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Hitler: A Biography {abridged} by Ian Kershaw


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Sir Ian Kershaw, the premier biographer of Hitler, wrote a rather compelling biography of Hitler, stretched into two volumes, Hubris and Nemesis. This edition is a single, edited, version of those two books, short about 650 pages (approximately 300,000 words). However as Kershaw states in the introduction, the deleted parts are mainly details about the setting of the times, and seemingly doesn't detract from the overall biography.

That said, the book itself covers his life, from birth to death, and looks at how he formed his views. While detailed, it is also proves to be very easy to read, and rather straightforward. There is not much information about the many different characters involved in the life of Hitler and while there are indeed many, they are easy to keep track of, and not a distraction. It would be hard to find a less thorough biography of one of the most complex individuals to ever live, and almost necessary reading for anybody interested in the story of Hitler. ( )
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Interesante pero saltea algunos aspectos para dedicarse a lo más domestico como por ejemplo guerra española o las olimpíadas ( )
  gneoflavio | Jan 15, 2012 |
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One-volume abridgement of Kershaw's biography. Please don't combine with either part, or complete editions!
Contains the following chapters: Fantasy and failure --
Drop-out --
Elation and embitterment --
The beerhall agitator --
The 'drummer' --
Emergence of the leader --
Mastery over the movement --
Breakthrough --
Levered into power --
The making of the dictator --
Securing total power --
Working towards the Führer --
Ceaseless radicalization --
The drive for expansion --
Marks of a genocidal mentality --
Going for broke --
Licensing barbarism --
Zenith of power --
Designing a 'war of annihilation' --
Showdown --
Fulfilling the 'prophecy' --
Last big throw of the dice --
Beleaguered --
Hoping for miracles --
Luck of the devil --
No way out --
Into the abyss --
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393067572, Hardcover)

Finally, the one-volume edition of Ian Kershaw's definitive and masterful biography of Hitler.

"The Hitler biography of the twenty-first century" (Richard J. Evans), Ian Kershaw's Hitler is a new, distilled, one-volume masterpiece that will become the standard work. From Hitler's origins as a failed artist in fin-de-siècle Vienna to the terrifying last days in his Berlin bunker, Kershaw's richly illustrated biography is a mesmerizing portrait of how Hitler attained, exercised, and retained power. Drawing on previously untapped sources, such as Goebbels's diaries, Kershaw addresses crucial questions about the unique nature of Nazi radicalism, about the Holocaust, and about the poisoned European world that allowed Hitler to operate so effectively.
151 photographs; 8 maps

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A single-volume edition of a classic biographical work traces Hitler's life and addresses key questions about the nature of Nazi radicalism, the Holocaust, and the factors that enabled European society to permit his atrocities.

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W.W. Norton

2 editions of this book were published by W.W. Norton.

Editions: 0393067572, 0393337618

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