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Hitler by Ian Kershaw
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Aug 17, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 17 to September 15, 2011

Hitler: Hubris is an indepth and comprehensive look at Hitler up until 1936. However, it does tend to give very little information at the end on 1935-36, probably because it was analysing Hitler and the changes in his disposition and so on, and not the actual Third Reich.

The book argues that it was not because of Hitler's allegedly "remarkable" features that he rose to power in Germany but instead, it was a mixture of luck, deteriorating economic conditions, political radicalisation and help in high places that helped Hitler along his path to power. It's an interesting story that also looks at Hitler's very unremarkable youth and early adulthood.

During the story, we are given a lot of background about Germany at the time to put Hitler into context and I welcome this because all too often pop-history doesn't look at the 'context' behind why things happened and instead, focuses solely on individuals.

This was a quality read. It's long and not always exciting (unless perhaps you are a WWII buff) but it's very insightful and well researched. It's also a book for general consumption and is straight-forward to read because of that.
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Lewis Weinstein Thanks for an excellent review of an excellent book. This is a major historical source for my new novel ... LEW ...

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