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Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris
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on July 19, 2015
Five stars.
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on June 16, 2015
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 wind.

His moment of peacing out on his friend in Vienna after failing his painting exam twice is so classic. Also the intellectual hinge of coming back to a broken Munich and blaming it on the Jews made sense to me. I loved the take on Hilter actually not being good at anything besides getting the crowd going--he also does a really good job illustrating why his initial speeches were compelling. I never knew that he didn't really come up with any of his ideas. He was very lucky to get the right organization men like Strasser in his orbit. I also thought the blood law banning Jews from employing German women under 45 (though Germans could still have female Jewish servants) was pretty rich.

I would've liked more on the conservatives who he implied played this totally critical role in getting Hilter into power. He did do a great job of illustrating where the German people were in regards to all of the high politics going on around them, and for the first time the big vote totals that the Nazis were able to run up in the early 30s made sense to me.

Working towards the Fuhrer is an absolutely brilliant thesis that isn't too cute by half. It really does seem to explain how he kept the revolution going when for so many other regimes it stalls out under corruption/other concerns.
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on May 11, 2015
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 called The Devil's Disciples.
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on April 26, 2015
Looks big, but great read.
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on April 23, 2015
Ian Kershaw's Hitler biographies, "Hubris" and "Nemesis" are excellent. He makes very logical conclusions about Hitler's motivations and behavior. I read "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" which contained a biography of Hitler but Kershaw's books are light years ahead of that one, realizing of course that much Nazi history has come to light since the collapse of the Iron Curtain and "Rise and Fall..." was written much earlier. At some places in his books he seems to get hung up on certain ideas and happenings for several pages but I don't think it detracts from the books. I've read biographies of all the top Nazi leaders but since I read "The Rise and Fall..." I felt I knew enough about Hitler to pass on any further books about him. Boy was I mistaken! I'm very glad I read these two books. It allowed for a much greater understanding of Germany's people, the NSDAP and the reasons behind Nazism, it's progression and eventual fall. I have a better understanding of the Fuhrer phenomena and a better understanding of many other leaders within the NSDAP. My only regret is that I didn't start my studies of Nazi Germany by reading these two books. They should have been the first ones I read. They set the foundation for everything else. They are the picture to the puzzle.
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on April 2, 2015
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?
Yet, it still does not solve the mystery of his extreme behavior. Was it perhaps in his ability of
public speaking that enthralled his audiences and resulted in his huge success and the blind loyalty
of his vast following? His megalomania certainly increased disproportionately as his so called successes increased.
Mr. Kershaw is a very astute observer, and his chronicle is a really excellent account of this most terrible and cruel man
whose madness nearly destroyed our civilized world. I would dearly love to see if there is a final sequel written by
this great authority.
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on December 20, 2014
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 from any wrongdoing and the usual blaming of the "bourgeoisie" and all the old clichés. It gets tiring after a while, so I’m looking for a historical and less ideological book now, after reading "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich".
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HEIL HITLER AGAIN.
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on October 13, 2014
Great historical book of the Man and Germany of those times
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on July 21, 2014
Ian Kershaw is an historian who has excellent judgment and makes fine distinctions clear and meaningful.
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