Hitler: Profile of a Dictator is a fascinating exploration of Hitler and his role in the Third Reich. The book unravels the complex historiographical debate surrounding this notorious figure by examining his personality, his ideas and the nature of his power.
Hitler: Profile of a Dictator surveys Hitler's career chronologically and includes coverage of:
* the young idealogue
* the Führer State
* Hitler's role in the outbreak of the Second World War
* Hitler's involvement in the Holocaust.
This second edition brings the continuing debate up to date in light of the most recent reseach, and speculates on the implications of the Irving trial.
Rather than writing yet another biography, Welch sets out to clarify and elucidate Hitler's role in the rise and fall of the Third Reich, a area that other historians have declared unreachable because so many documents were destroyed at the end of World War II. His aim is to deduce the German leader's intentions from speeches, writings, and actions; to analyze the mechanisms by which he put his ideas into practice; and to locate his precise role in the decision making process of the government. He has revised the 1998 edition in line with new historiography and publications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)