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Hitler: A Biography

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Well written and thoughtful

I disagree with some of the reviewers who complain about the length of sentences in the book. The author wrote, I presume, for an audience who appreciated compound thoughts being expressed as a whole. Really, if one has not been educated above the KISS ( keep it simple...
I disagree with some of the reviewers who complain about the length of sentences in the book. The author wrote, I presume, for an audience who appreciated compound thoughts being expressed as a whole. Really, if one has not been educated above the KISS ( keep it simple stupid) level then this book is not for you. If, however, you enjoy good English language usage then you will be delighted with this book.

posted by NYMuseum on October 30, 2011

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Not Unabridged!!!!!

Not apparant to the unsuspecting buyer of this version at time of purchase, none of the images contained in the print version are included "owing to permissive issues." Shouldn't there be a disclaimer somewhere about this on the page describing the book so the buyer kn...
Not apparant to the unsuspecting buyer of this version at time of purchase, none of the images contained in the print version are included "owing to permissive issues." Shouldn't there be a disclaimer somewhere about this on the page describing the book so the buyer knows in advance of making a purchase? Feels like bait and switch B&N.......

posted by ikoiko on October 2, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Well written and thoughtful

    I disagree with some of the reviewers who complain about the length of sentences in the book. The author wrote, I presume, for an audience who appreciated compound thoughts being expressed as a whole. Really, if one has not been educated above the KISS ( keep it simple stupid) level then this book is not for you. If, however, you enjoy good English language usage then you will be delighted with this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2008

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    THE PRINCIPAL BIOGRAPHY ON THE NAZI DICTATOR

    MR KERSHAW WROTE THE MAIN AND MOST IMPORTANT BIO ON HITLER THUS FAR . HE EXPLAINS IN VOULME ONE THE RISE OF HITLER AND THE BEGINNING OF NAZIISM. A MUST READ.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2009

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    one of the most extraordinary biographies i have ever read.

    ian kershaw has created a biographical masterpiece, he has captured the tone of the evil dictators regime with amazing detail, including some pretty detailed pictures that reveal the overall brutality of the nazis rule. though the book is extremely long every page is as fascinating as the next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2003

    Brilliant Biography Of Hitler At His Zenith Of Power!

    Most simply put, this, the second of two superb books by British historian Ian Kershaw on Hitler's life and times, quite successfully draws the reader closer to an understanding of this historically enigmatic and often bizarre human being who so changed the world of the 20th century. Although there are a myriad of such books that have appeared in the half-century since Hitler's demise in the dust and rubble of Berlin, this particular effort, which draws from hundreds of secondary sources, many of which have never before been cited, paints an authentic and masterful portrait of Hitler as an individual. This is an absolutely singular historical work; and it will almost come to occupy a central place on the shelves of serious World War Two historians. Most fascinating for me is the way in which Kershaw grows an incredibly fertile appreciation for Hitler's personal characteristics into a sophisticated appreciation for what unfolded historically. A good example is his fetish for secrecy, which left both Hitler himself and those around him incredibly poorly informed of many of the details of what their policies were doing to the society around them. Author Ian Kershaw takes a quite different and novel approach, and it is one I enjoyed. Here, by carefully locating and fixing the individual in the context and welter of his times, it yields a much more enlightening approach toward painting a meaningful comprehensive picture of how this criminally twisted psychopath became such a fatefully placed politician and leader of post-World War One Germany. Thus, in Volume One we saw the boy grow and change in whatever fashion into a man, tracing the rise of this troubled malcontent from the anonymity of Viennese shelters to a fiery and meteoric rise into politics, culminating in his ascent to rule Germany. Kershaw memorably recreates the social, economic, and political circumstances that bent and twisted Hitler so fatefully for the history of the world. In this volume, Kershaw concentrates masterfully on how this single human being then fatefully pushes Nazi Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world into the most horrific bloodbath in modern history. Hitler was, in Kershaw's estimation, a man most representative of his times, reflecting a widespread disaffection with democratic politics, steeped in the virulent anti-Semitism of his Viennese environment, twisted and experienced in the cruelties and absurdities of the First World War, thrust by circumstance and disposition into the sectarian, dyspeptic, and rough & tumble politics of the 1920s, and rising by finding himself the most unlikely of politicians with an unusual ability to orate and emote. It is also interesting to discover that Hitler had an unusually acute (though uneven) intellect, is rumored to have possessed a 'photographic memory', and was said to have an amazing ability to discuss and quote facts and figures and then subsequently casually weave them into a conversation that witnesses found spellbinding and convincing. He was also unquestionably quite charismatic and charming. Kershaw argues masterfully that it is impossible to understand 'why' Hitler without understanding this extremely toxic and strange combination of social, economic, and cultural factors that characterized Germany. Thus, as Hitler begins his ineluctable rise to power, we better appreciate how and why such a seemingly unlikely cast of characters as the Nazis succeeded so wildly beyond what one would expect to be possible in a sane and sophisticated modern industrial state. This is fascinating stuff, as is his treatment of the concomitant rise of the slugs, thugs, and under-life accompanying him into the corridors of power and influence. Here is the world's greatest single collection of otherwise underachieving bullies, fanatics, pseudo-intellectuals, and fellow travelers, who clashed into an uneasy coalescence that formed the nucleus of the single greatest force for collective evil seen in the modern

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2001

    Part 2 better than Part 1

    Although Hitler: Hubris was a scintilating story,with NEMESIS Mr. Kershaw has given us a biography that is perfect in every detail. Hitler's behavior has always been hard to understand in many ways.He traversed a twisting path in his attempt to remove the humiliation of WWI.As Mr. Kershaw deftly explains Hitler's manuvering for the Sudetenland and the Austrain annexation he also probes the Hitlerian mind to elucidate Hitler's problematic behavior. Why commence Operation Barbarrosa? Why not face reality in the Battle of Stalingrad? How was the final solution final in Hitler's mind? Mr. Kershaw also does a masterful job with Goebbels, Goring,Himmler, Heydrich and von Ribbentrop. Without question, the definitive biopgraphy of Hitler and the Nazi party that all will look to for the next hundred years.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Hitler the reaon i admire him but also hate him

    I admire hitler becaus he had a goal which he decided to follow which was take over all of europe and most likely the world while eradicating Jews now the killing of Jews was terriable but that not why i hate him i hate him because he killed himself like some coward so my new role model is..STALIN ALL HAIL STALIN (communist leader of Russia.) Stalin rules.-&starf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2014

    To below

    It was no mental disorder. It was the depression and inflation of Germany's currency system and banks during World War II plus the fact that 97% of the bankers in the 1940s were Jewish. He had his reasons... and I do accept Nazism. Not Hitlerist Nazism, but Nazism itself.

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  • Posted December 4, 2008

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    an unforgettable work

    book two on the life of the german dictator. the main biography on hitler thus far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2000

    Good book

    Good book. Good plot.Loved it, want to read it again.

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