Journalist Konrad Heiden was among the first to hear the young Adolf Hitler’s rousing orations and to recognize his political ingenuity and perverse, self-serving ideology. As a staff reporter on the Frankfurter Zeitung, Heiden soon took a stand against Nazism, and his history is the only contemporary document to give the whole story of Hitler’s rise to power from the very beginning to the day in 1934 when the Blood Purge eliminated the last of the opposition, leaving him absolute dictator of Germany. First published at the height of World War II, this new edition of Heiden’s work also illuminates the national character of the German people, whose desperation was kindled into aggression by the führer.
"Unique in its abundance of details, and it ranks beside the classics of historical writing."—Christian Science Monitor