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The Fuhrer: Hitler's Rise to Power [Paperback]

Konrad Heiden
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14 Oct 1999
Konrad Heiden's penetrating, firsthand portrayal of Hitler's developing career and the Nazi's consolidation of power remains as incisive and compelling as it was when first published at the height of the Second World War. As a German citizen, Heiden watched Hitler grow from a small-time demagogue and failed revolutionary to a dangerously influential politician and finally dictator in total control of his party and eventually Germany. Starting with Hitler's unpromising youth and first political missteps, Heiden concludes with a gripping account of the "blood purge" of June 1934, in which Hitler executed his potential rivals in the Nazi Party and confirmed his monstrous vision for Germany. This striking narrative of the great German dictator's rise also illuminates the national character of the German people - those people who committed the crimes that aided the Fuhrer and those who allowed them to be committed. "Unique in its abundance of details, and it ranks beside the classics of historical writing" - Christian Science Monitor "Remorselessly, ruthlessly objective" - New York Times Book Review "[A] superior piece of writing . . . Essential for all libraries" - Library Journal "The most complete study in the field" - The New Yorker

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc; 1st Carroll & Graf Ed edition (14 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078670683X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786706839
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars good 14 Jan 2014
By jules
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received this item yesterday. front sleeve was slightly ripped but apart from that in good condition. very happy with purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 9 April 2006
By Jack - Published on
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I have read over 80 books on this subject. I rate this book just under William Shirers book(Rise & Fall of Third Reich)for its completeness--up to Hitlers ascention to power. Most of what is included in the book agrees with other smaller books that are more focused on narrower segents of the period. If you want an overview with plenty of the details but don't want to try your hand at Shirer's 1600 pages then this is a great work at about 600 pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daunting but worth the read. 24 Nov 2002
By Christopher Pang - Published on
The Fuhrer, by Konrad Heiden, is an intriguing analysis of Hitler's rise to power that was written by one of his contemporaries. Heiden, a Socialist, who nevertheless is more objective than one would expect, seeks to show the scheming, events, and popular sentiments that led to Hitler's rise to power while at the same time foreshadowing the danger of Hitler's rule. The only departures from objectivity are those places in which Hitler is called "the Antichrist" and is said to be the true follower of The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. The conventional belief is that it was "the Jewish enemy" that was carrying them out, in stark contrast to Heiden's views.
Although the book is an analysis of Hitler's rise to power, it is not a comprehensive biography. It starts with events that occured before his birth and ends during the Blood Purge of 1933, in which Hitler the chancellor, orders the systematic murder of his enemies. The book does not even go as far as the start of World War II or the Holocaust, as by then, Hitler had rose to power, and his achievements went downhill from there.
The book is written in ponderous scholarly language and takes effort to read. As a fulltime student, it took me about 20 days to finish the 600 odd pages. It is replete with reported anecdotes and excerpts from Hitler's speeches, correspondences, and correspondences relating to him, enhancing and lengthening the volume. If one can avoid falling asleep and really pay attention to what is being said, one will realize the clarity and relevance of the book.
I bought this book because it was the cheapest biography of Hitler I could find, and I was not disappointed. I recommend this book to all diligent readers who desire a greater understanding of how Hitler became the Fuhrer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! I recommend! 9 Sep 2009
By adam - Published on
The book is insightful and most interesting, the author was a young student at the time Hitler and his followers were rising to power. It was easy to read (2 nights) and reads almost like a novel..Unlike Pang, I did not find it scholarly and ponderous (though he recommends the book despite this objection).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Also recommend "They Thought They Were Free" 15 Aug 2014
By horseyjrp - Published on
I have an original copy of this book, which was originally called "Der Fuehrer". It was written in 1944. The book is 788 pages in length. It is larger in size than the paperback. The pages are approximately 8" by 6"....If your paperback version is only 600 pages,
I wonder what might have been taken out... Took me a long time to read it. The details get dry at times; but it gives you the sense this man did his homework. I took it as a warning of not just a "Dark" time in history; but also of "things to come", as history seems to be repeating itself in another part of the world. ... Also recommend "They Thought They Were Free", by Milton Mayer...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heiden: Wellspring of Nazi research 22 Feb 2013
By Mark Newell Phd - Published on
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Obviously, the best research is developed from original sources and documents. Short of going to Germany and UK, US archives, (which I have done) one must search for sources closest to the original. Heiden is one such source. He lived during the era in question, he read the newspapers of the day, he was there when documents were fresh and unadulterated and he reports with the unbiased insight of the professional journalist (yes, they did exist once). Heiden's style is clear, concise and highly informative and to read this work is to realize how subsequent 'researchers' have misunderstood, bowdlerized and misrepresented the facts about Hitler's rise to power and his conduct of the war. This book is a must read for any one seeking facts as opposed to pre-digested opinion cannibalized from the plethora 'spin' sources used to create the "new" "non-fiction" available today. Here is early insight into the circumstances that allowed a singularly evil regime to rise from the ashes of post World War One Germany.
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