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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (16 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199233209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199233205
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3.8 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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important and revealing...this is the best book yet on an under-reported period (History Today)

an intelligent, informative and absorbing book that has to be required reading for anyone seriously interested in the history of modern Germany, or in the effects of war on politics in general. (Richard J. Evans, Globe and Mail)

Formidably impressive (Michael Howard, Times Literary Supplement)

Fans of 20th-century history and specifically World War I will love this book (Canadian Jewish News)

[A] superb new work of history...eye-opening material. (Andrew Roberts, Commentary Magazine,)

An enterprising and thoughful new study based on skilful research in the archives and elsewhere. (The Spectator)

Weber's discoveries have enabled him to write a very informative and readable new analysis. (The Spectator)

A triumph of original research. (Norman Stone, Wall Street Journal)

He fundamentally alters our understanding of one of the most studied figures of the 20th century. (Norman Stone, Wall Street Journal)

Groundbreaking and minutely detailed study. (Military Times)

An impressive piece of detective work. (Sunday Times,)

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Thomas Weber teaches European and international history at the University of Aberdeen and directs the Centre for Global Security and Governance. Since earning his DPhil from the University of Oxford, he has held fellowships or has taught at Harvard University, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and the University of Glasgow. His first book, The Lodz Ghetto Album, won a 2004 Golden Light Award and a 2005 Infinity Award. His second book, Our Friend "The Enemy" is the recipient of the 2008 Duc d'Arenberg History Prize for the best book of a general nature, intended for a wide public, on the history and culture of the European continent.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ADAM on 14 Mar. 2014
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This is one of the most interesting books that I have ever read about Adolf Hitler, and I have read a great many. Not only does it successfully demolish a number of myths about this German private who served in World War 1 (‘WW1’) and then later destroyed so many innocent lives as well as most of Europe. To summarise it would be difficult, but let me attempt to list some of the many things that I found fascinating in this superbly researched book by Thomas Weber.

Hitler’s bravery and activities in WW1 are examined minutely. He was so insignificant a personality during the war that there were few records relating to such an unimportant figure in that terrible war. Weber uses the records of, and the memoirs of those who belonged to, the Bavarian regiment, which Hitler joined in 1914, to explore effectively a number of points including Hitler’s reputed bravery. Many of Weber’s sources antedate Hitler’s accession to the German Chancellorship in 1933, and are therefore undistorted by the Nazi’s manicuring of Hitler’s military record. After 1933, much was done to hide the truth about Hitler’s real role during the struggle for the Western Front in France and Belgium. For, it appears that Hitler had little to be proud about, and he must have known that revealing the truth would have helped demolish the myth that helped bring him support from the German people.

Weber describes vividly the terrible conditions that front-line soldiers had to endure in the trenches during the often brief time before they succumbed to bullet, shells, grenades, and disease. For the most part of Hitler’s wartime career, he was not on the front-line. He was a regimental dispatch runner working for the regimental headquarters which were always well out of the firing line.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By theothermatt on 30 Dec. 2011
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It's hard to know what to make of this book. It is based on what was clearly an exhaustive examination of all available primary sources, including some newly discovered ones. It makes the central case (Hitler was a slightly pathetic misfit who lacked any clear sense of himself until after the Great War, the common historical view that WW1 preconditioned his subsequent ascent is thus wrong) clearly enough. The narrative aspect hums along nicely more often than not, as and when the author lets it.

And yet it fails to convince. Perhaps it's just me, but I got the impression throughout that the author was always primarily looking for ways in which to be at odds with accepted conclusions about "Private Hitler". This gives the book a forced, contrived feel, which a number of otherwise interesting and seemingly credible arguments fall victim to. Overelaboration abounds and creates a permanent air of the smirking know-it-all. This may be unfair of me, may indeed be an unintended consequence of the other main gripe I have about this book: it's technical mediocrity.

Other reviews have commented on the regular typos and grammatical errors, beyond that it is also a book in dire need of a competent editor. Someone with some sensibility of cadence, rythm and focus. The story is constantly interrupted by what initially appear to be quick asides, adding dashes of detail to reinforce a point, but which turn out to be churning, multi-page tangents full of statistics and factual detail that ram said point home with ill-considered force. The author lacks judgement of when a point has been satisfactorily made and substantiated. Or perhaps has the adademic's lack of trust in his readers' ability to grasp the point. Beyond that, the writing needs a lot of tidying.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cowley on 13 May 2011
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Following Brigitte Hamann's fairly recent book Hitler's Vienna, Weber tells the story of Hitler's war years (1914-18) and has discovered a large archive of regimental records that were mixed in with divisional records in the German military archives. He uses soldier's letters and orders to paint a detailed picture of Hitler's life as a 'runner' in the List Regiment from Munich.

Weber paints Hitler as a warped and deceitful character who was not a natural product of his society, for example stressing that was not a front-soldier as he later claimed (though he concedes that he did see action early in the war) and suggesting that his attitude to his officers was ingratiating, hence his winning of the iron cross. He invents the disparaging moniker 'Private Hitler' on the grounds that his rank was not equivalent to the British corporal, downplays the amount he read and stresses negative views of runners by regimental comrades. As far as Weber reveals his agenda other than as a pure academic and chronicler, it is to reinstate a broadly paternalist German political class by distancing them from Hitler's campaign against Weimar Germany.

Weber claims that Hitler's views changed rapidly in Munich after the war rather than resulting from the brutality of war roughening pre-war ideological tendencies, but this is at odds with several plausible primary witnesses, such as Hitler's sometime friends August Kubizek and Ernst Hanfstaengel, as well as with the admittedly mythic 'Mein Kampf' itself.
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