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  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; First Edition edition (5 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713992298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713992298
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 6.4 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ian Kershaw was Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield from 1989 - 2008, and is one of the world's leading authorities on Hitler. His books include The 'Hitler Myth', his two volume Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, and Fateful Choices. He was knighted in 2002.

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George VI thought him a "damnable villain" and Neville Chamberlain found him not quite a gentleman, but to the rest of the world Adolf Hitler has come to personify modern evil to such an extent that his biographers have always faced an unenviable task. The two most renowned biographies of Hitler--by Joachim C Fest (Hitler) and by Alan Bullock (Hitler: A Study in Tyranny)--painted a picture of individual tyranny which, in the words of AJP Taylor, left Hitler guilty and every other German innocent. Decades of scholarship on German society under the Nazis now make that verdict unsafe, and so the modern biographer of Hitler must account both for his terrible mindset and his charismatic appeal. In the second and final volume of his mammoth biography of Hitler, covering the climax of Nazi power, the reclamation of German-speaking Europe, and the horrific unfolding of the final solution in Poland and Russia, Ian Kershaw manages to achieve both these tasks. Following on from Hitler: Hubris 1889-1936 the epic Hitler: Nemesis 1936-1945 takes the reader from the adulation and hysteria of Hitler's electoral victory in 1936 to the obsessive and remote "bunker" mentality which enveloped the Fuhrer as Operation Barbarossa (the attack on Russia in 1942) proved the beginning of the end. Chilling yet objective: a definitive work.--Miles Taylor

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'...Hitler the man jumps out at the reader from virtually every page. [He ] comes across as a cold, friendless, lonely, unfeeling and utterly self-centred creature whose private life was virtually non-existent. Hitler was driven by the goal of total and ruthless success in politics and war. Power, the total domination of the new racially-pure Germany over a racially and ethnically cleansed Europe, and the ideas and practices of war were all that mattered to him - and God help those crossed him.' -- John P. Fox, The Independent on Sunday

'Extraordinary scholarship' -- Judges' verdict for the Whitbread book award shortlist, The Guardian

'Ian Kershaw's two volumes on Hitler must rank as one of the greatest scholarly and biographical achievements of our time.' -- David Cesarani, Literary Review

'Kershaw demonstrates brilliantly and painstakingly how, step by step, hat and fear was brought about, and so horrifyingly used...[Kershaw is] a historian of a new generation and a new century...' -- Gitta Sereny, The Times

'Nemesis is an achievement of the very highest order, by the historian who is Britain's uncontested expert on Nazi Germany...It will be some decades before anyone will need to shine a searching light once more into the rank darkness of that German bunker.' -- Michael Burleigh, The Financial Times

'This is unquestionably an outstanding biography'. -- Frank Mclynn, The Herald

'To understand Hitler's brief walk with the Devil, there can be no better starting point than Mr Kershaw's book.' -- The Economist

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct 2001
Format: Paperback
Ian Kershaw's follow-up to the peerless 'Hubris' matches and even surpasses the achievements of the first half of this splendid biography. Whereas Hubris addressed Hitler's upbringing and rise to power, Nemesis concerns Hitler's central role during the second world war and with it the final demise and collapse of the third reich. Kershaw's prose is accessible for laymen, whilst remaining packed full of detailed analysis for academics. The author considers both the structuralist and intentional approaches to the third reich, and also whether Nazi policy was determined by economic necessity, or ideological goals.
Nemesis also provides a fabulous insight into the mind and world of the centuries most infamous and destructive figure. It also highlights and ponders the role of those around Hitler and their relationship to him. The author also attempts to understand the reasons for Hitler's murderous determination to implement policies of genocide and dogged continuance of the war even when he knew it was lost.
The two works together represent an excellent study in the workings of the Nazi government and the mind of a dictator. These two works follow the already excellent work on the Nazis and seek to examine how and why these ideologues came to power in a rational and highly educated civlised state. Hopefully works of this quality will help aid us from preventing it from happening again.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, Ian Kershaw's superb account of Hitler's final years, manages to fuse biographical insight into the life and mind of the Dictator, together with a detailed overview of the system (or lack of it) within the Nazi state structure.
We are offered comprehensive analyses of Hitler's pre-war belligerance, the lack of will in British and French government circles to prevent his imperial ambition, his early military triumphs and, ultimately, the final descent into Holocaust, defeat, and death.
Kerhaw's excellent account acts as a constant reminder of how Hitler could have been prevented at every turn but for the absence of committed opposition within the German military establishment. It is a lucid and sober lesson in the victory of bluff and outrageous chance over conventional politics and diplomacy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct 2000
Format: Hardcover
Having read volume one, I was lookng forward to reading this and must say that it has lived up to all my expectations. What sets this book apart is that Ian Kershaw does not set out to demonise Hitler or the Nazi regime, but to explain why the second world war and the events leading up to it occured (and were allowed to occur) in a modern European country. An amazing read for all interested in the subject; a great eye opener for the rest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shaky Hands on 13 Feb 2009
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A must read for those interested in the Third Reich & world war 2 and the higher echelons of the Nazi leadership. I would recommend reading the first volume Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubrisfirst, as this 2nd volume follows from that. Concentrating on 1936-1945, the book is detailed and informative, giving the reader a brief history of the course of the war and also the machinations of the Nazi leadership as they "worked towards the Fuhrer". I would recommend this book to anyone interested in World war 2 and also those interested in politics.
For me the 2 volumes are the definitive biography of Adolf Hitler, look no further than these 2 volumes, a true masterpiece of biographical & historical writing.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Walmsley on 4 Nov 2002
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Having read both books I found this to be the more engaging but that is no reflection on the quality of the first. Rather I found as I assume most people would Hitler is at his most interesting and puzzling during the period 1936 - 1945. Together they form a superb and comprehensive biography on Hitler but they are also fine as stand alones.
This is not a book about WWII but the events of WWII in relation to Hitler so people expecting a comprehensive summary of the war will be dissapointed. Some of the most significant events are covered in only a few pages i.e. the fall of France and the Ardennes offensive. However this is probably my only criticism and one which I have no right to make given that this is a biography of Hitler and not a history of the war. However it gives an superb 800 page insight into the man and the world he was surrounded by. Kershaws writing style is engaging and the level of research he has undertaken makes this a credible document. I would certainly recommend it as being the ultimate biography of a man who has his fair share of them.
The world can be thankful that Mr Kershaw had no need for a third book on Hitler (1946 - ????) although its absence is a loss to readers of fine historical writing.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Clarkyjohnson on 21 Feb 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is quite simply one of the best books ever written about the Nazi regime. It perfectly captures the chain of events that enabled Hitler to control the Third Reich with absolute authority. It also brilliantly highlights the weakness of his opponents particularly those in the Wermacht who delayed too long in attempting to depose him. A stunning indictment not only of Hitler but also the entire ruling class of Germany in the period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lukasz Piwko on 11 Feb 2010
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Brilliant second part to a good quality and well researched piece of history. Even though the author states in the foreword that he tries to show Hitler's deeds as wrongful you don't feel like reading someone's personal opinion about him. Good read thus I would recommend it everyone who is interested in WWII history. This is not a biography per se.
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