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Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics By Frederic Spotts,

  • Title: Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics
  • Author: Frederic Spotts
  • ISBN: 9781585675074
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fascinating contribution to our understanding of Hitler s complex, chaotic, and catastrophic personality, and a compelling study of Hitler s artistic policies in the Third Reich Foreign AffairsFeaturing a new introduction by the author A starling reassessment of Hitler s aims and motivations, Frederic Spotts Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics is an adroitly argued A fascinating contribution to our understanding of Hitler s complex, chaotic, and catastrophic personality, and a compelling study of Hitler s artistic policies in the Third Reich Foreign AffairsFeaturing a new introduction by the author A starling reassessment of Hitler s aims and motivations, Frederic Spotts Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics is an adroitly argued and highly original work that provides a key to fuller understanding of the Third Reich Spotts convincingly demonstrates that contrary to the traditional view that Hitler had no life outside of politics, Hitler s interest in the arts was as intense as his racism and that he used the arts to disguise the heinous crimes that were the means to fulfilling his ends Hitler s vision of the Aryan superstate was to be expressed as much in art as in politics culture was not only the end to which power should aspire, but the means of achieving it Filled with evocative photographs and reproductions from Hitler s 1925 sketchbook, Spotts s study of the Fuhrer s fascination with architecture, painting, sculpture, and music is elegantly composed and richly documented The New Yorker.
    Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics A fascinating contribution to our understanding of Hitler s complex chaotic and catastrophic personality and a compelling study of Hitler s artistic policies in the Third Reich Foreign AffairsFeatu

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    1. If there is one person who turns my stomach at the mere mention of his name or the image of his face, that man is Adolf Hitler Of course, I am hardly alone here as millions of people judge the Nazi F hrer as the most cruel, evil, destructive, murderous person of the entire 20th century So, when I saw Frederic Spotts s Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics, I had mixed feeling However, since I love anything insightful written on art and aesthetics, I went ahead and took the plunge I m glad I did the [...]

    2. Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics is a volume that is consistently challenging It surprises the reader, and forces them to examine their preconceptions about the history of the Third Reich It does not focus on the use of aesthetics as a political tool, except for one early chapter But the rest of the volume is on Hitler s use of art and aesthetics as a means and an end The photographs, primary sources, and personal sketches show the author s broad approach, and his documentation of Hitler s own [...]

    3. I grew up in the 60 s and 70 s, son of a WW2 veteran, like all the rest of my buddies It was natural that I would become interested in World War Two and its sinister mastermind, Adolf Hitler As a teenager I couldn t help but notice how cool the German tanks were Tigers, Pathers, King Tigers compared to our beetle like Shermans But it went further than that, the German uniforms too were cool, as were their their machine pistols, their flags, their medals, their swords swords , and their parades a [...]

    4. Did you know Hitler designed some of the furniture for his office Imagine furniture designed with one goal in mind to subjugate the will of the people That s pretty much this book the aesthetic choices made by the Nazi s to take and maintain control.

    5. This is a fantastic work of original scholarship I don t know too much about Wagner so the Opera sections were, for the most part, completely over my head, but the rest was incredible The images alone are worth the price of the book.

    6. I am in the process of devouring this unique and compelling tome This is definitely must read history Can t recommend this highly enough This is the portrait of the artist as a psychopath.

    7. An engaging analysis of how Hitler, the failed visual artist, altered the phrase those who can t do, teach into those who can t do, kill those who can.

    8. Very interesting discussion of how Hitler used neo classical architecture to create an imposing aesthetic, domineering, seemingly unstoppable physical Nazi over culture.

    9. I could see how easy it was to get a whole rally thing going, Bowie said in 1974, recalling the height of Ziggymania in Britain a few years earlier There were times when I could have told the audience to do anything In another interview of that era, Bowie spoke of the way Hitler staged a country , combining politics and theatrics to create the ultimate spectacle Boy, when he hit that stage, he worked an audience Hitler created this thing that governed and controlled the show for those 12 years T [...]

    10. The introduction mentioned that certain writers critiqued this volume saying that it read somewhat like a list I was surprised at this pre emptive defense upon starting this book since the first half of the book was presented in a narrative fashion However, in hindsight, since I have recently been reading about and researching totalitarian art I might have bypassed potential difficulties since I knew many of the artists and architects as well as their work beforehand particularly Breker, Thorak [...]

    11. This book shows Hitler the artisted artist, to be sure, but he always had the artistic soul, and Spotts studies this side of him, and it is a rich, enhancing view of Hitler The cover is a perfect summation of the book, and it has many good photographs Also, Hitler s artistic loves and hates are revealed, and Hitler the raving madman and mass murderer are put aside as we see his aesthetic side His grandiose building projects are tasteful, well thought outd ultimately ruinous He was determined to [...]

    12. It is entirely too easy to make fun of Hitler as a failed artist he may not have made it to art school, but his 19th century taste, as expressed in the many micromanaging personal choices of patronage, spectacle, uniforms, architecture, etc struck a chord in people than would consciously admit it it was self congratulatory, and safe, and played to stereotypes of Kulture under assault from post WWI avant garde ideas while making the world look and sound in a form to which a substantial number of [...]

    13. An in depth look into the Hitler as failed artist angle Would make a good companion read along with The Rape of Europa The Fate of Europe s Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War and the film Max starring John Cusack, with Noah Taylor as Hitler.

    14. Incredibly interesting I enjoyed the content and the back story into Hitler s life It was a bit repetitive feeling at times, as a lot of the same points were brought forward, but a must read for any history lovers.

    15. This is a fantastic work of scholarship I highly recommend it The focus on Hitler s passion for aesthetics and how it played out in the Third Reich is a unique twist that I found absolutely fascinating.

    16. Although Spotts tends to take some of Hitler s comments about giving all his power up so he could be a simple artist at face value, the rest of the book works quite well Well argued with great supporting material.

    17. Holey moley Fred Spotts did his homework The references alone could have filled an entire book Great read on getting into the mind of Hitler and the thesis that Wolfie s main reason for world domination and ethnic cleansing was really about the cultural legacy he would leave.

    18. While there were many interesting things in this book that you may have never know about Hitler, there s also many boring things I went from being enthralled to on the verge of stopping the book due to boredom.

    19. Fantastic book, unbelievably interesting, compulsive I would have given it 4 1 2 stars as, in the end, I felt I might be tiring of it, and it is very detailed But great, great book

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