Adolf Hitler

James Buckley, 1963-

Book - 2017

Looks at one of history's most hated German dictator who led the country into the Second World War and carried out the murders of over eleven million people during the Holocaust.

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History's worst.
New York : Aladdin 2017.
First Aladdin hardcover/paperback edition
Physical Description
201 pages ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
James Buckley, 1963- (author)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—Buckley describes how Adolf Hitler came to be the despot who plunged the world into a global conflict and initiated the murder of millions—and why the German people sanctioned his horrifying rise to power. Though the goals of this work of history are ambitious and its copious details are provided with careful explanations, the overall effect is an uneven one: some events and key players are given great attention, while others receive only a mention. For instance, there is almost an entire chapter devoted to Winston Churchill and the Battle of Britain while equally pivotal battles, such as the Battle of the Bulge, merit only a few paragraphs. The Holocaust is addressed in terms that are lucid and understandable, and the text ties the Nazis' early efforts at civil oppression and legal discrimination against Jewish people to their later campaigns of violence and extermination. Yet there are few historical details about the concentration camps, and the most evocative element of this part of the narrative is a sidebar on the story of Anne Frank. Nevertheless, this is a useful addition to collections, in part because of its coverage of Hitler's youth and young adulthood and the influence of these early relationships and experiences on his later actions. VERDICT This thorough biography of one of history's monsters is recommended for upper junior high school readers with an interest in history and the political and social sciences.—Kelly Kingrey-Edwards, Blinn Junior College, Brenham, TX Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A behind-the-scenes portrait of the notorious German dictator shares insights into how his ambitions were partially fueled by feelings of inferiority and rejection that made him lash out at specific groups, discussing how his hate-fueled beliefs were unexpectedly supported by numerous people who agreed with his policies. Simultaneous and eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it takes to be considered one of the worst figures in history, with this brand-new nonfiction series that focuses on the most nefarious historical figures.On a list of the worst people ever, Adolf Hitler is certainly at or near the top.Born the son of a low-ranking government official, no one would have predicted that the young Adolf would grow up and become the leader of millions of Germans as well as one of the most despised figures of the twentieth century.Hitler himself wanted to be an artist, but he couldn't get into art school. The rejection was just one more thing in a long chain of events that made him angry. Angry at the world. Angry at specific groups of people. As his anger grew, so did his hatred until eventually there was very little else left.When Hitler entered politics, he found himself surrounded by people who agreed with him. Who would listen to his rants and would happily follow his every decree and cheer his every word.But why did people let him do that? Why did they follow him? What made his policies so attractive? And what made Adolf Hitler so popular? Find out with this biography that takes a deeper look at Hitler'because history isn't just about the heroes.