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The Unmaking of Adolf Hitler Hardcover – May 1, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 536 pages
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press; First edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826210457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826210456
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,016,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Few historical figures have been examined in as many volumes as Hitler. Davidson's excellent study must surely rank near the top of the list. Rather than simply portray Hitler as evil incarnate, Davidson chronicles the tale of an ultimate political animal?crafty, cunning, charming when needed?who isolated his opposition section by section. A high point of the book describes Hitler's skillful manipulation of minority tensions in East-Central Europe, with many useful demographic statistics. Eminently readable for either scholars or laypersons, this is painstakingly researched and includes much recently released information from Soviet archives. There are a few minor factual errors: Soviet General Andrei Vlassov was not captured in the 1941 battle for Kiev but in June 1942 near Volkhov. A more serious criticism regards the title, which is a misnomer. As the vast majority of the text covers Hitler's astonishing diplomatic and military successes, it is a continuation of rather than a sequel to the author's earlier The Making of Adolf Hitler. Illustrations not seen by PW.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

A companion to the author's The Making of Adolf Hitler (LJ 10/15/77), Davidson's latest covers the years from the Nazi seizure of power until the end of World War II, giving by far the greatest amount of attention to the years before 1939. Davidson does not intend a biography here; he focuses almost exclusively on Hitler in his role as Fuhrer in diplomacy and within his entourage of generals and officials. Davidson's narrow focus leads to a curiously bloodless version of Germany during this period; the economic depression and great social and political upheavals that Hitler manipulated so effectively are here muted backdrops to diplomatic maneuvering, which take place without a social context. The author relies on personal narrative such as memoirs and texts of speeches for primary source material but appears to have made little use of basic documents such as the captured Nazi archives. Secondary sources are for the most part older materials. Thus, Davidson's work neither breaks new ground for the specialist nor offers a lively general treatment aimed at the lay reader. Libraries seeking inclusiveness for collections or those owning the author's earlier work will find this a worthwhile but not essential purchase.?Barbara L. Walden, Univ. of Minnesota Libs., Minneapolis
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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