Not read it but its certainly a conundrum.
What allowed such a figure, an Austrian nobody, to become dictator of Germany? What was it about him that had people prepared to listen - to be gripped - by what he had to say, what led people - and I mean educated people like Speer - to follow him to the ends of the earth? What made EVERYBODY underestimate him - the German electorate who gave him 37% of the vote, educated bankers, industrialists, the army, his oldest comrade, Ernst Rohm, who thought he was untouchable, people from the highest echelons of the German political system who actually handed the man power on the basis they could control him, foreign leaders the world over?
Sometimes in life things happen and, looking back, I think it was just meant to be.... that is the only way I can rationalise Adolf Hitler coming to power. It was truly a perfect storm and, quite simply, shouldn't have happened. There were so many chances for events to have taken a different course but.....
Utterly ruthless? Cunningly Machiavellian? An evil genius? I'm not convinced on any of those counts. There has been plenty of more astute politicians, more people with real charisma and magnetic personalities, more truly clever, sharp minded, clear thinking, people, plenty of great military strategists, plenty of people with a massive capacity to work hard - there's even been more cruelly evil people (strange as that may seem) - but it all (supreme ruler of potentially the most powerful country in Europe) came to him - an art school reject, a loner, an oddball, someone who failed to advance particularly highly in the army even though that was supposedly the happiest time in his life.
There had to have been something about him - luck played a massive part in his story - but there had to be something more too. What was it? That is the million dollar question and I'm damned if I know.....
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