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Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – Rauer Buchschnitt, 21. Oktober 2008

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“Fascinating.”
-Washington Post Book World Best Nonfiction of 2008

“In Hitler's Private Library Timothy Ryback turns Hitler's reading into a way of reading Hitler–his mind, his obsessions, his evolution. It's an original and provocative work that adds valuable context to the skeletal and mystifying historical record.”
-Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler

Hitler's Private Library is a meticulously researched and highly original focus on one of history's most enigmatic figures. Timothy W. Ryback shines his laser-like perceptions into the library and mind of Adolf Hitler in a way no previous book has done. Anyone even vaguely interested in the uses and misuses of ‘a little bit of knowledge’ and ideology will marvel–and shudder–at Ryback's riveting insights.”
-Steven Bach, author of LENI: The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl

“Remarkably absorbing . . . A tantalizing glimpse into Hitler’s . . . self-improvement program.”
-Jacob Heilbrunn, The New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating . . . Hitler’s Private Library will appeal to anyone interested in what books mean to us, and is ‘must’ reading for anyone who doubts the power of written words to sway the human imagination toward good or evil.”
-R. V. Scheide, Sacramento News & Review Best Books of 2008

“Sensitively handled . . . and intelligently presented . . . Ryback’s portrait is both original and rewarding.”
-John Gross, New York Review of Books

“Fascinating . . . Timothy Ryback writes gracefully, and the story he weaves around the books from Hitler’s private libraries . . . offers fresh perspectives . . . Deftly, and with an economy of words, he sketches the future dictator’s transition from young volunteer to bitter and hardened soldier.”
-Charles A. Radin, The Boston Globe

“Elegantly written, meticulously researched, fascinating . . . thought-provoking . . . Ryback has produced a valuable short addition to attempts to understand this strange man whose impact on the world was so baleful.”
-Ian Kershaw, The New York Sun

“Dramatic . . . Ryback derives fascinating and suggestive material from the books that he examines . . . Ryback’s useful book brings us a little closer to the mind of the monster.”
-Anthony Grafton, The New Republic

“Intriguing . . . Ryback is not the first to study Hitler’s marginalia, but he does make the perfect guide, intelligent, well-informed, and careful.”
-Douglas Smith, The Seattle Times

“Crisply written . . . Thoroughly engrossing . . . Fascinating.”
-Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World

“Rewarding . . . Carefully researched.”
-Ritchie Robertson, Times Literary Supplement

“Approaching Hitler from an unexpected angle, Timothy Ryback isn’t adding a gimmicky volume to the vast bibliography: he’s shedding more light on the man than I have found in many full-dress studies . . . irresistible.”
-John Wilson, Christianity Today

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Der Mann, der Bücher verbrennen ließ, las jede Nacht mindestens ein Buch - laut Hitlers eigenen Angaben und den Aussagen etlicher Bediensteter. Sein Lesestoff, unter anderem: Karl May, Sven Hedin, jede Menge rassistischer Traktate, Militärisches und Okkultes.
Was sagt die Lektüre über den Mann aus, der Abermillionen ins Unglück stürzte? Sehr viel, wie Timothy W. Ryback in seinem Buch verdeutlicht. Er hat ihm einen Vierzeiler von Alexander Pope vorangestellt, der mit den Worten beginnt: A little learning is a dangerous thing". Adolf Hitler ist sicher das beste Beispiel dafür, wie gefährlich Halbbildung ist, das wahllose Verschlingen von Fakten, Fiktion und Lügen und die Unfähigkeit, diese zu verdauen, das eine vom anderen zu unterscheiden. Einen Gossen-Intellekt" bescheinigt Ryback in einem Interview Hitler. Ein Mann, der im selben Atemzug Schopenhauer und einen obskuren Rassisten zitiere.
Dahinter steht zum einen die intellektuelle Unsicherheit, die Hitler wegen seiner ungenügenden Schulbildung hatte, zum anderen seine Überheblichkeit, wie sie etwa schon in Mein Kampf" zum Ausdruck kommt. In nur wenigen Jahren habe er das nötige Wissen erworben, auf dem seine Weltanschauung ruhe. Zu seinen meistbenutzten Büchern, die in all seinen Residenzen griffbereit waren, gehörten Enzyklopädien, Meyers und der Brockhaus, in denen Hitler oft nachschlug. Seine Zeitgenossen waren immer wieder erstaunt über die Menge an Fakten und Zahlen, die Hitler aus dem Kopf abspulen konnte.
Versuche, Hitlers Lesegewohnheiten anhand der übrig gebliebenen Büchern aus seinen diversen Bibliotheken zu rekonstruieren, bergen Risiken, deren sich Ryback wohl bewusst ist. Denn sie wurden nach dem Krieg zerstreut.
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HASH(0x93d333fc) von 5 Sternen A fascinating read, and not just for Hitler specialists 27. Oktober 2008
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How better to understand the mind of a significant historical personality than through his private library! Ryback literally happened upon a large portion of Hitler's library while doing research at the Library of Congress. This is a well written and fascinating approach to the mind that unleashed fascism in what was arguably the most civilized country in the world at the time. Indeed, "Hitler's library" comes across as an oxymoron; we've so demonized Hitler that one would think from Hitler's anti-intellectual reputation there would be little one could say about his reading interests. Ryback's book goes far in dispelling this popular representation. As August Kubizek is quoted as saying, "Books, always more books! I can never remember Adolf without books."

The author brings out a number of nuances in Hitler's mind and personality by looking at what Hitler read. Rather than 'humanizing' Hitler in this manner, Ryback demonstrates how Hitler arose from the same Weimar intellectual milieu as a Thomas Mann or a Heidegger, how a Hitler could occur from the same intellectual crisis that deeply swept through early 20th century Germany. From a study of his library we learn that Hitler highly valued Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, and Shakespeare (even more than Goethe and Schiller!). We also learn, not surprisingly perhaps, that he was intensely interested in religion, the occult, and the nature of divine providence.

After reading Ryback's book, it's hard to believe that, after the dozens and dozens of books written about Hitler, no one has yet taken the time to analyze his library. This is not only a must read for specialists concentrating on WWII, but it is also a valuable and fascinating study for those interested in general European history.
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HASH(0x93d33450) von 5 Sternen Much More than a Listing of Hitler's Books 5. Dezember 2008
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The title of this excellent volume is a bit misleading, since it contains a far richer tapestry of material than merely telling us what books Hitler owned and read. Rather, proceeding chronologically, the author has written a series of interconnected essays which take their theme from various of Hitler's books. And make no mistake about it, as a reading of "Hitler's Table Talk" confirms, the man was a great reader, knocking out in midnight reading sessions as much as a book a night. It seems Hitler was always surrounded by books, whether in Berlin, Munich, his mountain retreat, or at the battlefront.

The book begins with Hitler during the first war and his acquisition of a tourist guide to Berlin, which he employed on several trips to the city while on leave. We learn a bit about what Hitler actually did in the first war and why he was proud of his service. Sometimes, a chapter springs from the dedication in a gift book to Hitler, such as that from his early mentor Dietrich Eckart in the 1920's. This leads to a valuable discussion of Hitler's successful quashing of a competing leader for his party, one Otto Kickel, who had written "Resurgence of the West," and who almost displaced Hitler from party leadership. A third very interesting chapter looks at Hitler's own writings--much more than I was aware of. In addition to "Mein Kampf," there was a second volume devoted to Hitler's view of the future of Germany, a partial volume of war reminiscences, and a third volume of "Main Kampf" devoted to foreign policy issues that resided in a bank vault for decades after the war. The author's discussion of how Hitler wrote, and improved as a published author, is quite helpful.

Other chapters look at Hitler's philosophical reading, including a set of Fichte gifted on him as a peace offering by Leni Riefenstahl (whom the author interviewed), as well as other gifts from Julius Friedrich Lehmann, a successful publisher who was the guru of Nazi biological racism. A chapter is devoted to a "book war" between Nazi theorist Alfred Rosenberg and the Vatican, that raised tensions substantially. Spiritual and occult readings are the focus of another interesting discussion. Two final chapters are particularly instructive: one deals with Hitler's identification with Frederick the Great who came back from terrible defeats to grab victory--Hitler thought he was another Frederick, especially when FDR died; the second traces what happened to Hitler's various collections of books after the war (quite a bunch ended up in the Library of Congress for example). The book contains wonderful illustrations, 16 pages of helpful notes, a solid index, and several valuable appendices. It is a Knopf book, so the quality of the paper and typography make it a pleasure to read. This is one those rare books where the reader receives a far great dividend than might be anticipated from the title.
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HASH(0x93d33888) von 5 Sternen An unusually valuable contribution 10. Januar 2009
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If one wants to penetrate beyond a plodding rehash of Hitler and his life, this thoughtful book offers an original perspective filled with many genuine nuggets.....

Given what seems an uninspiring title and subject, Ryback has created an entertaining book which is both clever and polished.

Be warned though, the perfunctory and probably - given our age - obligatory censures and condemnations do appear with necessary regularity.

Still, a book of genuine worth and insight. Recommended.
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HASH(0x93d33870) von 5 Sternen You can tell a lot about a person by what he reads. 4. Januar 2010
Von Susanna Hutcheson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I maintain that one of the best ways to get inside a person's head is to know what they read. Now, in truth, most of us read things we disagree with as much as things with which we have a great deal of sympathy and agreement. At least, the most intelligent of us. And, I think we can all agree that for all of his horrible deeds and mad mind, Hitler was intelligent.

Timothy Ryback discovered a priceless collection of Hitler's books that ended up in a hard-to-find section of the Library of Congress. Many books were seized by U.S. officers. But The Soviet army took the lion's share of the Hitler books. They were seen once, briefly, then disappeared forever.

The author neatly uses Hitler's reading habits to give us a vivid view and understanding of his political career and how it evolved. The reading must have taught him and encouraged him. For example, he read the anti-Semite work of Henry Ford. The author even tells us about the books he read and wrote in, making copious notes, while he wrote "Mein Kampf".

Ryback has a superb knowledge of German literature. Moreover, he understands the Nazi era politics. This helps make the book especially telling. Hitler was an avid reader who underlined passages that were especially meaningful to him. A cold, vivid example of that is in Paul de Lagarde's "German Essays". Underlined is: "Each and every irksome Jew is a serious affront to the authenticity and veracity of our German identity."

Hitler had a magpie mind, according to the author. He was a speed-reader and searched for especially meaningful passages and information -- information which would be useful to him. Hitler would discard what wasn't useful to him. Ryback says this was the essence of Hitler: "Not a profound, unfathomable distillation of the philosophies of Schopenhauer or Nietzsche, but instead a dime-store theory cobbled together from cheap tendentious paperbacks and esoteric hardcovers, which gave rise to a thin, calculating, bullying mendacity."

I found one item in the book mildly unsettling. Going through a copy of an architectural history of Berlin Hitler bought in 1915, was found, "a wiry inch-long black hair that appears to be from a mustache".

Highly recommended.

- Susanna K. Hutcheson
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HASH(0x93d33d38) von 5 Sternen Interesting--especially on American influences on Hitler. 10. Februar 2010
Von Tom Corwin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Having read dozens of books about Hitler, and hundreds on Nazism and WWII I did not expect to learn much new from this little book. Much to my surprise I learned a lot. Especially about American influences on Hitler's thinking. If you've never heard of Madison Grant, you ought to read this book.
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