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Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil


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When Hitler's war ended in 1945, the war over Hitler — who he really was, what gave birth to his unique evil — had just begun. Hitler did not escape the bunker in Berlin but, half a century later, he has managed to escape explanation in ways both frightening and profound. Explaining Hitler is an extraordinary quest, an expedition into the war zone of Hitler theories. This is a passionate, enthralling book that illuminates what Hitler explainers tell us about Hitler, about the explainers, and about ourselves.


"Intriguing, thought provoking and intelligent." Ian Kershaw author of Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris


"A product of exhaustive historical research and meticulous contemporary reporting...an intellectual tour de force." George Will


Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

About the Author

Ron Rosenbaum grew up on Long Island, New York. A graduate of Yale with a degree in English literature, he left Yale Graduate School to write full-time. His essays and journalism have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, the New Republic, Vanity Fair, and the New Yorker; he's done eight cover stories for the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of four previous books, including one novel and three collections of his essays and journalism, most recently Travels with Dr Death and Other Unusual Investigations.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian Thomas Powers called him "one of the few distinctive voices of modern American literary journalism." His work has been characterized by the essayist Phillip Lopate as combining "the skills of a terrific investigative reporter and an accomplished literary stylist with an idiosyncratic streak all his own."

More than ten years ago, he began investigating certain unresolved controversies among Hitler biographers, and ultimately embarked on an odyssey that took him from Vienna and Munich to London, Paris, and Jerusalem. The book that emerged combines original research and dramatic face-to-face encounters with historians, philosophers, psychologists, and theologians as they attempt to account for the elusive figure of Adolf Hitler and the meanings projected upon him by his explainers.

Currently Ron Rosenbaum writes for the New York Times Magazine, and the New York Observer, and teaches a course on literary journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of journalism.

Table of Contents

Introduction (The Baby Pictures and the Abyss)

Part One. The Beginning of the Beginning

Chapter 1. The Mysterious Stranger, the Serving Girl, and the Family Romance of the Hitler Explainers
Chapter 2. The Hitler Family Film Noir
Chapter 3. The Poison Kitchen: The Forgotten First Explainers

Part Two. Two Postwar Visions: Sincerity and Its Counterfeit

Chapter 4. H.R. Trevor-Roper: The Professor and the Mountebank
Chapter 5. Alan Bullock: Rethinking Hitlers Thought Process

Part Three. Geli Raubal and Hitler's Sexual Secret

Chapter 6. Was Hitler Unnatural?
Chapter 7. Hitler's Songbird and the Suicide Register
Chapter 8. The Dark Matter: The Sexual Fantasy of the Hitler Explainers

Part Four. Hatred: Complex and Primitive

Chapter 9. Fritz Gerlich and the Trial of Hitlers Nose
Chapter 10. The Shadow Hitler, His Primitive Hatred, and the Strange Bond

Part Five. The Art of Evil and the Future of It

Chapter 11. To the Gestapo Cottage; or, A Night Close to the Fuhrer
Chapter 12. David Irving: The Big Oops

Part Six. The War over the Question Why

Chapter 13. A Tale of Three Kafkas: A Cautionary Parable
Chapter 14. Claude Lanzmann and the War Against the Question Why
Chapter 15. Dr. Louis Micheels: There Must Be a Why

Part Seven. Blame and Origins

Chapter 16. Emil Fackenheim and Yehuda Bauer: The Temptation to Blame God
Chapter 17. George Steiner: Singling out the Jewish Invention of Conscience
Chapter 18. Singling out Christianity: The Passion Play of Hyam Maccoby
Chapter 19. Daniel Goldhagen: Blaming Germans
Chapter 20. Lucy Dawidowicz: Blaming Adolf Hitler

Product Details

Rosenbaum, Ron
Random, House Inc
by Ron Rosenbaum
New York
Social Psychology
Europe - Germany
Pathological Psychology
Hitler, adolf, 1889-1945
Heads of state
Abnormal Psychology
Psychopathology - General
Hitler, Adolf - Family
Hitler, Adolf - Psychology
World History-Germany
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9 x 6 x 1.01 in 17.36 oz

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