January 12, 2010
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With a new chapter on eugenicist Madison Grant's "The Passing of the Great Race"
In this brilliant and original exploration of some of the formative influences in Adolf Hitler's life, Timothy Ryback examines the books that shaped the man and his thinking.
Hitler was better known for burning books than collecting them but, as Ryback vividly shows us, books were Hitler's constant companions throughout his life. They accompanied him from his years as a frontline corporal during the First World War to his final days before his suicide in Berlin. With remarkable attention to detail, Ryback examines the surviving volumes from Hitler's private book collection, revealing the ideas and obsessions that occupied Hitler in his most private hours and the consequences they had for our world.
A feat of scholarly detective work, and a captivating biographical portrait, "Hitler's Private Library" is one of the most intimate and chilling works on Hitler yet written.