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 Reichrecollected in tranquillitymust 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...