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PostCory Taylor's "How Hitler Was Made" (David Pike, France, 02/18/18 4:39 am)
After sending off today to a publisher the blurb below on Cory Taylor's book How Hitler Was Made, it occurred to me that the blurb would be of interest to WAISers.
If someone were to ask me what two political events since 1945 have resonated the loudest in me, I would say, in second place, the vast crowd in the plaza in Bucharest on the day that Ceaucescu gazed from the balcony in stunned disbelief as the crowd swung against him. And in first place, earlier, the crowds in Berlin that had poured into the streets to cry, "Wir sind das Volk! Wir sind das Volk!" Communism was destroyed not by the West but by the cry of those who knew it best.
I don't rule out the possibility that a leader in the future could do the job of brainwashing far better than Stalin and his acolytes, but it is still an intense pleasure for me to remember how the 20th-century model finished up.
Here is the blurb, on How Hitler Was Made:
Cory Taylor concentrates on Hitler's early years, tracing the evolution of a human monster, with the result that even readers already versed in Hitler's adolescence and young adulthood will find here a new wealth of detail.
Taylor points out Hitler's sense of insecurity, his own matched by his people's. He shows how Hitler studied speech, and unlike his contenders who read their speeches in leaden tones, he dazzled the world with a voice that rolled as free and deep as Wagner's thunder.
He won by democratic election. That is the frightening point. Taylor's book is timely, for the problem is born again: We the people versus democracy, or democracy seen as enemy of the people. Such is the power of voice, reminding us of the old adage: he who knows how to summon the demons from the deep, him will they follow.
JE comments: Taylor's book is not yet available in the US, but can be pre-ordered. Jeff Bezos has the details, below.
David Pike brings up an interesting topic. Which post-1945 political events have resonated most with other WAISers? Is there anything political that rivals the end of the Cold War? The upheavals of 1968, recently explored on WAIS, may be almost as significant. And certainly, there's 2001.