A landmark biography that explores the uncharted territory of Hitler the human being.
Volker Ullrich is a historian and journalist whose previous books include biographies of Bismarck and Napoleon, as well as a major study of Imperial Germany, The Nervous Superpower 1871-1918. From 1990 to 2009, Ullrich was the editor of the 'Political Book' review section of the influential weekly newspaper, Die Zeit. On publication in Germany in 2013, Hitler- Ascent 1889-1939 became a top ten bestseller.
Everyone concerned about democracy should read this book.
-- Richard J. Evans * The Nation *
A superb biography of the Fuhrer's pre-war years... It is a tribute to Ullrich's absorbing biography that one contemplates its second volume with a shudder. -- Miranda Seymour * Daily Telegraph *
[A] fascinating Shakespearean parable about how the confluence of circumstances, chance, a ruthless individual and the wilful blindness of others can transform a country. -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times *
A substantial addition to the Fuhrer canon. -- David Aaronovitch * The Times, Book of the Year *
Where Ullrich adds greatly to our understanding is by making the mercurial, changeable and...profoundly unknowable Hitler believable... This is a major achievement... Impressive and revealing biography. -- Nicholas Stargardt * Literary Review *