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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.
Kershaw does a great job living up to his introduction, blending his personal story with the growth of the party and the larger politico-economic forces that gave the movement its... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jordan Schneider
Superior to others in the genre because the author has mastered the context of the life. Combines well with Speer's Inside the Third Reich and that portrait of Hitler's henchmen... Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. F. Isaacs
Ian Kershaw's Hitler biographies, "Hubris" and "Nemesis" are excellent. He makes very logical conclusions about Hitler's motivations and behavior. Read morePublished 7 months ago by unhinged
An excellent study, showing aspects of his life that are generally unknown.
Is there a follow up to the end of his life in Kindle? Read more
I wanted to read a history book about Hitler. Unfortunately, this book is written from a leftist point of view, so a big deal of it is oriented towards attempts to exempt the left... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ney Silva
Great historical book of the Man and Germany of those timesPublished 13 months ago by William S. Herndon