The Meaning of Hitler

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The Meaning of Hitler (German: Anmerkungen zu Hitler) is a 1978 book by the journalist and writer Raimund Pretzel, who published all his books under the pseudonym Sebastian Haffner.

The 176-page book analyzes the life and work of Adolf Hitler in a rational, neutral[citation needed] manner and is divided into seven chapters that each treats a different aspect of the man:

  1. Life
  2. Achievements
  3. Successes
  4. Errors
  5. Mistakes
  6. Crimes
  7. Betrayal

The essay-like book contrasts with the detailed, well-referenced, chronological biographies of Hitler by Joachim Fest and Ian Kershaw.

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