Books: The Man Who Loved Children: HITLER: MEMOIRS OF A CONFIDANT

HITLER: MEMOIRS OF A CONFIDANT by Otto Wagener; Edited by Henry Ashby Turner Jr.; Translated by Ruth Hein; Yale; 333 pages; $29.95

We've grown accustomed to his faces: Hitler the buffoon, Hitler the madman, Hitler the monster. Memoirs of a Confidant introduces us to Hitler the misunderstood idealist whose vision of peace and prosperity was distorted by his gangster lieutenants. The author of this benign nonsense was Otto Wagener, a forgotten Nazi who served as storm trooper chief of staff and party economist until his career was derailed by Rival Hermann Göring. According to the book's editor, Yale History Professor Henry Ashby Turner Jr., Wagener was lucky to escape Göring's blood purge of June 30, 1934. He spent the balance of the decade...

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