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4.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 5 4.38 (13 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henrik Eberle, Matthias Uhl Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781400172030
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Joseph Stalin had never been able to shake off the nightmare of Adolf Hitler. Just as in 1941 he refused to understand that Hitler had broken their non-aggression pact, he was in 1945 unwilling to believe that the dictator had committed suicide in the debris of the Berlin bunker. In his paranoia, Stalin ordered his secret police, the NKVD, precursor to the KGB, to explore in detail every last vestige of the private life of the only man he considered a worthy opponent, and to clarify beyond doubt the circumstances of his death. For months two captives of the Soviet Army-Otto Guensche, Hitler's adjutant, and Heinz Linge, his personal valet-were interrogated daily, their stories crosschecked, until the NKVD were convinced that they had the fullest possible account of the life of the Furher. In 1949 they presented their work, in a single copy, to Stalin. It is as remarkable for the depth of its insight into Adolf Hitler-from his specific directions to Linge as to how his body was to be burned, to his sense of humor-as for what it does not say, reflecting the prejudices of the intended reader: Joseph Stalin. Nowhere, for instance, does the dossier criticize Hitler's treatment of the Jews. Today, the 413-page original of Stalin's personal biography of Hitler is a Kremlin treasure and it is said to be held in President Putin's safe. The only other copy, made by order of Stalin's successor, Nikita Khrushchev, in 1959, was deposited in Moscow Party archives under the code number 462A. It was there that Henrik Eberle and Matthias Uhl, two German historians, found it. Available to the public in full for the first time, The Hitler Book presents a captivating, astonishing, and deeply revealing portrait of Hitler, Stalin, and the mutual antagonism of these two dictators, who between them wrought devastation on the European continent. "An astonishingly intimate portrait" of the Furher-commissioned by, written for, and read by Joseph Stalin, before it disappeared into Soviet archives. Until now. -The Times "This revelatory document was an extraordinary find and gives an absorbing, truly disturbing, account of Hitler and his demonic court."-Publishers Weekly Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An astonishingly intimate portrait of the Furher—commissioned by, written for, and read by Joseph Stalin, before it disappeared into Soviet archives. Until now.”

    Times

  • “This revelatory document was an extraordinary find and gives an absorbing, truly disturbing account of Hitler and his demonic court.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 10/21/2013

    " This is a superb account of Hitler's last few years of life, including a detailed description of his last days in the bunker by those who were present. It can probably be considered the ultimate primary source for this information. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nagesh | 6/8/2013

    " I heard the the German movie 'Downfall' is partly based on this book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 5/16/2013

    " Love this book.I want to read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael David Cobb | 4/8/2013

    " Sometimes screaming and shooting traitors is effective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc Zoetendal | 2/1/2012

    " A horrible, detailed insight in the way Hitler ruled his regime untill the bitter end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey Mantle | 2/1/2012

    " A dossier prepared and slanted by the NKVD for Stalin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Munday | 6/11/2011

    " awesome. after fifty years i have finally seen a more balanced side of the individual that was hitler. a hitler made more understanderble as a person. crazy as he and his policies were. he screamed and raved then had tea..... and eva was pregnant... wow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 5/21/2011

    " Most of my education regarding World War II focused on a US-centric account, largely discounting the role of the Soviet Union. Despite some of this book's propaganda-like aspects, it was enlightening to read an account of World War II and Nazi Germany from a Soviet perspective! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Mccann Mccann | 5/17/2011

    " Compiled by Stalin. Tight going. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey | 3/28/2011

    " A dossier prepared and slanted by the NKVD for Stalin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marc | 1/2/2011

    " A horrible, detailed insight in the way Hitler ruled his regime untill the bitter end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 12/6/2010

    " This is a superb account of Hitler's last few years of life, including a detailed description of his last days in the bunker by those who were present. It can probably be considered the ultimate primary source for this information. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael David Cobb | 6/28/2009

    " Sometimes screaming and shooting traitors is effective. "

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About the Author

Henrik Eberle, a freelance journalist and historian, completed his PhD dissertation on the scientific policies of National Socialism in 2002. He currently teaches history at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenburg.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.