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From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in this century. Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the character of the bizarre misfit in his thirty-year ascent from a Viennese shelter for the indigent to uncontested rule over the German nation that had tried and rejected democracy in the crippling aftermath of World War I. With extraordinary vividness, Kershaw recreates the settings that made Hitler's rise possible: the virulent anti-Semitism of prewar Vienna, the crucible of a war with immense casualties, the toxic nationalism that gripped Bavaria in the 1920s, the undermining of the Weimar Republic by extremists of the Right and the Left, the hysteria that accompanied Hitler's seizure of power in 1933 and then mounted in brutal attacks by his storm troopers on Jews and others condemned as enemies of the Aryan race. In an account drawing on many previously untapped sources, Hitler metamorphoses from an obscure fantasist, a "drummer" sounding an insistent beat of hatred in Munich beer halls, to the instigator of an infamous failed putsch and, ultimately, to the leadership of a ragtag alliance of right-wing parties fused into a movement that enthralled the German people.

This volume, the first of two, ends with the promulgation of the infamous Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the outer fringes of society, and with the march of the German army into the Rhineland, Hitler's initial move toward the abyss of war.

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Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness.

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Hitler here emerges from obscurity to uncontested rule over a disillusioned people desperate to escape from political and economic chaos. Hitler's path to power leads from the anti-Semitism of prewar Vienna through the First World War, the nationalism of Bavaria in the 1920s, and the undermining of German democracy by extremists of the right and left that opens the door for his seizure of the state in 1933. Drawing on previously untapped sources--including Joseph Goebbels's diaries, recently discovered in Moscow--this volume ends with the promulgation of the Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the fringes of society and the march of the German army into the Rhineland, Hitler's first step toward the abyss of war. Horrifying, unstoppably readable, rich with analysis whose implications remain all too relevant as we near the end of Hitler's century, this is "biography of profound importance" (Thomas Childers, Boston Globe).

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Drawing on previously untapped sources--including Joseph Goebbels's recently discovered diaries--Kershaw sheds new light on the Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the fringes of society and paved the way for Hitler's path to power and his first steps to war. of photos.

About the Author

Ian Kershaw is a professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield and the author of numerous works of history, including Hitler: A Biography, Fateful Choices and Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution. He lives in Manchester, England.

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lukas, April 23, 2010 (view all comments by lukas)
Hitler is perhaps the most notorious of 20th century dictators, shorthand for absolute evil and tyranny. Yet once you strip away the evil, what do we know about him? Historian Ian Kershaw's sweeping and brilliantly researched two volume biography attempts to make sense of the man, as well as seeking to understand the historical and cultural context that made him possible. Volume one, Hubris, traces his inauspicious early days (he was a lazy, starving artist) to his rise to power in the 30s. Volume two, Nemesis, picks up there and then takes us through the war and Hitler and Nazi Germany's downfall. An indispensable book.
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ISBN:
9780393320350
Author:
Kershaw, Ian
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Antisemitism
Subject:
Hitler, adolf, 1889-1945
Subject:
Heads of state
Subject:
Germany Politics and government 1933-1945.
Subject:
Hitler, Adolf
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Biography-Political
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Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
April 2000
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TRADE PAPER
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General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white photos throughout
Pages:
912
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9.2 x 6.1 x 1.6 in 2.52 lb

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Product details 912 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393320350 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness.
"Synopsis" by , Hitler here emerges from obscurity to uncontested rule over a disillusioned people desperate to escape from political and economic chaos. Hitler's path to power leads from the anti-Semitism of prewar Vienna through the First World War, the nationalism of Bavaria in the 1920s, and the undermining of German democracy by extremists of the right and left that opens the door for his seizure of the state in 1933. Drawing on previously untapped sources--including Joseph Goebbels's diaries, recently discovered in Moscow--this volume ends with the promulgation of the Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the fringes of society and the march of the German army into the Rhineland, Hitler's first step toward the abyss of war. Horrifying, unstoppably readable, rich with analysis whose implications remain all too relevant as we near the end of Hitler's century, this is "biography of profound importance" (Thomas Childers, Boston Globe).
"Synopsis" by , Drawing on previously untapped sources--including Joseph Goebbels's recently discovered diaries--Kershaw sheds new light on the Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the fringes of society and paved the way for Hitler's path to power and his first steps to war. of photos.
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