I am embarrassed to say I have known about this book pretty much since I was able to read and understand complex stuff. In my teens I tried to get my hands on anything WWII trying to figure out how and why things went the way they did, and I did see this book back then recommended by the historians and critics. The problem was that I had already been bitten by the fame of books and they turned out to be duds. So, I sort of put it on the side thinking I could always go to it later… and I forgot about it for 40 years, I guess.
Holy crap, it is full of info and nuances that I never knew. I guess I knew about Hitler pretty much as the monstrous caricature we all grew up with and basically nothing about him till he became chancellor. The reality is not as simple, but it is not some huge, twisted conspiracy ran by some secret cabals. The sumbitch had the gab, the hate and the time to strike it successfully.
I am up to the Beer Hall Putsch, and I shall continue going through the 1,200 plus of pages. Good thing that page count never scared me.