Hitler: Ascent: 1889-1939

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by Volker Ullrich

Hitler by Volker Ullrich, the first volume in a two-volume biography, has altered how experts and common people alike view the man who has come to represent evil. Ullrich traces Hitler's biography from his early years through his experiences in the First World War and his later ascent as a far-right leader, drawing on previously unpublished writings and fresh scholarly research. Ullrich paints a realistic portrayal of a man with his megalomania, political savvy, and horrific worldview by focusing on the person behind the ideas. Hitler is a crucial historical figure with disturbing echoes in the present.

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