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Hitler's Vienna: A Dictator's Apprenticeship

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Hitler's Vienna explores the critical years that the young Adolf Hitler spent in Vienna, the city that in so many ways furnished the future dictator's education. It is both a cultural and political portrait of the Austrian capital and a biography of Hitler during his years there, from 1906 until his departure for Munich in 1913 at the age of twenty-four. Hitler's was not t ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published March 25th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 1st 1998)
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Vikas Lather
Jul 23, 2016 Vikas Lather rated it really liked it
Beautiful and scholarly, a must read.
Kathy
Aug 04, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This book has done so much for me. Wonderfully well-written, amazing research and does the best job at making the time period and Hitler's influences understandable. You see how so much of his ideology wasn't really his own, but just an heap of collected bits from here and there, which in turn makes him seem less like a monster from the get-go but more like a twisted and disoriented young man at the time. (And terribly afraid of any actual work.) I wish there was a follow-up about his years in M ...more
T.P. Williams
Jan 14, 2013 T.P. Williams rated it really liked it
Very good book, but more for academic than general readers. What I didn't like - the author spend too much time writing about turn of the century Viennese politicians, most of whom were minor. While I understood the point - to show the sources of certain of Hitler's techniques, I felt the author got bogged down to often on minutiae. There were annoying typos in the book, also - when a German book title was translated in to English, only the first word of the English translation was capitalized, ...more
Elfie
Apr 19, 2008 Elfie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw on Amazon that the book also exists in English, "Hitler's Vienna, A Dictator's Apprenticeship".

I would recommend it for two reasons:

1) The in-depth analysis of Vienna at the time of Hitler's arrival and stay from 1908 to 1913. He originally moved there in the hope to be accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts, but he was refused twice, mainly because he had dropped out of school at the age of 16 (he was lazy) and, therefore, had not passed the exams (rather like the SAT, I think) a standard r
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Kyle Thompson
Jun 06, 2012 Kyle Thompson rated it liked it
This was a good, informative book about Hitler's birth, up and until the time he left Vienna to go to Munich; so it covers from 1889- ~1914. Brigitte Hamann definitely researched this book quite thoroughly, as you can see from her cited notes in the back of the book. What I liked about this book is that it dispelled a lot of rumors/myths about Hitler that have been circulating for years e.g. that he had Jewish ancestry, that he didn't get accepted to art school because of Jewish professors, and ...more
Tim
Feb 16, 2009 Tim rated it really liked it
I read this book when I studied in Vienna in Fall 2001. It describes the art, political, and religious movements in Vienna before World War II. By learning about Vienna, one begins to learn more about the early years of an aspiring Adolf Hitler. The book succeeds in humanizing Hitler, putting him in a context that I knew too well (the streets and Opera Houses of Vienna), and drawing some basic conclusions. Excellent read.
Phillip Tigue
Apr 08, 2013 Phillip Tigue rated it it was amazing
Excellent description of pre-war Vienna. Hamann's functionalist thesis destroys the internationalist approach. Mommsen writes an excellent foreword as well.
Geoffrey
Stunningly useful book for those who want to figure out where Hitler came from. Well written and a mine of information.
Herr
Oct 28, 2014 Herr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wealth of footnotes, a german author, about a little known period of the tyrant's life. Looking forward to perusing
Julie
Jan 15, 2009 Julie rated it really liked it
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A surprisingly good book. I find myself recommending it often to folks interested in 20th century European history.
Rosa Rose
Jan 28, 2013 Rosa Rose rated it it was amazing
A great book. It helps you to understand a lot about crazy Adolf. Seriously!
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Soberbio, inmejorable.
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