Hitler, 1889-1936

Hitler, 1889-1936 : Hubris

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Ian Kershaw's "Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris" charts the rise of Adolf Hitler, from a bizarre misfit in a Viennese dosshouse, to dictatorial leadership. With extraordinary skill and vividness, drawing on a huge range of sources, Kershaw recreates the world which first thwarted and then nurtured Hitler in his youth, from early childhood to the first successes of the Nazi Party. As his seemingly pitiful fantasy of being Germany's saviour attracted more and more support, Kershaw brilliantly conveys why so many Germans adored Hitler, connived with him or felt powerless to resist him. "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". (Richard Evans, "Sunday Telegraph"). "One of the major historical biographies of our times...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". (Ruth Scurr, "The Times"). Ian Kershaw's other books include "Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis", "Making Friends with Hitler", "Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World 1940-1904" and "The End: Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945". "Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis" received the Wolfson History Prize and the Bruno Kreisky Prize in Austria for Political Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the inaugural British Academy Book Prize.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 880 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 40mm | 662.24g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 illustrations, glossary, notes, index
  • 0140133631
  • 9780140133639
  • 59,134

Review Text

This fine book, the first half of a two-volume life, is by a leading English scholar on Nazi Germany. Readers are led from the squalors of Hitler's peasant origins in Austria, through his years as an art-school drop-out to the intrigues of the dying Weimar Republic and the glories of early Nazi power. (Kirkus UK)show more

Table of contents

Fantasy and failure; drop-out; elation and embitterment; discovering a talent; the beerhall agitator; the "drummer"; emergence of the leader; mastery over the movement; breakthrough; levered into power; the making of the dictator; securing total power; working towards to Fuhrer.show more

About Ian Kershaw

IAN KERSHAW's other books include Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis; Making Friends with Hitler; Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World, 1940-4; and The End: Hitler's Germany, 1944-45. Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis received the Wolfson History Prize and the Bruno Kreisky Prize in Austria for Political Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the inaugural British Academy Book Prize. Until his retirement in 2008, Ian Kershaw was Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield. For services to history he was given the German award of the Federal Cross of Merit in 1994. He was knighted in 2002 and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2004. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.show more

Customer reviews

Before reading this book I found it difficult to imagine how such a despicable charachter could secure absolute power and control over a country rich with thinkers, artist and international statesmen. However, the author sets out with impressive research and perceptive analysis the creeping destiny of one man and his ever growing grip on Germany. I found the constant use of german phrases over done and they iterrupted my reading without adding anything. However, that is a minor niggle about an impressive and revealing book. Now on to the sequel.show more
by Roger Manley