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Hitler: A Study in Tyranny

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,122 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
The classic biography of Hitler that remains, years after its publication, one of the most authoritative and readable accounts of his life. Here in an abridged edition.
Paperback, Abridged, 512 pages
Published June 5th 1991 by Harper Perennial (first published 1952)
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Michael Anderson
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history-world
This book was recommended by a well-respected author focused on the period when Hitler came to power. I bought the book because I study human behavior in political systems and the rise of Nazi Germany is a classic example. Its easy to criticize the German people for their decision to elect Nazis to power but the real story is much more complex. The winds of the time (aftermath of World War I, economic depression) along with the state of politics and mass psychology are the real factors that allo ...more
Armin Hennig
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Faktisch in zahlreichen Details überholte Darstellung, die aber immer noch ihre sprachlichen Meriten hat und deshalb ein gewisses Lesevergnügen bietet.

Keine Frage, Bullock hat die erste Biographie Hitlers nach dem Ableben des Führers geschrieben und 1952 veröffentlicht, bzw. 1962 überarbeitet. Mein Auflage von 1971 ist diese überarbeitete Version.
Die ersten zwanzig Jahre wäre alles andere als eine Fünfsterne-Bewertung eine Frechheit für diese Leistung gewesen, ab
Till maybe 8 years ago my knowledge about Hitler was minimal. I knew Hitler was probably one of the greatest antagonists of the post medieval world. Why? Because he was responsible for the second world war and killing of approximately 6 million Jews. How did he do that? No idea. Then i happened to watch ‘der untergang’ the German movie on the last days of Hitler. The depiction of the last days of Hitler's life and the splendid performance of Bruno Ganz just blew me over. The movie to a certain e ...more
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: German historiographers, Third Reich scholars, the Greatest Generation
Recommended to Michael by: serendipity
This was the very first complete biography of Hitler to be printed after his death, and it remains widely available in bookstores 60 years after it first appeared. My edition was revised slightly in 1958, but it on the whole it reflects the early post-war era and trends in understanding National Socialism from that time. As such, it may be of more value in studying attitudes and ideas of people in the victorious Western powers than in studying its subject. Hitler has been the subject of many bio ...more
Ira Therebel
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very good book on the topic. Hitler is definitely a fascinating historic figure and the events surrounding the Nazi time in Germany are very interesting. That doesn't mean I like him or what he did. At the same I don't like books that just portray Hitler as a monster, no matter how disgusting his actions were. By doing so people often give themselves the idea that this could never happen again because Hitler was so different from other people, which unfortunately isn't a reality. If we compare ...more
Helen Francini
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding, exhaustively thorough recounting of the most famous life-that-never-should-have-been-lived of the 20th century. (I read the full length version, not the abridged.)

Especially intriguing is that Hitler's genius in speech-making, and therefore crowd control, lay in his ability to discern the mood of a crowd and reflect that back to that crowd. Clearly, he could not have become what he became without the approval of (too many of) the German population, at least at first. Of course, b
Patrick Murtha
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnificent, essential book. Do not opt for the abridgement; do the deep dive.
Katherine Addison
This is an excellent biography. Inevitably, the fact that it was written nearly fifty years ago shows--more scholarship has been done and some of Bullock's ancillary facts are wrong (e.g., in 1941, the Russians were not better equipped and better fed than the Germans (Ivan's War); Albert Speer's "economic miracle" was almost entirely the work of the man he replaced (The Wages of Destruction); and so on)--but does not detract from Bullock's accomplishment in describing and analyzing Hitler's care ...more
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now and I've finally this month plucked up the courage to tackle it! Setting myself challenging but achievable reading targets...I ended up smashing them! The last 400 pages I got through in four days and that is no mean feat for a serious work of history like this one. I of course take no credit for the speed of reading, rather I can only commend Alan Bullock for writing an account of a truly terrible time in such a readable way.
I was
John Blair
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
While watching and listening to The Great Courses "A History of Hitler's Empire, 2nd Edition" by Professor Thomas Childers, I decided to read some of the books listed in his Bibliography. Here's what he wrote about "Hitler: A Study in Tyranny": "Although dated in some ways, Bullock's well-written and pioneering biography of Hitler remains one of the best one-volume attempts to capture Hitler and his times." The cover of the book shows a squib by W. L. Shirer: "Will long remain, I believe, the d ...more
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