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This book refrains from providing a commentary on what happened but rather only reports what happened.
It doesn’t mentions the sociopolitical reasons adequately as to what led to the monster’s rise.
However the chronology is fantastic, detailed and I don’t believe one needs to read any other book after this to know further about the madness called Hitler, the person.
Authoritative and measured, Ian Kershaw recounts the arc of Hitler's life in a way that is accessible to observers of history. I have listened to the book three times -- it is fairly dense and I struggled at times to keep track of unfamiliar German names -- and each time it has been more enlightening. No doubt I will listen to it again.
A superb performance with excellent pronunciation of the many technical terms and titles. A feat of endurance to listen to, given the content, but well worth sticking with it.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
A masterful piece of work that recounts how a failed and insignificant artist from Austria could come to power and lead a civilised country to war and encourage many to plummet the depths of inhumanity. Using a range of evidence from historical events and recounts of eyewitnesses the text flowed and keep me engrossed from start to finish.
I find the narrator was excellent and kept my attention throughout.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I love this book. I was given a hard copy for my 21st two years ago. But having ADHD I struggled with a large book, not matter how much I tried I never finished it. And I dropped the book on my face. That was harsh. Audible, once again to the rescue!!!
Ian Kersaw's approach to this extremely sensitive subject is so fascinating and really helped me pull together the information I've learned in the decade I've been studying aspects of WWII.
The narrator is fabulous. His voice when quoting my other favourite WWII writer William Shirer was absolutely hilarious. Considering how sassy Mr Shirer could be. The narrator also really did well with the flow of the information in almost a conversational fashion. Which I enjoyed.
I would definitely recommend this audio book to the other wannabe historians out there.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is an abridged version of Ian Kershaw's scholarly biographies of Hitler and so contains faultless research and analysis. It is complete and comprehensive in its telling of Hitler's upbringing and youth, his experiences in the First World War and his astonishing rise to power. Kershaw's writing is disciplined and contained, but the shock of what he reveals is horrifying. Compelling, disturbing and revealing. It will change your world view.
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