A true great political leader takes full advantage of favorable conditions, is able to rule the people under poor circumstances, and most importantly has the full support of his/her people. Adolf Hitler, quite possibly one of the most despised human beings in the world, fits this description. Hitler was a political genius but, unfortunately his sanity slipped and he went down a road in which there was no redemption. Hitler was a master orator and was gifted in using propaganda in order to brainwash the people of Germany. People know Hitler as the man who started one of the largest genocides in human history. However, by divorcing his good political credentials from his heinous acts you can see how Hitler was an excellent leader up until his sanity slipped.
Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, in Austria, on April 20, 1889, the third son of Alois and Klara Hitler. The family moved around a lot, including to Linz, Leonding and other places. Hitler did well in school, but his marks got progressively worse as time went on. His father died when he was 14, his mother when he was 18. He tried twice to enter the Academy of Art in Vienna, but was rejected both times. Between 1909 and 1913, he lived in Vienna. There is controversy as to whether he was destitute there. He moved to Munich, Germany in 1913, and was still there when World War I broke out in August 1914. Hitler enlisted in the German army and saw four years of front-line service during which he was wounded several times and decorated for bravery twice.
Adolf Hitler joined a small political party in 1919 and rose to leadership through his emotional and captivating speeches. He encouraged national pride, militarism, and a commitment to his fellow party members. Hitler condemned the Jews, exploiting anti-Semitic feelings that had prevailed in Europe for centuries. He changed the name of the party to the National Socialist German Workers' Party, called for short, the Nazi Party. By the end of 1920,...