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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH (1,245 pp.)—William L Shirer—Simon & Schusfer ($ 10).

The story of Adolf Hitler and his works is curiously resistant to the historian's approach. Such massive evil can scarcely be conveyed by facts, figures and chronology. What is needed is another Dante with a genius for portraying hell, or a new Wagner who can translate horror into myth and spell out the dread meanings in a Götterdämmerung finale. Surrealist imagination, not research, may one day tell the definitive story; in the meantime, there are books.

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