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- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0736642129
- ISBN-13: 978-0736642125
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Lukacs is very set in his ways and often passes off his views as fact. Toland is dismissed - even though his biography is a best seller - as being hard to read. A surprise for anyone who has read Toland's work.
He then tries to link Toland with David Irving, even though they have nothing in common. He also points out that Toland has some bizarre views on Pearl Harbour, and says this indicates an authoritarian bent and that Toland admires Hitler, and so does the infamous Irving. I re-read Toland's work and I found it to be a well written biography of Hitler and I really cannot understand Lukacs' conclusion that he is an admirer.
Fest's work - which he likes far more - is difficult to read and yet receives no such attack. The fact is that Lukacs does not like Toland's work and has thrown every bit of mud that he can at him.
Further he basically ignores the work of Konrad Heiden before the war and the huge debt that Bullock had to the writer in his biography. Yet Bullock is praised for his efforts.
Finally his virtual silence on Bracher is a real fault of the book. Bracher provides a far more cohesive argument for the rise of Hitler than Fest - in my opinion - and he is barely mentioned.
Behind a facade of historical accuracy, Lukacs likes what he likes and is unfair to those he does not.
As historian John Lukacs observes in his often suggestive "The Hitler of History," we have not yet come to the crest of the "Hitler Wave" that German historians first noticed building nearly three decades ago.
Despite Hitler's inescapable presence in our popular consciousness, he remains difficult to pin down. We know everything about him -- except what it all means. In "The Hitler of History," Lukacs attempts to make some sense of the debate. His book is not, as he hastens to point out, "a biography of Hitler, but a history of his history, and a history of his biographers."
In a series of provocative chapters, Lukacs examines a number of key questions surrounding the Nazi leader: Exactly when and where did his ideology first crystallize? Was he a reactionary or a revolutionary? An ideologue or an opportunist? A beloved leader or a despot? Lukacs navigates this difficult historiographical terrain with considerable skill -- though, it must be admitted, he's much better at asking questions than answering them. (Suffice to say that his tentative answers to the above questions resist easy summary.)
Still, there are times when even those who agree with Lukacs will find themselves frustrated by this contentious book.Read more ›
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Arguably, at least one interpretation of this author's study of the historiography of Hitler is that
the histories of Hitler tell us as much about the historians who wrote... Read more
Lukacs writes a balanced view and speaks to how the reception of Hitler histories have changed over the years. Read morePublished 10 months ago by PJ Rellaw
This book, which analyzes how Hitler has been written about through the years, is outstanding. Lukacs is a talented author with a penetrating mind and a keen eye for detail. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John de Angelo
John Lukacs is an engaging writer and definitely opinionated. He himself should agree as he stipulates early on "all words revolve within a moral context". Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Mike B
If you have a Kindle, do not buy this book. I repeat: do not buy this book. I do not know what Amazon did this time, but it is full of flaws in spelling, organization and also in... Read morePublished on May 2, 2011 by Rogério De Souza Farias
Original as always, Lukacs offers a study not of Hitler himself but of how historians have treated Hitler: how they see him and his actions. Read morePublished on August 22, 2009 by Lloyd Smith
I must depend professor Lukacs from a quite few reviews that totally missed the point. At first, this book is not a biography of Hitler,yet biography of Hitler's biographies , e. Read morePublished on June 25, 2008 by Beppo
Listen, if you fancy yourself as knowledgable about WWII, not just an occasional book dilletante or one of those characters who only read books about guns or tanks, you must, I... Read morePublished on October 9, 2006 by S. M. H. Klauber