Adolph Hitler once wrote, ""Vienna was and remained for me the hardest, but also most thorough, school of my life."" Assuming then that the politics and social conditions of Vienna helped shape history, this book documents the city from 1907-1913, the years of Hitler's stay there. Other than a few quotes from Mein Kampf nothing much is said by or about him. Instead there is a recreation of the Habsburg Empire in decay, of Pan-Germanism, Marxism, of poverty and unemployment. Against this, two colorful politicians---Lueger and Schonerers---bring the poison of anti-semitism into the open. Much conjecture (but little proof) is then set forth on how all this affected the poor young would-be architect who later ruled not only Vienna but all Europe. Interesting, well researched.