• Hitler

  • Ascent 1889-1939
  • By: Volker Ullrich
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 29-08-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (27 ratings)

Summary

A major new biography - an extraordinary, penetrating study of the man who has become the personification of evil.
For all the literature about Adolf Hitler, there have been just four seminal biographies; this is the fifth, a landmark work that sheds important new light on Hitler himself. Drawing on previously unseen papers and a wealth of recent scholarly research, Volker Ullrich reveals the man behind the public persona, from Hitler's childhood, to his failures as a young man in Vienna, to his experiences during the First World War, to his rise as a far-right party leader. Ullrich deftly captures Hitler's intelligence, instinctive grasp of politics, and gift for oratory as well as his megalomania, deep insecurity, and repulsive worldview.
Many previous biographies have focused on the larger social conditions that explain the rise of the Third Reich. Ullrich gives us a comprehensive portrait of a postwar Germany humiliated by defeat, wracked by political crisis, and starved by an economic depression - but his real gift is to show vividly how Hitler used his ruthlessness and political talent to shape the Nazi party and lead it to power. For decades the world has tried to grasp how Hitler was possible. By focusing on the man at the center of it all, on how he experienced his world, formed his political beliefs, and wielded power, this riveting biography brings us closer than ever to the answer.
Translated from the German by Jefferson Chase.
©2016 Volker Ullrich (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC
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Critic reviews

"Ullrich reveals Hitler to have been an eminently practical politician - and frighteningly so. Timely...One of the best works on Hitler and the origins of the Third Reich to appear in recent years." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"An outstanding study...All the huge, and terrible moments of the early Nazi era are dissected...but the real strength of this book is in disentangling the personal story of man and monster." ( The Guardian [U.K.])
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4 out of 5 stars
By C. Hamilton-welsh on 20-08-17

Clearly well researched but bit dull and poor narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not as there are so many much better ones

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Forensic detail but got wearing - hard to listen to

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Don Hagen?

Any of the big ones. Tried to enjoy the narration and it did get a bit better but not good. Dull.

Do you think Hitler needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes story only half told but get a new narrator please

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joe Soap on 19-01-17

Good book., well read.

A conventional account of Hitler's rise, we'll read but with some strange translation quirks.





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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 05-12-16

A new view of the man.

A different perspective on his early life and great detail on the pre WWI Vienna years that makes his experience clearer. The rise to power is described based on multiple firsthand sources and provides the reader a very clear view of the motives of the players. At least that's what I came away with. A very clear and realistic picture of the man.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By matthew c strublic on 12-11-16

Great book!

This is perhaps one of the best woks on the subject I have come across. Personal details make this work come to life in a way that makes it most enjoyable to listen to. Highly recommend it.

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