Title: I Saw Hitler!
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart, New York
Publication Date: 1932
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Edition: First edition.
8vo. 42 black-and-white photographs, that with their captions form an early visual biography of Hitler. Original orange cloth; ORIGINAL PICTORIAL DUST JACKET. FIRST EDITION IN THE EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE DUST JACKET, BY "THE FIRST LADY OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM." Thompson was recognized by Time magazine in 1939 as the second most influential woman in America, after Eleanor Roosevelt. This book is the product of her interview with Adolf Hitler in Munich on 1931 - a severe underestimation of the potential of this "little man," an epithet that compelled the National Socialists to expel her from Germany in August 1934. She was the first journalist to be so treated. Thompson had been angling for an interview with Hitler since 1923, but he had little interest in foreign reporters. By late 1931, though, as his role as Germany's next leader seemed all but ensured, he agreed to meet with Thompson. Thompson's article-"I Saw Hitler!"- appeared in the March 1932 issue ofCosmopolitan, and was quickly reprinted in the present book form. Its underestimation of Hitler did much to divert focus on the reality of his terrifying potential with the American public. Her expulsion from Germany and thrice-weekly column in Ladies Home Journal rocketed her to superstardom, but "I Saw Hitler" testified to another mass delusion: that the "little man" would never be the leader he himself predicted. The dust jacket is scarcely seen in any condition. The present example preserves all of the provocative, and defamatory, text. Its damage (and subsequent repair) is relegated to the blank pictorial areas at top. The jacket text pointedly attacks the legitimacy of Hitler, and paints him as a pathetic character: "When I walked into Adolph Hitler's room, I was convinced that I was meeting the future dictator of Germany. In something less than fifty seconds I was quite sure that I was not. It took just about that time to measure the startling insignificance of this man who has set the world agog?" "Yet, see upon the platform, ungainly, insignificant, with his awkward figure and ridiculous little moustache- "-Ungainly and awkward, that is to say, until he launched upon his theme. Then the little corporal forgets himself. Literally, the spirit seems to enter him. His eyes ablaze, his hands clench; he is mocking, declamatory, pathetic, exhortatory. Never mind that what he says, read next day in cold print, reads like nonsense. "'A speaker's aim,' he says himself, 'should not be to convince philosophers and scientists, but to sway masses.'". Jacket with amateur tape repairs along spine and top, with some loss of image. Bookseller Inventory # 400628
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