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German Biographer Claims Hitler Was Shrewd, Not So Hypnotic

A new biography of Hitler by a prominent German historian is likely to stir controversy with its argument that the Nazi leader's political acumen has been underestimated and that the belief in his hypnotic grip over Germans is inflated. Peter Longerich's Hitler, to be published on Monday, is a 1,295-page tome that includes material from the diaries of Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels and early speeches by Adolf Hitler. "Overall, you have a picture of a dictator who...

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