This is a list of books we have used for research and/or read. For the books we have covered, we use the standard description of the book then we give the book a rating and review if we have covered it extensively.
The rating system and review from the Historical Society are of our own opinions. We do not endorse any particular author unless stated.
Iron Cross Rating System:
- 5 Crosses – Excellent
- 4 Crosses – Good
- 3 Crosses – Average
- 2 Crosses – Poor
- 1 Cross – Terrible – Do Not Read
Hitler’s Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World’s Most Notorious Dictator
by Bill O’Reilly
By early 1945, the destruction of the German Nazi State seems certain. The Allied forces, led by American generals George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, are gaining control of Europe, leaving German leaders scrambling. Facing defeat, Adolf Hitler flees to a secret bunker with his new wife, Eva Braun, and his beloved dog, Blondi. It is there that all three would meet their end, thus ending the Third Reich and one of the darkest chapters of history.
Hitler’s Last Days is a gripping account of the death of one of the most reviled villains of the 20th century―a man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s historical thriller Killing Patton, this book will have young readers―and grown-ups too―hooked on history.
A simple, easy to read book. It does a nice job covering the last days of the war but lacks extensive coverage of Hitler’s last days in which the title states.
Hitler: The Psychiatric Files
by Nigel Cawthorne
How did a former Austrian corporal in the Bavarian army with no apparent gift for leadership or strategy become the leader of one of the most civilized countries in Europe and turn it into a nightmare state? This is an accessible, concise and penetrating analysis of Adolf Hitler, the most enigmatic figure of the 20th century. Drawing on sound psychological principles and the latest research into the causes and nature of aberrant personalities, Hitler: the Psychiatric Files presents revealing insights into one of the world s most murderous dictators. This book explains how Hitler s childhood framed his view of the world and led to his Messiah complex. The Third Reich was a manifestation of Hitler s neurotic personality, his megalomania, and desire for destruction. This book explains the tyrant that ran it and the demons that ran him. Hitler was an actor on the world stage. These pages reveal the public face and the private man, his sexual relationships, the dark pathology of a ‘Man with a Mission’, and the psychopathology which influenced his actions and reactions throughout the war years along with the personality types he attracted into his inner circle. Fully illustrated in full color.
A book that we were excited to read turned into a very poor and incorrect analysis of Adolf Hitler. It was done by doctors from the OSS, pre-CIA organization, during the 1940’s that never met Hitler. While it may sound we are defending Hitler, we are not. Facts must be told and this we only support. The author basically uses the information in the files then makes a book on it which is quite unoriginal. It is a short read, but this book can be half of the size of the current state due to the repetitious repeating of information. The study is amateur or the book does not draw on deeper facts when writing the piece. Once again psychologists try to analyze a human being and class the subject into categories which are completely false, partially correct, or misleading. I will hold my opinions back about my disdain for psychology but have met too many psychologists who were wrong more times than right when analyzing subjects. As for the book, if you enjoy psychology, this is still a poor read since the facts are not correct about Hitler. Two Crosses for this piece of lousy work on both the author and the doctors who analyzed him thru film and afar.