Books: The 1,000-Book Reich

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF ADOLF HITLER

by ROBERT PAYNE

623 pages. Praeger. $12.95.

The Third Reich, Adolf Hitler promised, would last a thousand years. Those who deal in historical ironies have long enjoyed pointing out that it lasted only twelve. Or did it? Once again, a spate of new books on Hitler and his era are setting bookstore shelves abloom with the inevitable swastikas and Chaplinesque mustaches. The 1,000-book Reich—recollected in tranquillity—must surely be near at hand.

The most ballyhooed of the new arrivals is Robert Payne's pop biography, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. Farrar, Straus & Giroux has reissued Hitler's...

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