- Paperback: 1168 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Paperback. edition (September 17, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393322521
- ISBN-13: 978-0393322521
- ASIN: 0393322521
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Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis Paperback – September 17, 2001
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[M]ore probing, more judicious, more authoritative in its rich detail...more commanding in its mastery of the horrific narrative. -- Milton J. Rosenberg, Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Ian Kershaw is a professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield and the author of numerous works of history, including Hitler: A Biography, Fateful Choices and Hitler, the Germans, and the Final Solution. He lives in Manchester, England.
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Besides being strictly speaking a biography of Hitler, these two volumes make up another version of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich--that is, there is a wealth of detail about political, social, and military history. This detail can be overwhelming--keeping track of just the military leaders involved in the war is mind-boggling, since so many fell in and out of Hitler's favor over the years. There is a glossary of much-used abbreviations (SA, SS, SD, SPD, etc, etc) which is very helpful; I wish there had been something like a personnel list as well, since the cast of characters is enormous. There are a fair number of maps, but when it came to all the military maneuvering, I could have used much more help. Still, I can't recommend highly enough these two volumes to anyone curious about Hitler and his regime.
Footnote: In 2008 Kershaw abridged his 2-volume work into a shorter one (only 1072 pages!) called HITLER: A BIOGRAPHY. In September he published THE END: THE DEFIANCE AND DESTRUCTION OF HITLER'S GERMANY, 1944-1945, which I am tempted to buy, though it's hard to imagine what can be added to that subject that wasn't covered in NEMESIS.
* it is brilliantly written
* it had access to diaries previously unavailable
* it provides perspective regarding the significance of events - Dunkirk was strategically much more important than I otherwise knew - the Battle of Britain less so - the Russian campaign seminally important
* it provides strategic analysis
* it provides vivid detail - a local enthusiast in Lithuania clubbed to death 50 Jews in 45 minutes then hopped up on to the pile of corpses and played his accordian (p.464)
* it reminds us of events such as Babi-Yar where 33,771 (mainly)women and children were butchered
* it shows why Hitler did not destroy Athens
* it shows how Stalin's deportation East of one million German-Volgas helped to galvanize action regarding the final solution.