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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

What made a failed Austrian artist into the most reviled and destructive personality of the twentieth century? Where did the seeds of his rabid anti-Semitism lie? How did a marginalized loner become such a moving force in Germany? How could a nation have fallen for such a fanatic? What made him so determined to bring about war?

Through manipulation of politicians and civilians, bullying, diplomacy, violence and lies, Hitler achieved a total and unlikely power. Covering his early life, military service in World War One and eventual rise to power, first as the leader of the Nazi party, and then head of state, Hitler: History in an Hour describes the life of a man who spent his final days inside a bunker having plunged the world into a global conflict, the bloodiest in history.

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour…


‘If the past is a foreign country, History in an Hour is like a high-class tour operator, offering delightfully enjoyable short breaks in the rich and diverse continent of our shared past’ Dominic Sandbrook

‘The practice of History is ever-evolving, and the History In An Hour idea brings it back up to date for the digital age’ Andrew Roberts, Bookseller

‘This is genius’ MacWorld.com

About the author

Rupert Colley was a librarian in Enfield for 22 years until September 2011. A history graduate, he launched the original History In An Hour in 2009 with a website, blog and ‘World War Two In An Hour’ as an iPhone app. He then expanded it to Kindle, iBooks and into the USA with a series of titles, and enlisted new writers by encouraging guest bloggers on the website. History In An Hour was acquired by HarperCollins in 2011.

December 8

Customer Reviews


"Hitler-History in an hour"

Fantastic 1-hour read! I very much enjoy historic books, but I find myself reading way into the early morning... This book out of the 1-hour collection prevents that.

The author gave enough information to keep the reader interested, & opens the door for further books if the reader so wishes. I found the information to be correct as I have learned & understand. The one surprise I really liked was at the end when you are given a literal breakdown of people of the book & a historical outline.

Highly recommend this book for those who are just beginning their history interest, as well as those who have been long time fans of history; for us this 1-hour read is enough to just start & finish.

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