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Hitler's Vienna: A Dictator's Apprenticeship

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Hitler's Vienna explores the critical, formative years that the young Adolf Hitler spent in Vienna. It is both a cultural and political portrait of the Austrian capital and a biography of Hitler during his years there, from 1906 to 1913. Hitler's was not the modern, artistic "fin-de-siecle Vienna" we associate with Freud, Mahler, and Wittgenstein. Instead, it was a cauldro ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published November 9th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published September 1st 1998)
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Kathy
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Vikas Lather
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful and scholarly, a must read.
T.P. Williams
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 08, 2008 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
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent description of pre-war Vienna. Hamann's functionalist thesis destroys the internationalist approach. Mommsen writes an excellent foreword as well.
Paco Crespo
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soberbio, inmejorable.
Geoffrey
Stunningly useful book for those who want to figure out where Hitler came from. Well written and a mine of information.
Rosa Rose
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book. It helps you to understand a lot about crazy Adolf. Seriously!
Herr
Oct 25, 2011 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A surprisingly good book. I find myself recommending it often to folks interested in 20th century European history.
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