The Story-Oriented Approach

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Adolf Hitler was a highly complex individual who created a highly complex civilization – The Third Reich. Quite probably, the most complex civilization in human history. Consequently, a genuinely comprehensive book about him (“Everything You Need to Know about Der Führer”) is inevitably quite long.

I called this book “one million words about Adolf Hitler”. In my MS Word 2013 in 12-point Brawler with 1.1 line spacing and 8-point interval between paragraphs, it would translate into roughly 2,500 pages (it is approximately 400 words per page). A book printed with 10-point Times Roman with 1.5 line spacing will be about 2100 pages long.

Obviously, a book that size can sooner or later become… well, boring – if special anti-boring measures are not taken. Recognizing that, I chose a story-oriented approach (for those of you who are IT-savvy, it is one of the applications of object-oriented approach to structuring texts).

More precisely, stories-oriented (in plural) as my book is comprised of many dozens of individual stories. Which, however, create a powerful synergy – and a coherent, continuous, comprehensive narrative.

The book has four levels – the book proper is broken down into chapters (I did not find the higher – Parts – level useful); the chapters – into sections and sections – into subsections (“units”).

Each subsection consists of facts intermingled with analysis and followed by conclusions. A combination of facts, analysis and conclusions tell a unique individual story – which I obviously try to make interesting, attractive, captivating and functionally (informationally) emotionally and even spiritually valuable to my reader.

Stories told by subsections amalgamate into a story told by a section; the stories narrated by sections – into a story told by a chapter; and stories conveyed by chapters – into a comprehensive story told by the whole book.

Hence you can start reading the book pretty much anywhere (i.e. with any subsection) and still obtain valuable knowledge. However, if you want to arrive at a comprehensive picture (portrait, profile, etc.) of Adolf Hitler – and I hope you do – I strongly suggest that you read it cover to cover – from the beginning to the end.

 

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