Books: Stages of Savagery



Translated by RICHARD and

CLARA WINSTON. 844 pages. Harcourt

Brace Jovanovich. $15.

"One of Hitler's crimes still continues," a publisher recently complained. "Every year we have to wade through another biography about him!" Year after year the Hitler Welle, or "Hitler Wave," sweeps from Europe to the U.S., bearing book after book by aides and generals, resisters and reconstructed Nazis. Just as the jaded reader is about to shout "Hitler, go home!" along comes a study like this one. Massive, yet gracefully written, it is the best single volume available on the tortuous life and savage reign of Adolf Hitler.


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