- Taschenbuch: 845 Seiten
- Verlag: W W Norton & Co Inc; Auflage: American. (4. Februar 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0393320359
- ISBN-13: 978-0393320350
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- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,5 x 4,1 x 23,4 cm
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Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Februar 2008
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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Bibliothekseinband.
Supersedes all previous accounts. It is the sort of masterly biography that only a first-rate historian can write (David Cannadine Observer Books of the Year)
The Hitler biography for the 21st century ... cool, judicious, factually reliable and intelligently argued ... Kershaw triumphantly succeeds in showing that Hitler's rise to supreme power depended not just on his own talents, nor on the nature of German society, but on the interaction of the two (Richard Evans Sunday Telegraph)
One of the major historical biographies of our times ... Kershaw has written a dazzlingly lucid interpretation of the central dynamics of the Nazi regime which draws on a wide new range of sources and expertly manages a huge cast of accomplices ... a riveting read (Jackie Wullschlager Financial Times, Best Biographies of the Year)
His analysis of Hitler's extraordinary character has the fascination of a novel, but he places his struggle and rise in the context of meticulously researched history ... Deeply disturbing. Unforgettable (A.N. Wilson Daily Mail)
A sane, erudite, moral and intellectually honest biography of the 20th century's most destructive politician. Every page is focused on the historical question we would prefer to forget: how did it happen? (Ruth Scurr The Times)
This new biography is of profound importance and will ... quickly establish itself as the standard work on Hitler and his regime (Thomas Childers Boston Globe) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Bibliothekseinband.
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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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