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Triumph of the Will?

Triumph of the Will?

David Lewis

MLI Press

9781513641409, $14.00, PB, 332pp,

Synopsis: In the pages of "Triumph of the Will?: How Two Men Hypnotised Hitler and Changed the World", author David Lewis solves one of the 20th century's most baffling mysteries. What transformed Adolf Hitler from a purposeless drifter into a leader able to manipulate the minds of millions?

In October 1918 Adolf Hitler, a lance-corporal in the Austrian army, lost his sight following a British gas attack. Doctors diagnosed his blindness as being due not to physical injury but hysteria. He had suffered a mental breakdown. Rather than being treated in a nearby hospital, he was sent 600 miles from the Front to a 'nerve' clinic in the Pomeranian town of Pasewalk. There Dr Edmund Robert Forster, one of Germany's leading hysteria specialists, used hypnosis to treat him.

Although his sight was restored, the experience left Hitler convinced he had a divine mission to 'make Germany great again.' He believed, from then on, that every step he took was dictated by a supernatural power.

In 1931, Erik Jan Hanussen, a clairvoyant, astrologer, millionaire media tycoon and Nazi supporter, taught him how to hypnotize the masses. Hitler proved himself the greatest hypnotist of them all.

"Triumph of the Will" is the extraordinary true story of the lives and deaths of Forster and Hanussen. It details the techniques they used and describes the vital roles played of hypnotism, astrology, clairvoyance and the occult in the Nazis' rise to power.

Critique: A unique and impressive contribution to the growing body of literature about Adolph Hitler and his Nazi regime, "Triumph of the Will?: How Two Men Hypnotised Hitler and Changed the World" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community and academic library collections. It should be noted that this meticulously researched and detailed account is also available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $6.36).

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Author:Vogel, Paul T.
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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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