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George M. Shuster
Strong Man Rules                                                

IMAGE       So much has been written about this 
talkative and inchoate little person that one hesitates 
to add to the supply ....... Hitler is our friend the old 
soldier. ..... Hitler is not a German. Hitler is and has 
been a greatly perplexed, honestly inquiring and quite 
unsteady young man. Those are a few of the plain facts, 
which may turn out to be at least as interesting ....

 .... a visit to the Brown House in Munich .... There is 
the "casino" where party members can buy food cheap, 
and where Hitler often comes to watch the boys drink 
beer and smoke - two vices against which the "leader" 
is proof, though he beams upon others guilty of them. .... 
the private office in which the great man sometimes 
attends to business. This office, like literary style, 
is the man. A drawing of some battle or other hangs 
on the wall. The three other sides of the room are 
each decorated with a portrait of Frederick the Great, 
while a bust of Mussolini ...stands rather sheepishly in a corner.

...From the beginning Hitler has been a political 
field-marshal - a genial "boss" who talks of the 
smallest party maneuvers in terms of the General 
Staff and who begs his men to die bravely though 
the action in sight is no more serious than taking 
up a collection.......If he tells them - as he has 
sometimes been known to do, as it were - that 
the world must be eaten for breakfast tomorrow, 
they go to bed as hungry as wolves for chunks of 
the cosmos. If he says to them that nothing more 
horrible could be imagined than a battle, they exude 
pacific sighs like those of Andrew Carnegie.....Hitler's 
ideas are apparently as contagious as measles. They 
break out simultaneously in a thousand places.

pp. 39-42, Shuster, Strong Man Rules

Dictatorship was to Hitler first a means of carrying 
through this division of spoils, and second a way of 
curbing his own organization....there never has been 
a moment when Hitler was safe in the saddle.....

Curiously enough, Hitler himself has come out of 
the ordeal with a reputation for moderateness and 
kindliness. Very good people who stagger under heavy 
blows feel that the great man wanted otherwise and 
that subordinates frustrated his benevolent designs.....
The man is certainly no monster. He is in the trap 
which is set for every clever politician who promises 
the moon and is then limited to passing out slices of a 
big round cheese. At any rate he practices some of the 
tactics of a pained paterfamilias whose benevolence is 
greater than the food supply. At least a dozen times I 
heard different versions of the following story: 
regrettable things have occurred in such and such a 
circle or place; a responsible person thereupon

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G. M. Shuster
Strong Man Rules                                                              

manages to see the illustrious Fuehrer; he is informed 
that the matter is shocking, unheard-of; der Fuehrer 
walks up and down the room muttering vows; the 
responsible person goes away very grateful as well 
as immensely relieved: and not a single thing is ever done!

pp. 73/74, Shuster, Strong Man Rules

There is only one first-rate portrait of this man's 
mind - that written by Otto Strasser. .... The Hitler 
one sees there wears no mask. He is neither a terrible, 
fire-eating revolutionary dragon, nor a man so awed 
by ideas theft he would die in the desert for them. He 
is a man with a small assortment of convictions as 
to how the country should be run, unbounded confidence 
in himself and an extraordinary mastery of German 
party organization. I have never thought him a great 
orator and see no reason for changing my opinion. On 
the platform he can be dismally long winded and 
frightfully vague. But as a "boss" there are very 
few to compare with him, if indeed there be any 
anywhere.

p. 113, Shuster, Strong Man Rules

I went to listen to Hitler again, but Hitler is a 
wind-bag and a wire-puller.....

p. 229, Shuster, Strong Man Rules.












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