The Meaning of Hitler
Introduced by Mark Roseman
Translated by Ewald Osers
Sebastian Haffner's penetrating study helps us understand Hitler's rise from obscure failure to powerful dictator, examining his motives and his ultimate downfall. Mark Roseman, prize-winning author of books on Nazism, introduces the Folio edition.
In this devastatingly insightful book, first published in 1978, Sebastian Haffner sets out to show how a man who was an obscure failure until his thirties became the most powerful dictator of his day, before his life ended with what amounted to a declaration of war against his own people. It is a brilliant assessment of the mentality and career of Hitler, tracing his mastery of the masses, his extraordinary political and military successes, and the unbroken series of disasters that followed.