Why was Hitler's rise to power possible? A unique historical viewpoint is presented beginning 1200 years ago and leads to World War II. The Author lived and suffered through the NAZI regime and intertwines his life with political and historical events. During the war he lived in a regime controlled camp, subjected to heavy indoctrination, away from his home and without the influence of his parents. The final acceptance of democratic principles, the post-war era, and Germany's recovery form his young life. The personal, educational, and professional development present a truthful picture of success and failures. The immigration to the United States of America in 1975 and the acquisition of the US citizenship, experiencing liberty and "the American Dream" stand in stark contrast to his early life. Management and executive positions as a mining engineer, "retiring" on an active farm, and thereafter living in a one family home, now more than eighty years old, result in a rare and broad knowledge of the industrial, private and demographic structure of the greatest country in the world. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Capitalistic Principles largely contribute to the author's love of this great country. Some critical considerations from the author's point of view about political, legal and sociological facts and problems are also included. The book is directed to all ages; the Greatest Generation will refresh their memories, the Younger Folks will learn. All readers will appreciate "WHAT WE HAVE." Most of all, the book avoids unnecessary, lengthy passages resulting in a small, easy to read volume.