Impossible to put down, this is a candidate for the year’s best graphic novel.Publishers Weekly Picks
A master cartoonist and veteran tells the life story of the man who started the Second World War
Seventy years after his death, Adolf Hitler remains a mystery. Historians, military tacticians, and psychologists have tried in vain to unravel his complex motivations for leading Germany into the Holocaust and World War II. With Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler, the manga-ka (Kitaro, NonNonba, Showa: A History of Japan) delves deep into the history books to create an absorbing and eloquent portrait of Hitler's life.
Beginning with Hitler's time in Austria as a starving art student and ending with a Germany in ruins, Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler retraces the path Hitler took in life, coolly examining his charismatic appeal and his calculated political maneuvering. The Munich Beer Putsch, Hitler's ascent to chancellor, the sudden death of his half-niece Geli, the Battle of Stalingrad, his relationship with Eva Braun, and his eventual demise: all are given equal attention in this thorough and compelling biography.
In Mizuki's signature style, which populates incredibly realistic backgrounds with cartoony people, Japan's most famous living cartoonist has created an overview of Hitler's life that is as fascinating as it is informative.
Translated from the Japanese by Zack Davisson.
Praise for Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler
Mizuki’s disinclination to whitewash the darker side of the human condition out of even his children’s fare makes him more like a Japanese Vonnegut ... Like the immortal yokai themselves, [Mizuki's voice] lives on.Matt Alt, The New Yorker
Mizuki’s point-by-point biography speeds through, with dizzying completeness, almost everything: the Beer Hall Putsch, niece Geli’s suicide, the invasion of Poland, and onward. ... when Mizuki nails a caricature—Rudolph Hess’ Easter Island glower or Joseph Goebbels’ rubbery fright mask—it’s worth a thousand words.Daniel Kraus, Booklist