The Hitler of History

The Hitler of History A valuable service serious entertaining provocative and distinctive Cleveland Plain Dealer In the fifty years since his suicide amid the ruins of Berlin Adolf Hitler has been the subject of biograp

  • Title: The Hitler of History
  • Author: John Lukacs
  • ISBN: 9780375701139
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • A valuable service serious, entertaining, provocative and distinctive Cleveland Plain Dealer In the fifty years since his suicide amid the ruins of Berlin, Adolf Hitler has been the subject of biographies than any comparable figure of our time and at the center of a crucial historical debate over the nature of evil and moral responsibility in the twentieth A valuable service serious, entertaining, provocative and distinctive Cleveland Plain Dealer In the fifty years since his suicide amid the ruins of Berlin, Adolf Hitler has been the subject of biographies than any comparable figure of our time and at the center of a crucial historical debate over the nature of evil and moral responsibility in the twentieth century In this brilliant and original book, the historian John Lukacs climbs above the fray to produce a definitive history of a history the history of the evolution of our understanding of Hitler s life and our debates about its meaning Like an expert attorney, Lukacs puts the biographies on trial, identifying their strengths, weaknesses, and hidden agendas And through their intersecting and conflicting accounts, he addresses the enduring enigmas surrounding the demiurge of the Third Reich Was Hitler a revolutionary or a reactionary How successful was he as a statesman and a strategist What was his primary motive for the extermination of the Jews The Hitler of History answers these questions as fully as any modern work can hope to, with an intellectual boldness that makes it absolutely essential to any understanding of the post Hitler world Lukacs is a shrewd historian and an engaging writer a sharp and sober portrait Philadelphia Inquirer

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    1. This is high-octane Hitlerology. But Mr Lukacs' vast learning is spat out like a series of aggravating orange pips you didn't expect to find in your mouth. He swats historians like blowflies on a hot day in Alabama. Thwap! goes Toland. Splot! goes Irving. He regards the resulting mess with icy indifference. He surveys Alp after Alp of Hitler history with Olympian hauteur, and if you can't keep up with him, if you don't know your Hillgrubers from your Gorlitz-Quints, or your Intentionalists from [...]

    2. So relentlessly footnoted that establishing any kind of rhythm proved to be an impossibility—but nevertheless wholly absorbing and counter-intuitively illuminating and learnedly cantankerous, a work that, through its dissection of the vast realm of Hitler scholarship and literature—and even more now than in 1997—by means of a topical basis in trying to assess Hitler's legacy, place in history, formative influences, and character, alerted me to the possibility that John Toland might not act [...]

    3. I read this for the first time in November of 2003, largely in one sitting on the train from Bologna to Parma. This is a fascinating book that attempts to gauge the shifts in historians' opinions of Hitler over time, and also use these shifts to provoke (and attempt to answer) the main question here: what did Hitler mean? Lukcas is a careful writer who nonetheless possesses a very droll style that is always engaging, even if it requires a close reading. Recommended for anyone who takes a more nu [...]

    4. Lukacs delves into areas others fear to tread and asks some awkward questions about our perceptions of Hitler. His nit-picking at biographies uncovers authors intentions and reveals that even some of the best respected and most highly regarded of historians have on occassion faltered in their facts and figures (and that some have even used innacurate research by holocaust deniers!). This book has certainly made me rethink my view of Hitler, although I still disagree with Lukacs well-argumented c [...]

    5. John Lukacs is the most entertaining author about WWII and Hitler especially. The most interesting thing about him is his way of thinking. He always take usual view back. He is an assumed reactionnary. How right is he when he forbids calling Hitler a reactionnary ? Very fine. Lukacs describes him as a very clever, modern guy. He assumes Hitler was not antisemitic, and even not a racist. He was just a völkish, that means populist, judeophobic and a nationalist. Lukacs situes Hitler in the new wa [...]

    6. Es un buen libro, sin duda, explora la historiografía acerca de Hitler de manera, más o menos extensa; hay varias cosas notables del libro:1. Su objetivo es exponer cómo los historiadores han tratado a Hitler e, indirectamente, la Alemania Nacionalsocialista, concluyendo que, las más de las veces prevalece en los estudios una visión subjetiva, y llena de prejuicios sin atender a una investigación explicativa y comprensiva.2. De lo anterior, varios mitos quedan desechados, como el racismo n [...]

    7. John Lukacs is an engaging writer and definitely opinionated. He himself should agree as he stipulates early on “all words revolve within a moral context”.Despite the fact that he says the book is not a biography of Hitler, there is throughout, an examination of the influences on Hitler’s life. Many of the authors under Mr. Lukacs’s scrutiny are German and some, like Zitelmann, have never been translated into English from the original German. As Lukacs says we can attempt to understand H [...]

    8. I read this quite some time ago.An interesting look not at Hitler directly, but at how various biographers of Hitler have portrayed him in an attempt both to ferret out their particular biases and blind spots and also to arrive at a more complete understanding of the subject. If you are interested in Hitler and are looking for something just a bit different this may be for you.

    9. Not as weighty as some of his larger books on World War II (The Last European War, the Duel) but Lukacs is, as ever, one of the most astute historians of our time and his examination of the historiography of Hitler is a fascinating, insightful, interesting read. Highly recommended.

    10. About 2/3 of the footnotes could have been incorporated into the text and the book would have been much more readable. Still, this intelligent survey and analysis of books on Hitler was fascinating and I learned a lot.

    11. John Lukacs is terrific! I love his mind! Very compelling read--- for all his works! :)Thanks, Neal H. Hurwitz NY NY

    12. I read this book years ago for a college course. I've hung on to it for some unknown reason so I added it to my GoodReads list.

    13. Historiography-plus on Hitler bios and the search for his historical significance. A paradigm for the 20th century?

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