by JOHN TOLAND
1,035 pages. Doubleday. $14.95.
To assemble these thousand-plus pages of bestseller, John Toland interviewed a host of adjutants and field marshals, secretaries and doctors, even the Führer's faithful chauffeur and pilot. Perhaps partly for that reason, the book is lumpy with anecdote and short on understanding.
Toland is all too gullible about some of those witnesses. The book records without serious question things like the claim of Dr. Erwin Giesing that he tried to assassinate Hitler with an overdose of cocaine. Toland also relishes obscure detail to the point of tedium. He includes, for instance, a minute description...