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Hitler [Kindle Edition]

Ian Kershaw
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Is there anything fresh to be said about Hitler? He is an icon, maybe the icon, of the 20th century. He was a failed artist with Wagnerian fantasies, a slob who could not get up in the morning, but he exposed the frailties of modern civilisation in a way that should still make us giddy. How? Was it his doing, or German society's?

Professor Ian Kershaw has produced a work of definitive scholarship that will be the standard for years to come. It was badly needed; since Alan Bullock's 1952 classic Hitler: A Study In Tyranny and Joachim Fest's Hitler (originally published in 1973) there has been much valuable research, all of which Kershaw seems to have read (there are 200 pages of notes). Add to this the media (and, by extension, public) fascination with the nature of evil, and a resurgent interest in right-wing groups, and this book becomes long overdue.

Kershaw deals rigorously with the bones of his subject's life. He has no truck with psychological padding, and calmly demolishes most of the quasi-facts that have sprung up--if in doubt, he allows space within the chronology. His description of the path to the Chancellorship, which was always more messy than messianic, is painful to behold but gripping to follow, and concludes in 1936 with Hitler at the height of his "Hubris".

This is an important study of the character of power, as clearly written as it is intellectually engaging. --David Vincent


Supersedes all previous accounts. It is the sort of masterly biography that only a first-rate historian can write (David Cannadine Observer)

The Hitler biography for the twenty-first century (Richard Evans Sunday Telegraph)

I cannot imagine a better biography of this great tyrant emerging for a long while (Jeremy Paxman)

Magisterial ... anyone who wishes to understand the Third Reich must read Kershaw, for no one has done more to lay bare Hitler's morbid psyche (Niall Ferguson Sunday Telegraph)

For the present generation, Kershaw's Hitler stands out as a clear beacon of truth, illuminating a dark age of terror and mendacity (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)

The definitive biography of the Führer (Juliet Gardiner Sunday Times)

An achievement of the very highest order (Michael Burleigh Financial Times)

Mesmerizing ... presents the twentieth century's most controversial life in a single sweep (Michael Kerrigan Scotsman)


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Zunächst sei gesagt, dass ich schon etliche Hitler Biografien gelesen habe, auch die sehr bekannte von Joachim Fest. Ian Kershaw überzeugt vor allem durch seine Recherchen von Hitlers Kindheit und Jugend, sowie über seine Zeit als "entwurzelter Herumtreiber" in Wien, wo er sich seine eigene Ideologie aus Bruchstücken anderer rechter Ideologen "zusammenbastelte". Wenn es stimmt, dass Persönlichkeiten neben den Genen vor allem durch die Erfahrungen in Kindheit und Jugend geformt und gefestigt werden, dann liefert Ian Kershaw dafür überzeugende Argumente. Alles was bisher über Hitler geschrieben wurde, beleuchtet vor allem die Zeit seines politischen Aufstiegs in München und natürlich auch die Zeit danach bis zum bitteren Ende (für Deutschland) 1945. Wer Antworten darauf sucht warum Hitler das wurde, was er war, der sollte diese Biografie lesen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Erstklassig 8. September 2013
Von Ikarus999
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Das Buch gibt Einsicht in zahlreiche historische Details ohne dass der Leser die Übersicht und das Verständnis für den Gesamtzusammenhang verliert. Es geht sehr unter die Haut, geht nicht nur im Detail auf den Holocaust ein sondern zeigt auch eindringlich unter welchem Druck die Militärs standen die sinnlosen Befehle Hitlers auszuführen. Als 1964 Geborener ist mir jedoch auch nach Lektüre des Buchs nicht nachvollziehbar wie Hitler so viele in seinen Bann ziehen konnte. Dennoch - für jeden an Zeitgeschichte Interessierten - ist dieses Buch meines Erachtens ein "Muss".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A superb well written history focused biography 28. Juli 2010
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One of the most formidable aspects of this book is the fact that it is extremely informative and at the same time so easy going, so good is the reading. Mr. Kershaw did a herculean research based on a lifetime trying to capture and decipher all the angles of the War, the Holocaust, Nazi Mentality and of the "great"' Warlord. It appears that he put everything he had in this brilliant and passionate work, definitely much more than just only a Hitler biography. He takes your hand and walks with you through the first half of the XX century like a thorough teacher who gives his pupils the whole picture of an event without relenting from the main subject, making every step feel interesting and connected.

Throughout the whole thousand pages I never really felt I was reading a book mainly focused on Hitler's life, but rather a fabulous research of the events, which tried to explain and understand how the once frustrated wanna be painter could become the most powerful, cherished and hated politician in the world and wage a brutal war until his dead in 1945. It's easily understandable that no one could write a biography dealing deeply with the aspects of the private life of a man who had no true friends and was utterly secretive, simply because there is no known private life. When it comes to Hitler we are faced with someone playing day and night the role of the "Führer" even to his closest entourage, someone whose life has to be studied and seen in a broader light. And this was exactly what Mr. Kershaw did with amazing competence. You won't find here the small detail in Hitler's day by day life. Instead, you are given a psychological frame of the tyrant which develops throughout his life and a brilliant account of the unfolding events that led to the Second World War and of the war itself.

At the end of this absorbing tragic reading one can't escape the feeling that such an enormity belongs to the domain of fiction, wouldn't every bit of it be true.
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It is not your typical biography of Hitler. It is a thorough examination and analysis of Hitler's rise to power. It examines how he got power, how he maintained power, how he used power, and, finally, how he lost power. Quite an interesting book. Be sure to check out other books in this "Profiles in Power" series.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Between Biography and Social History 3. August 2010
Von Peter D. Couch - Veröffentlicht auf
Several years ago I read John Toland's excellent biography of Hitler and more recently I finished Richard Evan's three part history of the Third Reich. This book falls into the grey area between the two, part biography and part social history. The author is quite clear about this, stating in his introductory notes the man cannot be seperated from his time and that without the extreme social and political conditions in Germany following the end of World War One, Adolf Hitler would have remained a little noticed footnote in history.

The book is well researched and well written and after reading it I wish I had purchased the full two volume edition rather than the abridgement. It benefits from almost three decades of new research since Toland's work was published, but I still retain a fondness for that earlier work because of its insights into Hitler's personality.

Great book, worth reading. Get the full version if you want all the details.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good history-not biography 10. Februar 2009
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This book is a very good history of Germany while Hitler was in power. The book does not really seem like a biography. Particularly during World War 2 there is little analysis or description of what Hitler was doing as an individual. Some personal details may seem trivial compared to the big events of the war, but part of the enjoyment of a biography is in reading the personal details.

Particularly in Hitler's case, as he was so evil, one would like some in depth knowledge of what his personal behavior was like. Moreover, as the book moves through the war years there is excellent detail and description of the Eastern Front, but the description of the West and North Africa gets much less attention.

If you are interested in WWII, it is an excellent read, but if you are looking for deep insight into Hitler it is somewhat lacking.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen How it all happened 16. Februar 2010
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As an older man who lived through this period in the U.S. and as a sailor on a destroyer at the end of the War, this was great overview of how this horrible period of history came about. The original two volumes would have been too much for a non-intellectual like myself. I look forward to finding another reader like myself to pass this heavy hard cover book to.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great, especially on "framing" Hitler from his juvenile psychology 28. April 2010
Von S. J. Snyder - Veröffentlicht auf
Kershaw gives us more on the pre-Vienna, pre-art school rejection, Hitler than the normal biography. (Note: Comments here could apply to the individual two volumes that were the original form of this biography.)

It's clear, clear indeed that the acorn didn't fall far from the parent tree, in the sense of "parent" being his mother more than his father.

Overindulged by a mother who lost some of her children, with a distant father about old enough to be his grandfather, we can see the roots of a "spoiled" Hitler start early. Add to that an unchallenging primary school, with Hitler then suddenly brought up short when the high school/secondary school in Linz showed that he couldn't cut the mustard academically without serious study and diligence, which Hitler simply refused to do, and it's clear the juvenile was indeed father to the man.

After this, Kershaw carefully researches how Hitler's antisemitism developed over the years in Vienna, and was certainly not something that emerged early on.

After we get past the time of the 1923 putsch, Kershaw falls into a wide stream of biography. But, he certainly presents new insights into Hitler's early years.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Extremely long but excellent biography of Hitler 18. August 2011
Von Andres C. Salama - Veröffentlicht auf
Ian Kershaw's monumental biography of Adolf Hitler, more than a thousand pages long (previously published as two volumes). It is a long read, but it is a fascinating story, never boring.

Reading it, what I find most incredible about Hitler's life is how someone who came out of World War I without seemingly any future prospects could become in a few years time one of the most important men of the 20th century, the man responsible for millions of dead in history's bloodiest war. The day Hitler turned 30 years old, April the 20th, 1919, Hitler must have felt an abject failure: his beloved Germany had recently lost the war, Munich was in the hands of the communist Bavarian Soviet Republic (though it seems that Hitler quietly supported the Soviet republic at the time, out of opportunism more than out of belief), if he was going to be discharged soon from the demobilizing army, as it seemed likely, he seemingly had no prospect of any civilian job. Looking at the past, he could have seen how he had failed as an artist, have few friends for the last years, was never able to have a girlfriend. Despite all this, and under an extraordinary set of circumstances, in a few months his life would be changed when as an army spy he joined the little known NSDAP. In a few years time, he would become a national figure, the unquestionable leader of Germany's extreme nationalists. In fourteen years, he would become the leader of Germany.

The book has some good material on Hitler's childhood in conservative, provincial Austria. It is interesting to read how much his mother Klara spoiled him. As a young man, Hitler was lazy and bohemian, never having a regular job. He thought he was a great artist, so he felt crushed when the Art Academy in Vienna rejected twice his application. He was bossy and manipulative toward his few friends. Before he turned 19 both his parents were dead, and he lived in abject poverty in Vienna as a struggling artist in the years just before World War I.

I find it profitable to compare this book with another recent two volume biography of the other great tyrant of the 20th century, Joseph Stalin, by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Both were originally underestimated, and turned out to be far smarter than what their political opponents thought. Stalin was probably more evil and cruel than Hitler (Stalin rejoiced in sending to their death former friends and comrades in a way than Hitler didn't) but I think Hitler was probably the crazier, less adjusted guy. Before entering politics, Hitler was a complete outcast from society, socially and emotionally, in a way than Stalin (who in his young years, as a top Bolshevik bandit in the Caucasus was always able to have many friends and female lovers) never was. Interestingly, according to some of their close followers, both seem to have lost their last piece of their humanity in the early 1930s when women very close to them committed suicide in mysterious circumstances (Hitler's niece Geli Raubal in 1931 and Stalin's wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva in 1932).
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