Hitler's Private Library by Timothy W. Ryback
The Books That Shaped His Life (Vintage)

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A Washington Post Notable Book
 
With a new chapter on eugenicist Madison Grant’s The Passing of the Great Race

In this brilliant and original exploration of some of the formative influences in Adolf Hitler’s life, Timothy Ryback examines the books that shaped the man and his thinking.

Hitler was better known for burning books than collecting them but, as Ryback vividly shows us, books were Hitler’s constant companions throughout his life. They accompanied him from his years as a frontline corporal during the First World War to his final days before his suicide in Berlin. With remarkable attention to detail, Ryback examines the surviving volumes from Hitler’s private book collection, revealing the ideas and obsessions that occupied Hitler in his most private hours and the consequences they had for our world.

A feat of scholarly detective work, and a captivating biographical portrait, Hitler’s Private Library is one of the most intimate and chilling works on Hitler yet written.


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About Timothy W. Ryback

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Timothy Ryback lives in Austria.
 
Published October 21, 2008 by Vintage. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Hitler's personal library of over 16,000 volumes was picked clean by American troops. But Ryback found 1,200 of Hitler's volumes in the Library of Congress and other caches scattered thro

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A tantalizing study of Hitler’s book collection and what it says about the man.

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The Guardian

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To hold one of Hitler's books is the equivalent of agreeing to a handshake, and the act, as Ryback realises with a shudder, leaves physical traces behind.

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Ryback supplies many photographs of some of the books, .

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