The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler

The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler


Fuelled by hate. Unable to form normal human relationships. Unwilling to debate political issues.

In many ways Adolf Hitler seemed an unlikely leader, yet he inspired millions, leading Germany into the cataclysmic events of the Second World War.

But how was Hitler able to exert such power over those around him?

Award-winning historian and documentary maker Laurence Rees draws on twenty years of research into the Third Reich, as well as contemporary accounts of people who knew Hitler, to examine the nature of Hitler's appeal and reveal the role his unique 'charisma' played in his success.

'Offering acerbic insight ... this arresting account asks and answers all the right questions'
Daily Telegraph


  • Offering acerbic insight ... this arresting account asks and answers all the right questions
    Daily Telegraph

About the author

Laurence Rees

Laurence Rees is the author of several acclaimed books on the Second World War and is a former Head of BBC TV History programmes. His work includes the television series and bestselling books The Nazis: A Warning from History, Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution', World War II: Behind Closed Doors and The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler. In 2017, his The Holocaust: A New History, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Educated at Oxford University, Rees holds honorary doctorates from the University of Sheffield and the Open University. His many awards include a British Book Award, a BAFTA, a George Foster Peabody award, a Broadcasting Press Guild award, a Grierson award, a Broadcast award, two International Documentary awards and two Emmys.
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