Book review: The Secret Journals of Adolf Hitler: The Anointed (Volume 1) by A.G. Mogan, is a brilliant presentation about one of the most hated figures in history. Anyone, and we hope that schools still teach about Hitler’s reign, knows of the madman and monster who engaged the world in its worst-ever World War, exterminating millions of Jews in the process, and resulting in countless millions of deaths, most of them civilian casualties. Doubtless it is that Hitler has been the subject of more documentaries and films than any other tyrant, and yet, Mogan, with her book, has delved into an aspect of Adolf that I have never seen revealed in such detail. The author, in her foreword to the book, warns the reader that while much of the material used in creating this historical rendering, is based on research of creditable accounts and journals, she also warns us that we are about to see another side of the man, the human side, a window into his very troubled and violent childhood – showing us that before he became a monster, he was not the Hitler we came to know; and that in many ways, Hitler was the product of familial violence, hate, the poverty and disenfranchisement he endured for many years, and later, the anchor which he took hold of to steady his wayward ship, a hatred of the Jews which authorities of his time passionately believed and fed into the mind of a young impressionable man. The author does an excellent job of showing us the course navigated, and how Hitler came to adopt his philosophy, how he came to believe that he was on a divine mission to save his people, the Aryan race, and how he created the pillars that became the NAZI movement. It is an engrossing read, start to finish, showing in one sense, the horror of how a young boy, from a poor family, eventually became the nemesis of the entire world – and, revealing the tragedy of it all, because had any of a number of people he encountered in his life, taken a different tact with Hitler, starting with his own father who seems to have planted the seeds of hate, the world could have avoided this heinous and dark chapter in human history. The book should be recommended reading in sociological studies in schools and higher institutions, because it clearly reveals to us that dictators and tyrants are not born evil – they are molded that way by the society and the mindset of the culture around them. Brilliant! Five stars!
Book review by author, Réal Laplaine