Absolutely brilliant. I've not read a "complete" history of the Haulocaust before. Laurence Rees writes clearly, straight to the point, and without sensationalism. He provides enlightening insights into the deep origins of the Holocaust -- why and how it happened. Anti-Semitism was a phenomenon that ran deep around the world at the time. I found it deeply disturbing, of course. It's almost impossible to get one's head around what happened during the Holocaust and how something so horrifying could happen. I particularly appreciated the way the author brings the voices of real people to the story. His quoting of them brings home the personal nature of the suffering that millions of people went through. It's a large book, but I couldn't put it down. In my opinion, every adult should read this. I can't recommend this book enough.
This book charts how an idea, unsupported by evidence or rationality, pursued by the powerful, has corrupted nations, stripped away their veneer of civilisation and driven human beings to behave with unimaginable and incomprehensible cruelty. Unless we examine, in detail such as provided by this book, the evolution of the great crimes against humanity we shall permit others to evolve.