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Book Review

‘Hitler’ by A.N. Wilson

What is there new to say about Adolph Hitler? In a time when cable TV shows about Hitler can seem to populate whole channels, don’t we already know that story?

In “Hitler,” the caustic British historian A.N. Wilson argues that we don’t know enough. Hitler has become a symbol, an unreal manifestation of history. Wilson wants us to know the man — and what an unattractive man he was. Distilling his own career-long study into a tight, rapid-fire volume that is both portrait and warning, Wilson delivers a statement on Hitler that is insightful, if not as definitive as the unadorned title might suggest.

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