How many Hitler biographies would be enough to understand Hitler?
Given the common understanding of the events of World War II and the Holocaust that almost everyone has, a detailed biography of Hitler would probably suffice. It seems doubtful, after reading a Hitler biography you might say, “You know what, I need another one.”
And after you find out that a reporter is working on a story about you — and how you’ve been spending your time lately — maybe your best strategy for getting ahead of the news shouldn’t be, “I’ve read a lot about Hitler.”
But you and I are not the founders of Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s largest venture capital firms. Today Marc Andreessen went online to tell everyone that an internet news publication is working on a story about him and that he would explain how he spends his time.
It starts out harmless enough, building its VC firm, increasing investments, sitting on boards, and trying its best to learn about American history. But then Tweet 19 turns around when he lists books he’s recently read.
“5. Two Comprehensive Biographies of Adolf Hitler. Hitler: A Global Biography by Brendan Simms Hitler: Rise and Hitler: Fall by Volker Ullrich.”
This definitely seems like too many comprehensive Hitler biographies, especially if it sounds like one of them, Hitler: A Global Biographywhich runs to over 700 pages, seems to blame not Hitler’s anti-Semitism but his concern for the United States for the Holocaust
According to that wall street journal, “Mr. Simms says that Hitler’s obsessive anti-Semitism (which he notes was pathological) was a function of Hitler’s deeper fear – that Germany had embarked on a course of racial suicide that would fatally weaken the country in the face of American power. What for When a drastic problem was needed, a drastic solution was needed – namely, the exclusion and final annihilation of the Jews.”
According to the New York Journal of Books, the book claims that when “the Anglo-Saxon powers refused to accept Hitler’s conquests, he blamed it on Jewish-led capitalist influence in both Britain and the US and ordered the annihilation of European Jews.” “.
The second book he cites is actually in two volumes and about 1,600 pages.
That’s way too much Hitler, man!
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*Initial publication: October 4, 2022 at 4:15 pm CDT
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