In his forthright introduction, Kershaw acknowledges that, as a committed social historian, he did not include biography in his original intellectual plans. However, his "growing preoccupation" with the structures of Nazi domination pushed him toward questions about Hitler's place and considerable authority within that system. He argues that the sources for Hitler's power must be sought not only in the dictator's actions but also (and more importantly) in the social circumstances of a nation that allowed him to overstep all institutional and moral barriers. In a comprehensive treatment of Hitler's life and times up through the remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936, Kershaw draws from documents recently made available from Russian archives and benefits from a rigorous source criticism that has discredited many records formerly understood to be reliable. Hubris thus supplants Alan Bullock's classic Hitler: A Study in Tyranny as the definitive account of a man who, with characteristic smugness, indicated that it was a divinely inspired history that made him: "I go with the certainty of a sleep walker along a path laid out for me by Providence." Kershaw's penetrating analysis of how such a certain path could emerge from the dire circumstances of post World War I Germany is the abiding strength of Hubris. --James Highfill --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
To boot, the book is highly readable and very interesting.
I commend Kershaw, however, for an excellent well research book that is almost sure to become the standard against which other biographies are judged.
I'm struggling to recall reading a better biography than Ian Kershaw's first volume on Hitler.
Great historical book of the Man and Germany of those timesPublished 2 months ago by William S. Herndon
Ian Kershaw is an historian who has excellent judgment and makes fine distinctions clear and meaningful.Published 5 months ago by Michael L. Levine
I don't have a lot more to say that hasn't already been said. I have spent the past three years studying the Ostfront (Glantz, Erickson, Beevor, etc. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Neal Wolfe
Gives a good picture what were the circumstances in Europe, and especially in Germany, that made possible for Hitler to get the power that he eventually had.Published 8 months ago by Kari Ahokas
A phenomenal biography in every way. Kershaw is a fantastic writer. I now have four of his volumes on my shelves. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jason Russell
I was told that this was the definitive biography of the terrifying German dictator. It is. It surpasses Joachim Fest's very thorough work. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Thilo Ullmann-Zahn
I can't remember when I've read two mega-volumes about anything and said I couldn't put them down. Mr. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laurence Hutner
Kershaw’s Hitler 1889-1936 Hubris lays out a comprehensive analysis of Hitler’s early years in Austria, his service in 1914, his entrée into nationalist politics and the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by ironman96