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Hitler The Ascent 1889 1939 by Volker Ullrich is a 2016 Knopf publication Obviously, this is not the type of book I typically read My husband and son read books, watch documentaries, and movies about world war two all the time, and I always find something else to do While I do enjoy reading about history, this period of history and the topic of war is just not my thing Hitler is a person I prefer not to think about and I certainly don t like the images that war conjures up So, why did I Hitler The Ascent 1889 1939 by Volker Ullrich is a 2016 Knopf publication Obviously, this is not the type of book I typically read My husband and son read books, watch documentaries, and movies about world war two all the time, and I always find something else to do While I do enjoy reading about history, this period of history and the topic of war is just not my thing Hitler is a person I prefer not to think about and I certainly don t like the images that war conjures up So, why did I check out this book The main reason I decided to read this book is that the focus is on Hitler s rise and not his reign How did he manage to draw in so many people Become so charismatic How did his movement get started and was he always such a tyrant What about his childhood, his family Did he have any human qualities Issues Any time Hitler s name is mentioned I have wondered what made him the kind of person he was and if his background was an indicator of the man he would become The author immediately stresses that this book is not an attempt to humanize or normalize, Hitler, or to create a softer image of of the man, but to deconstruct the mythology of him As I have said, I never read one thing about Hitler, except in school, which was a long time ago, so I can t compare this book with any other books written about him, which there are many But, this one did give me a clearer picture of Hitler the man as opposed to Hitler the dictator monster This book does cover a vast period of time and is very lengthy, and also contains a large section of notes There were periods where the discussion of Hitler s experiences in the first world war, strategies and such, for example, were extremely dull and dry for someone like me, but, the picture drawn of the man, shows exactly how closeminded he was, exposes his sick perversions, his sociopathy, and revealed him to be a charlatan, almost like a master of disguise.This book, which is very, very detailed, and is slow going if you aren t an expert on the subject as there are many situations and names I was not familiar with Still, I do have a much better idea of man, the climate in Germany that helped get his movement off the ground and how he managed to rise to power For me this book gave me answers to many of the questions I ve had about Hitler, about how and why he got became the vile monster he did, almost like a character study , but is also an insightful piece of history which could also serve as a word of caution After reading a few other reviews, it is obvious I m a little out of my depth here, my knowledge is slim on this subject, and I m not exactly the audience the book was written for But, I did manage to get through the book, a little at a time and it was certainly informative The author is obviously very knowledgeable about his subject, and the book has been well researched I don t see myself looking forinformation on Hitler, as this book was difficult enough to digest, but for those looking for ain depth look at the man behind the myth, this book is the one you need 4 stars Hitler Demystified Most people today think that they know a lot about Hitler, that anybooks about him are a waste of time and add nothing This book on Hitler is the Volker Ullrich s first volume on Hitler, that demystifies some of the legends that have grown around him, examines how this Austrian came to lead Germany, rebuild confidence in the country and build a cult around himself.In my opinion this magisterial volume builds and compliments the work of Sir Ian Kershaw and Ullrich al Hitler Demystified Most people today think that they know a lot about Hitler, that anybooks about him are a waste of time and add nothing This book on Hitler is the Volker Ullrich s first volume on Hitler, that demystifies some of the legends that have grown around him, examines how this Austrian came to lead Germany, rebuild confidence in the country and build a cult around himself.In my opinion this magisterial volume builds and compliments the work of Sir Ian Kershaw and Ullrich also admits as much in his introduction to this 760 paged volume Ullrich has also been able to use the few sources that have become available since the publication of Kershaw s two volumes, as well as re reading all existing research sources.My Great grandfather was born in Lwow Lemberg in 1889, part of Polish Galicia that was then under Austrian control, the same year Hitler was born in Austria itself Both fought in the First World War technically on the same side, but like most Poles it was with no great love for Austrian it was because they were forced to defend Polish Galicia from the Russians In 1918 my Great Grandfather was celebrating the end of the war and the rebirth of Poland that had escaped the clutches of Austria Whereas Hitler was in Germany licking his wounds like many Germans, blaming the leadership of Germany for selling them out These events would affect both differently, but one went on to reap his revenge on Poland amongst others.Ullrich as well as building on what Kershaw told the world about Hitler, he takes a look at Hitler the man and attempts to give us a forensic account of the person up to 1939 It has always been a mystery to many how Hitler was able to mesmerise the German people and take over the instruments of power with little to no resistance What we do learn is that Hitler was the ultimate salesman who could sell dreams to people who needed something they could hold on to What is interesting is how lazy Hitler actually was, how after his walk at the Berghof with his entourage, he would be driven back while everyone else was made to walk He could not drive, nor swim and with his love of the alps could not ski Most books on Hitler try to paint the man as having hidden depths, this book shatters that image completely What Hitler did understand, the need to control the narrative, the overarching message you want to expand and make people believe This is very much the concept of the modern politician and public relations consultant, he who owns the narrative controls the story the public will receive Something that Ullrich does discuss is the love life Hitler had, such as it was, and that he was attracted to teenagers, and that led to the suicide of his own 17 year old niece It does come across that it was quite complicated and not what the public perceived.There are many interesting chapters in this volume that cover many topics from the early life of Hitler, through the War and Versailles, to the failed putsch and on to writing Mein Kampf We are also told that Hitler s antisemitism that developed was different to his actual interactions with Jews.This is one of the most important books on Hitler that has ever been published especially as this starts to peel away the mask of Hitler the man rather than the Hitler the projected leader This is an excellent volume that gets under Hitler s skin, makes us see the man as a charlatan who happened to be lazy, shallow, attracted to teenage girls rather than women his age and very narrow minded.This is an excellent volume that all students of German History should be required to read and absorb Ullrich has been able to approach the subject with sensitivity as well as honesty and paints the picture that succeeds in breaking down the myths that have built up around Hitler the person When I see leading historians of 1930 s Germany being asked if the Nazis and the Trump administration have anything in common I used to expect them to chuckle politely, quote Godwin s Law and tell us how different 21st century America is from pre WW2 Europe Sad to say, but this is not what they do.Well before Trump expressed his sympathy for the good people attending the neo Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Richard J Evans was writing about how the Trump administration was Too Close for Com When I see leading historians of 1930 s Germany being asked if the Nazis and the Trump administration have anything in common I used to expect them to chuckle politely, quote Godwin s Law and tell us how different 21st century America is from pre WW2 Europe Sad to say, but this is not what they do.Well before Trump expressed his sympathy for the good people attending the neo Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Richard J Evans was writing about how the Trump administration was Too Close for Comfort to the Nazis Timothy Snyder made the comparison evenexplicit talking about Trump s November election and, for good luck, compared the GOP to the incompetent German conservatives who tried to control Hitler s rise.With Evan s and Snyder s words in mind, where better place to try and discern the similarities and differences between Hitler and the 45th President of the United States than in the pages of a recent, comprehensive and critically praised biography of Hitler So after finishing this thousand plus page book, what have I found To begin with, making a comparison between Hitler and Trump is not as easy as I expected This is not because of a lack of points in common but because there are so many One begins to wonder whether the exercise isof a psychological illusion Might I be seeing Hitlerian traits in Trump in the same way people see themselves in the vague generalities about one s personality that come from the cleverer type of fortune teller Let s take a closer look at the facts, starting with a few of thetrivial points of comparison between the two dictators and then moving on to the core of the matter.Neither Trump nor Hitler lack self belief Is such belief justified We find in Trump one of the best known examples of the Dunning Kruger effect but in Hitler s case one cannot be so sure Hitler was good at school, but lazy Talking about the class photo The 10 year old Hitler occupies the middle of the top row with his arms crossed and his face slightly overexposed in a pose of demonstrative superiority The young boy was obviously not plagued by self doubt Hitler had and Trump still has obsessions with personal hygiene, diet and physical health Where Hitler was a vegetarian Trump s first choice is always meat overdone steak with ketchup or a McDonalds Not much in common there you may think at first glance, but Hitler became a vegetarian because he believed he would die young and was trying to reduce his cancer risk Trump believes his vital energies will be exhausted if he does too much exercise over his lifetime Donald Trump Thinks Exercise Makes you Die Young , hence the USD137,000 spent to date by the US taxpayer for golf carts for the Secret Service All that walking is bad for your health The young man, who according to Kubizek had always dressed properly and was extremely conscious of hygiene But as soon as we find a commonality an obsession with personal hygiene and health Trump hates to touch people because of the germs we find a contradiction again Hitler fought bravely in WW I but had a troubling attitude towards women Trump also participated in a little known war, fighting his own personal Vietnam which involved Trump heroically avoiding contracting venereal disease Paying prostitutes to initiate him into the ways of love, as was common among men of his age from middle class backgrounds, was out of the question for Hitler according to Kubizek, he was terrified of contracting syphilis I could go on with a host of other traits that Trump and Hitler share in common the violent fits of temper, the contempt towards perceived inferiors, the racism, the reluctance to drink alcohol and the rest of it Instead let s take a closer look at the one place where Trump and Hitler really are inseparable, where they are as tight as a Senator and his Super PAC, and that is in the relation of both of them to objective truth Seventeen years after the fall of the Third Reich, in his memoirs the former Finance Minister Lutz Schwerin von Krosigk identified bottomless mendacity as Hitler s primary personal characteristic He wasn t even honest towards his most intimate confidants , Krosigk recalled In my opinion, he was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truthThere were big Nazi lies Hitler knowingly portrayed himself as a peace maker during the period of re armament while Germany was still vulnerable to a pre emptive attack, he lied about the Anschluss, he lied at the Munich conference There were, and still are, big Trump lies everyone will have cheap healthcare, tax cuts will benefit the middle class, parts of Europe are under Sharia law and so on There were fewer small Nazi lies they tended to lie big but the list of small Trump lies is never ending, tedious and petty Just in the last week we haveThe Failing nytimes set Liddle Bob Corker up , The Trip by VP Pence was long planned , Senator Bob Corker begged me to endorse him , The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with raceA difference between Hitler s lies and Trump s lies is that those of Hitler had a clear and unchanging purpose the promotion of the German Volk, Lebensraum and the destruction of the Jewish race Trumps lies also have a purpose but one of an entirely different nature the promotion of Donald Trump and the feeding of his narcissistic ego for the brief moment the lie is uttered.What this mendacity has in common for both Trump and Hitler is that it pays no regard to its human cost Hitler was prepared to lie and so bring about the deaths of millions for his vision of the German nation Trump seems equally prepared to lie brazenly and recklessly and bring about the death of millions, in Trump s case indirectly by depriving them of healthcare or directly by doing his best to start a war Unlike Hitler, Trump s mendacity is only intended to boost his ratings and nothing.So it is lies that define both Trump and Hitler better than any other single trait How about their followers The people that surrounded Hitler were motivated by a personal lust for money and power at any cost Their greed stood behind state sanctioned murder, theft, invasion and war with no regard to the lives of the people of Germany, Europe or the world Hitler provided the drive, intelligence undoubtedly Hitler was both cunning and intelligent and obscene vision to carry him and his cronies to levels of wealth and power they never imagined they could reach.The people that surround Trump are very much the same as the class of people that surrounded Hitler greedy liars with no moral compass putting their own bizarre ideologies above the common good DeVos, Pence or doing the bidding of others for money no matter the damage to the majority Pruitt.The problem that Trump s followers have is that, unlike Hitler, Trump lacks the intelligence or skill to move their agendas forward In contrast to Hitler, Trump makes no real effort to direct any policy matters except to the extent that they might, by coincidence, look good on Fox News that day Trump leaves all the work of running a government to his followers In Trump what we have today is the very 21st century phenomenon of fascism by delegation, fascism sub contracted and fascism outsourced.A comparison between Trump and Hitler is not so straightforward There are certainly some rare personality traits they share that I am sure are shared by other authoritarian personalities mendacity, narcissism, self obsessiongenerally However besides mendacity there is another thing about their historical situation that they have also common, perhaps the most important commonality of them all but also one of the easiest to overlook What was true for Hitler in relation to Germany in 1933 remains entirely true in relation to Trump and America s situation today Hitler s path to power was anything but inevitable in January 1933, it would have been eminently possible to prevent his nomination as Reich chancellor Trump remaining President or, God forbid, his re election in 2020 is also not inevitable if only those in a position to do so had the courage to act Thanks to a NYT review of this book by Michiko Kakutani that actually came out before Trump was elected we have the following bullet points to sum up Hitler as presented in Volker Ullrich s biography..Seriously who does this remind us of in every detail Hitler was often described as an egomaniac who only loved himself a narcissist with a taste for self dramatization and a characteristic fondness for superlatives His manic speeches and penchant for taking all or nothing risks raised qu Thanks to a NYT review of this book by Michiko Kakutani that actually came out before Trump was elected we have the following bullet points to sum up Hitler as presented in Volker Ullrich s biography..Seriously who does this remind us of in every detail Hitler was often described as an egomaniac who only loved himself a narcissist with a taste for self dramatization and a characteristic fondness for superlatives His manic speeches and penchant for taking all or nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self control, even his sanity The author underscores Hitler s shrewdness as a politician with a keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of other people and an ability to instantaneously analyze and exploit situations Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a bottomless mendacity that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology radio, gramophone records, film to spread his message A former finance minister wrote that Hitler was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth and editors of one edition of Mein Kampf described it as a swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half truths and real facts Hitler was an effective orator and actor, adept at assuming various masks and feeding off the energy of his audiences Although he concealed his anti Semitism beneath a mask of moderation when trying to win the support of the socially liberal middle classes, he specialized in big, theatrical rallies staged with spectacular elements borrowed from the circus Hitler adapted the content of his speeches to suit the tastes of his lower middle class, nationalist conservative, ethnic chauvinist and anti Semitic listeners The speeches were full of coarse phrases and put downs of hecklers Even as he fomented chaos by playing to crowds fears and resentments, he offered himself as the visionary leader who could restore law and order Hitler increasingly presented himself in messianic terms, promising to lead Germany to a new era of national greatness, though he was typically vague about his actual plans He often harked back to a golden age for the country to paint the present day in hues that were all the darker Everywhere you looked now, there was only decline and decay Hitler s repertoire of topics was limited, and reading his speeches in retrospect, it seems amazing that he attracted larger and larger audiences with repeated mantralike phrases consisting largely of accusations, vows of revenge and promises for the future But Hitler virtually wrote the modern playbook on demagoguery, arguing in Mein Kampf that propaganda must appeal to the emotions not the reasoning powers of the crowd Its purely intellectual level, Hitler said, will have to be that of the lowest mental common denominator among the public it is desired to reach Because the understanding of the masses is feeble, he went on, effective propaganda needed to be boiled down to a few slogans that should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward Hitler s rise was not inevitable There were numerous points at which his ascent might have been derailed, the author contends even as late as January 1933, it would have been eminently possible to prevent his nomination as Reich chancellor He benefited from a constellation of crises that he was able to exploit cleverly and unscrupulously in addition to economic woes and unemployment, there was an erosion of the political center and a growing resentment of the elites The unwillingness of Germany s political parties to compromise had contributed to a perception of government dysfunction and the belief of Hitler supporters that the country needed a man of iron who could shake things up Why not give the National Socialists a chance a prominent banker said of the Nazis They seem pretty gutsy to me Hitler s ascension was aided and abetted by the na vet of domestic adversaries who failed to appreciate his ruthlessness and tenacity, and by foreign statesmen who believed they could control his aggression Early on, revulsion at Hitler s style and appearance led some critics to underestimate the man and his popularity, while others dismissed him as a celebrity, a repellent but fascinating evening s entertainment Politicians, for their part, suffered from the delusion that the dominance of traditional conservatives in the cabinet would neutralize the threat of Nazi abuse of power and fence Hitler in As far as Hitler s long term wishes were concerned,, his conservative coalition partners believed either that he was not serious or that they could exert a moderating influence on him In any case, they were severely mistaken Hitler, it became obvious, could not be tamed he needed only five months to consolidate absolute power after becoming chancellor Non National Socialist German states with pressure from the party grass roots combining effectively with pseudo legal measures ordered by the Reich government Many Germans jumped on the Nazi bandwagon not out of political conviction but in hopes of improving their career opportunities, he argues, while fear kept others from speaking out against the persecution of the Jews The independent press was banned or suppressed and books deemed un German were burned By March 1933, Hitler had made it clear that his government was going to do away with all norms of separation of powers and the rule of law Hitler had a dark, Darwinian view of the world And he would not only become a mouthpiece of the cultural pessimism growing in right wing circles in the Weimar Republic, but also the avatar of what Thomas Mann identified as a turning away from reason and the fundamental principles of a civil society namely, liberty, equality, education, optimism and belief in progress Other parallels presented by civil rights lawyer, Burt Neuborne..https www.commondreams.org views 20 The public s fascination with Adolf Hitler remains strong even sixty years after his suicide in the Fuhrer bunker in April, 1945 To date over 120,000 books have been written about Hitler and Volker Ullrich s new biography, HITLER ASCENT 1889 1939 is a welcome addition to this ever increasing bibliography Up until now Ian Kershaw s two volume work was the recognized standard in this genre replacing earlier volumes by Alan Bullock, and Joachim Fest as the most comprehensive works on Hitler Ker The public s fascination with Adolf Hitler remains strong even sixty years after his suicide in the Fuhrer bunker in April, 1945 To date over 120,000 books have been written about Hitler and Volker Ullrich s new biography, HITLER ASCENT 1889 1939 is a welcome addition to this ever increasing bibliography Up until now Ian Kershaw s two volume work was the recognized standard in this genre replacing earlier volumes by Alan Bullock, and Joachim Fest as the most comprehensive works on Hitler Kershaw argued that Hitler was motivated by two obsessions as he pushed Germany toward war the removal of the Jews, and German expansion to the east Overall, Ullrich agrees with Kershaw s thesis, but what makes his book so important is his ability to synthesize the vast material that has already exists, his access to a great deal of new primary materials, and it has been almost twenty years since Kershaw s work was published Ullrich should be commended for his voluminous research supported by his extensive endnotes These endnotes contain a treasure trove of information for scholars of the Nazi regime, their leaders, and their rise to power.Many wonder what the keys were to Hitler s success Ullrich correctly depicts a man who was able to conceal his real intentions from friends and foes alike as one of the keys to his success He had the ability to instantly analyze political situations and exploit them, including his political opposition His success rests on his improvisational style of leadership where he created numerous internal conflicts from which he emerged as the indispensable man Ullrich breaks the myth that Hitler lacked personal relationships arguing that he was able to separate his political and private spheres which impacted his pursuit of power greatly Another key that Ullrich stresses in understanding Hitler is examining the reciprocal nature of his relationship with the German people that contributed to his enormous popularity It was not a forgone conclusion that Hitler would come to power, but domestic opposition leaders underestimated his abilities, as would foreign leaders after he consolidated power in 1934 Ullrich s aim is to deconstruct the myth of Hitler, the fascination with monstrosity that has greatly influenced historical literature and public discussion of the Fuhrer after 1945 In a sense, Hitler will he normalised although this will not make him seemnormal If anything, he will emerge as evenhorrific Ullrich s study is extremely comprehensive He does not spend a great deal of time concerning Hitler s childhood and upbringing, just enough to explore a few myths associated with Hitler s childhood which he debunks, i.e he did not grow up in poverty as his father Alois had a good pension he did not blame the Jews for the death of his mother from cancer and he did not blame the Jews for his inability to be admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts The biography becomes detailed as the Ullrich explores the effect Fin de Si cle Austria on Hitler and the author does an excellent job reviewing the historiography pertaining to Hitler s intellectual development Hitler is presented as an autodidact who was self educated which explains how he acquired his anti Semitic prejudices and German nationalist ideas But it is Hitler s experience in World War I that shaped the man, without which he would have remained a nobody with pretensions of being an artist.Ullrich s work successfully shifts the focus of his study on to Hitler the person as is evidenced by an excellent chapter, Hitler the Human Being It is here that Ullrich delves into Hitler s behavior and personality and tries to lift the mask that makes it difficult to penetrate Hitler s shifting persona Hitler s personality is a compilation of dichotomies He was a dictator who kept people at a distance, but sought company to avoid being alone with himself He could be caring and empathetic at times, but at the same time he could commit or order brutal acts Ullrich is correct in pointing out that Hitler was an actor and chameleon who was able to manipulate others who did not see through him as he overcame his personal insecurities and was able to shift many of them on to the German people in order to seize power.Other important chapters include Month of Destiny January 1933, where Ullrich details Hitler s path to the Chancellorship by taking the reader through the numerous elections, the strategies pursued by Hitler and his cohorts, the approach taken by the opposition, and the political infighting on all sides of the political spectrum January 30, 1933 became the turning point in the history of the twentieth century, but at the time Ullrich correctly points out leaders and the German public were not totally aware of its significance because most power brokers believed that the Franz von Papen Paul von Hindenburg Alfred Hugenberg alliance would be able to control Hitler As is repeatedly pointed out in the narrative it was just another example of people underestimating the new German Chancellor When examining if there were opportunities to stop Hitler s ascent, Ullrich recapitulates the ideas of Karl Dietrich Bracher s THE GERMAN DICTATORSHIP published in 1972 Further, no one should have been surprised by Hitler s actions after he rose to power, because his speeches, other public utterances, and his book MEIN KAMPF carefully delineated what he proposed to do In the realm of what he did do it is carefully reconstructed in the chapters, Totalitarian Revolution, and Eviscerating Versailles After achieving power on January 30, 1933 over the next year we witness the Nazi consolidation of power through the creation of the first concentration camp at Dachau the passage of the Enabling Act, or The Law to Remedy the Distress of the People and the Reich, which was used to create a dictatorship in the hands of the Chancellor as Hitler could now formulate laws without the approval of the Reichstag and lastly, The Night of the Long Knives which destroyed the SA and the last vestige of political opposition As far as Hitler s foreign policy was concerned the enemy was the Bolshevik Jewish conspiracy and the key to its destruction was the step by step dismantling of the Treaty of Versailles Ullrich takes us through this process and the tactic Hitler employed throughout the period was to simultaneously appear as conciliatory and presenting his adversaries with a fait accompli, i.e., German military rearmament and the occupation of the Rhineland in March, 1936 The response of the west was one of appeasement and Hitler recreated a strategy that worked so effectively domestically implementing policy that fostered foreign diplomats to underestimate him Overall, there is little that is new in this part of the narrative, but Ullrich s clear analysis and Jefferson Chase s excellent translation make events and policies easy to understand, particularly the historical implications that would result in World War II After reading Ullrich s narrative I am not certain he has met his goal of humanizing Hitler because no matter how the material is presented he remains the historical monster that his actions and belief system support To Ullrich s credit he has written a carefully constructed biography that should be seen as the most comprehensive biography of Hitler to date, and I look forward to the second volume that will carry us through the end of World War II To explore Hitler from a psychological perspective you might consult Binion, Rudolph HITLER AMONG THE GERMANSLanger, Walter THE MIND OF ADOLF HITLERWaite, Robert HITLER THE PSYCHOPATHIC GOD This is a review of the hardcover, not the audio This is the third of the 4 major Hitler bios that I ve read In some strange way, the appalling story never gets old Ullrich is a very good writer with an instinct for the telling details and where to put them Despite that, I could only read the book in twenty or thirty page chunks It s just too depressing how lucky Hitler was, how many times his way could have been blocked forever but was not, the disgusting character of the other top Nazis This is a review of the hardcover, not the audio This is the third of the 4 major Hitler bios that I ve read In some strange way, the appalling story never gets old Ullrich is a very good writer with an instinct for the telling details and where to put them Despite that, I could only read the book in twenty or thirty page chunks It s just too depressing how lucky Hitler was, how many times his way could have been blocked forever but was not, the disgusting character of the other top Nazis none of whom had anything like his talent for rousing and organizing a mass movement, meaning if Hitler had been stopped it s quite possible the whole movement would have collapsed And then there s the behavior of the German people, the consequences of which are still with them and us I look forward to book 2, where justice way too little and way too late was done |Free ⚆ Hitler: Volume I: Ascent 1889-1939 ⚕ Given his status as arguably the most despised political figure in history, it is surprising that there have only been four serious biographies of the F hrer since the s Perhaps even surprisingly, his biographers have been interested in how he came to power and how he exercised his leadership than in Hitler the personYet to render Hitler as a political animal with no personality to speak of, as a man of limited intelligence and poor social skills, does little to explain the spell that he cast not only on those close to him but on the German people as a whole In the first volume of this magisterial biography, Volker Ullrich sets out to correct our perception of the F hrer While charting in detail Hitler s life from his childhood to the eve of the Second World War, Ullrich unveils the man behind the public persona his charming and repulsive traits, his talents and weaknesses, his deep seated insecurities and murderous passions Jinlar bazmi, yoxud katta oyin it is surprising that there have only been four serious biographies of the F hrer since the s Perhaps even surprisingly Hand Lettering Workbook: A Premium Beginner’s Practice Hand Lettering Book & Introduction to Lettering & Modern Calligraphy his biographers have been interested in how he came to power and how he exercised his leadership than in Hitler the personYet to render Hitler as a political animal with no personality to speak of Whiteman as a man of limited intelligence and poor social skills شاهنامه فردوسی از دستنویس موزه فلورانس does little to explain the spell that he cast not only on those close to him but on the German people as a whole In the first volume of this magisterial biography Ludicrous Laws and Mindless Misdemeanors Volker Ullrich sets out to correct our perception of the F hrer While charting in detail Hitler s life from his childhood to the eve of the Second World War The Cult Files Ullrich unveils the man behind the public persona his charming and repulsive traits Let the Devil Speak his talents and weaknesses Love (Naughty Princess, his deep seated insecurities and murderous passions Highly readable yet excruciatingly detailed account of Hitler s rise to power Volker Ullrich is both a historian and a journalist, and it shows, since he makes this one of the most accessible serious biographies I ve ever read Like everyone who s taken GCSE History, I know the bullet points of pre WW2 Germany how Hitler was a frustrated artist, the Beer Hall putsch, Night of the Long Knives, Kristallnacht, peace in our time , etc This book turns them into a story that makes sense.What s u Highly readable yet excruciatingly detailed account of Hitler s rise to power Volker Ullrich is both a historian and a journalist, and it shows, since he makes this one of the most accessible serious biographies I ve ever read Like everyone who s taken GCSE History, I know the bullet points of pre WW2 Germany how Hitler was a frustrated artist, the Beer Hall putsch, Night of the Long Knives, Kristallnacht, peace in our time , etc This book turns them into a story that makes sense.What s unusual about this book is how much we know about Hitler s movements, plans, intentions, and even private words on a day by day, and hour by hour, basis At times it feels like half of his inner circle kept diaries about current events but Ullrich always carefully chooses the briefest yet most powerful quotes, and translates them into informal English As a result, everything feels incredibly real.Of course, it s impossible to avoid drawing comparisons to Trump Hitler, like Trump, was continually underestimated and had a huge inferiority complex I suppose time will tell, but the one good piece of news is that Hitler seems a hell of a lot smarter than Trump Unfortunately, Trump and the Republicans show a disturbing inclination to do away with the rule of law because they feel they have the popular will behind them, or due to some kind of emergency situation This biography shows just how far that tendency can take us Extremely detailed maybe a tad too much detail at times Nonetheless, this book covers Hitler s rise to power and provides analysis into his personal life, relationships with the German people, the churches and his ability to instil a messiah like faith in his capabilities.A 750 page tome, where Hitler s early life up to the end of WWI is covered in the first 70 pages So little is known of his early life Ullrich s book goes on to show how little is known about Hitler the man While it is kno Extremely detailed maybe a tad too much detail at times Nonetheless, this book covers Hitler s rise to power and provides analysis into his personal life, relationships with the German people, the churches and his ability to instil a messiah like faith in his capabilities.A 750 page tome, where Hitler s early life up to the end of WWI is covered in the first 70 pages So little is known of his early life Ullrich s book goes on to show how little is known about Hitler the man While it is known he was a vegetarian, bohemian, dog lover, art lover, nationalist, autodidact, introvert, moody, chameleon, motivator and strategist, he remains a man of mystery, unpredictability and evil.If it was not for WWI, Hitler would have probably lived a life of obscurity If it was not for the political machinations of others, he would never have been Chancellor.An impressive biography Ullrich s first volume of his Hitler biography is superb Perhaps we are now far away from Hitler to be able to see him at least somewhat dispassionately In this book Hitler the watercolor painter, the soldier, the rabble rouser, the politician, the lover, comes alive He was a rather pedestrian man, of conventional tastes, but quite cultured and exceptionally smart and tough He had no friends, only associates and these only inasmuch as they were useful He was a gifted actor and a master mani Ullrich s first volume of his Hitler biography is superb Perhaps we are now far away from Hitler to be able to see him at least somewhat dispassionately In this book Hitler the watercolor painter, the soldier, the rabble rouser, the politician, the lover, comes alive He was a rather pedestrian man, of conventional tastes, but quite cultured and exceptionally smart and tough He had no friends, only associates and these only inasmuch as they were useful He was a gifted actor and a master manipulator He had a remarkably consistent mindset and, in spite of his ability as a liar, he did say what he would do were he given a chance People gave him the chance Great story, very well told