This is World War II "through Hitler's eyes, from behind his desk." From that vantage point, it appears that, although he may have been indecisive in military crises, Hitler was a gifted military leader often thwarted by a bungling general staff. More surprising, until 1943 or 1944 the author claims he remained unaware of the "final solution", which, if the book is to be believed, was the work of radical underlings who had escaped his control. The book is well written and contains much new material and much detail. Its judgments, however, will certainly generate considerable controversy and skepticism.