THE YOUNG HITLER I KNEW (298 pp.) August KubizekHoughton Mifflin ($4).
The pale young man stood on a hilltop under the night sky, ranting at the stars. He had just seen a performance of Wagner's Rienzi, and like that Roman tribune, vowed the young man, he would rise some day to lead his people. He would leave his mark on history.
Many an impressionable youngster has felt that way at 17. But, fantastically, in this case the midnight daydream came true. The young man's name was Adolf Hitler.
Loving from Afar. The only friend of Hitler's youth was...