Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography (Paperback)
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Toland's classic, definitive biography of Adolf Hitler remains the most thorough, readable, accessible, and, as much as possible, objective account of the life of a man whose evil effect on the world in the twentieth century will always be felt.
Toland's research provided one of the final opportunities for a historian to conduct personal interviews with over two hundred individuals intimately associated with Hitler. At a certain distance yet still with access to many of the people who enabled and who opposed the fUhrer and his Third Reich, Toland strove to treat this life as if Hitler lived and died a hundred years before instead of within his own memory. From childhood and obscurity to his desperate end, Adolf Hitler emerges as, in Toland's words, "far more complex and contradictory . . . obsessed by his dream of cleansing Europe Jews . . . a hybrid of Prometheus and Lucifer.
About the Author
John Toland (1670-1722) was an Irish born scholar and philosopher of international renown. In his considerable volume of writings, he challenged political and ecclesiastical authority and was a prolific writer on important political and religious issues of his day: a radical republican who challeged the divine right of kings; a diplomat whose Account of the Courts of Hanover and Berlin is still quoted by historians of the period; the first person to be called a freethinker (by Bishop Berkeley); the first to advocate full citizenship and equal rights for Jewish people. John Toland was born in Donegal, Ireland to a Gaelic-speaking Catholic family on November 30th 1670. At the age of sixteen he joined the Church of Ireland, which enabled him to receive an education at the Protestant school of Redcastle. He attended the University of Glasgow, where he gained a scholarship to study theology and later graduated with a Master of Arts from Edinburgh University in July 1689: the day before the Battle of the Boyne as he later recalled. He also attended the University of Leyden, before returning to England where he stayed in prominent Whig households in Oxford and London, earning his living as a propagandist for the Whig party. He is chiefly remembered today for what was in fact his first work, Christianity Not Mysterious (1696) - a book which was denounced in the English and Irish Parliaments and publicly burned in Dublin. J.N. Duggan who is the General Editor for this project, first came across the name of John Toland while researching her biography, 'Sophia of Hanover: from Winter Princess to Heiress of Great Britain 1630-1714', which was published by Peter Owen Publishers in 2010 (ISBN: 978 0 7206 1342 1). This prompted her to write her own short biography of Toland - 'John Toland: Ireland's Forgotten Philosopher, Scholar ... and Heretic' published the same year (ISBN: 978-1-907522-08-6).