Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris Hardcover – 24 Sep 1998
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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
‘…this short book ought to be read by everybody with any interest, whether general or specialized, in Hitler and the Third Reich.’ History
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Reading it, what I find most incredible about Hitler's life is how someone who came out of World War I without seemingly any future prospects could become in a few years time one of the most important men of the 20th century, the man responsible for millions of dead in history's bloodiest war. The day Hitler turned 30 years old, April the 20th, 1919, Hitler must have felt an abject failure: his beloved Germany had recently lost the war, Munich was in the hands of the communist Bavarian Soviet Republic (though it seems that Hitler quietly supported the Soviet republic at the time, out of opportunism more than out of belief), if he was going to be discharged soon from the demobilizing army, as it seemed likely, he seemingly had no prospect of any civilian job. Looking at the past, he could have seen how he had failed as an artist, have few friends for the last years, was never able to have a girlfriend. Despite all this, in a few months his life would be changed when as an army spy he joined the little known NSDAP. In a few years time, he would become a national figure, the unquestionable leader of Germany's extreme nationalists. In fourteen years, he would become the leader of Germany.
The book has some good material on Hitler's childhood in conservative, provincial Austria. It is interesting to read how much his mother Klara spoiled him. As a young man, Hitler was lazy and bohemian, never having a regular job. He thought he was a great artist, so he felt crushed when the Art Academy in Vienna rejected twice his application. He was bossy and manipulative toward his few friends.Read more ›
If you have previously read the two-volume original you may miss one or the other detail or illustrative example in this "shortened" version but I personally don't think this diminishes this book in any way.
I shall spare you a summary of the subject matter because it would be impossible to do so in any meaningful way. You better read this book yourself. It's all there.
Two things I find incredible about the subject matter though. It is amazing that someone can come out of nowhere and take over a state and then single-mindedly turn the whole world upside down. The other aspect I found amazing is the "working towards the Führer" concept where Hitler's underlings implemented policy according to what they perceived to be the Führer's wishes. This worked perfectly - except in the case of Rudolf Hess who misread the Führer's wishes - and allowed Hitler to pursue his leisure activities.
What I found amusing - although I am not sure if this is the right word to use here - is that Ian Kershaw's publication of the two-volume biography received a rather warm reception in Germany. When William L.Read more ›
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I'm struggling with some of the negative reviews I've seen. If you want an academic who has clearly devoted the better part of his life to immersing himself in the history of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Soupnut
A bit repetitive nut still a riveting and authoritative readPublished 1 month ago by bishopofpontefract
I really wanted to and needed to like this book, but it is just so hard to enjoy. I appreciate that the topic is not a light one, nor entertaining, but it is still a book that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by miss a paternostro
I'm not sure where to start with reviewing this book. Considering it is a condensed version of Kershaw's two part biography Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookish-Em
As a university undergraduate, I thought lets give a Hitler biography a go. I am not disappointing,I can barely but the thing down and the level of detail is fabulous.Published 5 months ago by Peteb
Perfect for what I want it for - I am an A Level student that is covering this topic so I feel this will be invaluable to my studies.Published 5 months ago by Sam Winser
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