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Hitler: Downfall

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Hitler: Downfall by Volker Ullrich
Sep 01, 2020 | ISBN 9781101874011

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A Time Top Ten Nonfiction Book of 2020
An AirMail Best Book of 2020

“The impulsiveness and grandiosity, the bullying and vulgarity, were obvious from the beginning; if anything, they accounted for Adolf Hitler’s anti-establishment appeal…. Ullrich argues that the very qualities that accounted for the dictator’s astonishing rise were also what brought about his ultimate ruin.”
⁠—Jennifer Szalai, New York Times

“Ullrich’s work is a remarkable treatise on the malevolence of power in modern times. Take care, lest we fall into the trap of autocracy.”
⁠—Roger Abrams, New York Journal of Books

“Magisterial…  lucidly formulated for a new generation of readers and scholars.”
⁠—Library Journal

“An endlessly revealing look at the Nazi regime that touches on large issues and small details alike.”
⁠—Kirkus, starred

“Meticulous… Smoothly written and splendidly translated, Ullrich’s book gives us a Hitler we have not seen before, at once cold-blooded and narcissistic and cloyingly sentimental. And precisely because he seems so much like the rest of us, it is probably the most disturbing portrait of Hitler I have ever read.”
⁠—Dominic Sandbrook, The Sunday Times

“The reader who plunges in is rewarded with insight, understanding, fine judgements and read-me narrative drive… [This] biography of Hitler makes essential reading, especially one as deeply researched, beautifully written and finely judged as this one.”
—Tony RennellDaily Mail
“Ullrich’s work is much more than just a biography. It is a work of synthesis, certainly, but a thorough and thoroughly readable one nonetheless, which stands muster alongside Hitler’s most significant earlier biographers: Bullock, Toland, Fest and Kershaw. Elegantly written, engaging and insightful, it is a new standard work on its subject.”
 —Roger Moorhouse, BBC History

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