Richard Overy

The Plebeian and the Patrician

Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership

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It is difficult to imagine two leaders less alike than Hitler and Churchill. They were chalk and cheese. Hitler is usually compared with his fellow dictators; there are differences here too, but at least we are talking about varieties of cheese (or chalk). Comparing two men so distant in upbringing, personality, tastes and reputation is not an easy task. Each was a leader in his own mould.

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