Hitler by Ian Kershaw
1936-1945 Nemesis

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The climax and conclusion of one of the definitive biographies of our time. In this riveting account, drawing on many previously untapped sources--including Joseph Goebbel's diaries, recently discovered in Moscow--and incorporating numerous contemporaneous accounts of Nazi Germany, Ian Kershaw reveals a leader fanatically, ruinously convinced that he alone has the genius to conduct a war while his henchmen maintain the totalitarian state created in his name. As Nemesis opens, Adolf Hitler has achieved absolute power within Germany and triumphed in his first challenge to the European powers. Idolized by large segments of the population and firmly supported by four pillars of the Nazi regime--the Party, the armed forces, the industrial cartels, and the civil service--Hitler is poised to subjugate Europe. Nine years later, his vaunted war machine destroyed, Allied forces sweeping across Germany, Hitler will end his life with a pistol shot to his head. Kershaw's Hitler will be the final word on the most demonic figure of the twentieth century.
 

About Ian Kershaw

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Ian Kershaw is professor of modern history at the University of Sheffield.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Norton. 832 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Kershaw writes—and few would argue—that “the First World War made Hitler possible,” but goes on to argue against the interpretation that Hitler was somehow the logical outcome of German history’s “special path.” Kershaw’s Hitler is no —psychopathic god— but deeply rooted in the history and vultur...

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Kershaw gives appropriate attention to the Holocaust and reminds us, once again, of the unthinkable horrors of the 20th century’s “defining episode.” He also describes the war’s significant battles and brings to life with the power of his style the creepy cabal of criminals who surrounded Hitler ...

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Hitler 1936-45: Nemesis Ian Kershaw Allen-Lane £25, pp1,168 Buy it at BOL More than a political phenomenon, Hitler is a psychological and moral enigma.

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Londonderry regarded the Nazi regime as foul and suitable only for foreigners, but he did believe that Hitler had genuine grievances and should be reasoned with, not excluded.

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But Kershaw has given it the full narrative treatment, taking us from the aftermath of the failed bomb plot of 20 July 1944 through the German counterattack in the Ardennes, the collapse of the eastern front and the siege of Berlin, to the final scenes in the bunker and the surrender of Germany i...

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Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonderry and Britain's Road to War by Ian Kershaw 476 pp, Allen Lane, £20 Charles Stewart Henry Vane-Tempest-Stewart, seventh Marquess of Londonderry, was the sort of grandee who makes you wonder why there was no British revolution.

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Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis Ian Kershaw 1,152pp, Allen Lane £25 Buy it at BOL Ian Kershaw was a medievalist who, nearly 30 years ago, turned his interests to the history of the Third Reich.

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Publishers Weekly

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We surely need books like Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners that examine German society as a whole in an effort to understand how Hitler came to power and held it for so long.

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The Telegraph

The subject is doubly important because so many people in the last doomed months were killed to so little purpose: concentration-camp prisoners on aimless death marches, German civilians under Allied bombing, Red Army soldiers in the last desperate battles from the Vistula to the Spree, ...

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Tampa Bay Times

The average intelligent reader will find it easily accessible, and Kershaw propels Hitler from birth to suicide with a skill and narrative urgency that belie the book's thousand pages.

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London Review of Books

Four year later came ‘The Hitler Myth’: Image and Reality in the Third Reich, a masterpiece best described as a Hitler reception study, followed by a trenchant survey of The Nazi Dictatorship in which he placed himself in the camp of the ‘structuralists’.

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Project MUSE

Kershaw's first major contribution, Der Hitler Mythos (1980, later published in English as the Hitler Myth), grew out of participation in this project and was soon followed by Popular Opinion and...

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Furthermore, while Hitler 'authorised more than initiated' (p.354) the measures in the Soviet Union which led to the transition to systematic extermination, Kershaw emphasises that the 'Final Solution' emerged in an environment in which Heydrich, Himmler, Görin...

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‘Persistenc e’ argued Hitler, ‘is the first and most important requirement for success.’ Although Kershaw tantalisingly refers to Hitler as the ‘most talented demagogue of his day’, he also writes of his opportunism.

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