The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
Leading Millions into the Abyss
The expert historian of the Nazi era, and author of "The Nazis: A Warning From History" and "Auschwitz", explores the character of the most destructive man in history, Adolf Hitler. Tying in with a new BBC2 TV series, Rees asks what it was about Hitler that caused so many to follow him and how he was able to wreak such destruction. 'Laurence Rees has done more for good history on television in this country than anyone else.' Antony Beevor
Laurence Rees is the writer and producer of the major BBC television documentary series World War II: Behind Closed Doors, War of the Century, Horror in the East and Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. He won the British Book Award for History Book of the Year in 2006 for his international bestseller Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'. Rees' career as a writer and filmmaker, focusing on the Nazis and World War II, stretches back nearly 20 years. His body of work has won him several awards, including a BAFTA and a Grierson Award. Their Darkest Hour, his powerful collection of essays based on interviews with people tested to the extreme during World War II, was published in 2007 to wide critical acclaim. Rees was educated at Solihull School and Oxford University and is the former Creative Director of BBC TV History programmes.
"Laurence Rees asks, as always, the right questions, and provides excellent answers. Blending the oral testimony of contemporaries with documentary evidence, he offers sharp insight into the adulation of Hitler by millions of Germans that underpinned his "charismatic rule"'" -- Professor Sir Ian Kershaw "Laurence Rees is currently producing the best documentaries ever made about the Nazi era" -- Clive James "Laurence Rees has done more for good history on television in this country than anyone else. Over several series, he has examined the most terrible aspects of the Second World War with a passionate longing to understand, while rejecting facile moral judgment" Antony Beevor