David Irving's revised and expanded Hitler's War and the War Path occupies a seminal position in the English language historiography of National Socialist Germany during World War II. Using German archival sources and other primary documentation, Irving applies his considerable skill as a writer to weave a remarkably readable narrative, creating a work that accomplishes what every historian should strive for in the art of writing history. English-language historians of the Third Reich will appreciate Irving's skillful exploitation of archival records to document the details of the way Hitler conducted war. Of equal importance, as well, is Irving's use of the diaries of important persons that had never been used by historians before Irving persuaded the owners to release them. The personal insights afforded by these diaries is the glue Irving uses to provide context for the decisions behind the official records, an important consideration because it enables Irving to dispense with the usual historiographical method of making facts fit a preconceived ideological construct. Therefore, Irving's exploitation of unquestionable primary source material places Hitler's War and the War Path in a league of its own. Irving allows the leading personalities of the Third Reich to speak in their own voices. Perhaps this is what alarms his critics so greatly.
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