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Author: Volker Ullrich Narrator: Don Hagen Publisher: Recorded Books: Gildan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781469065540

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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.

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  • “[A] fascinating Shakespearean parable about how the confluence of circumstance, chance, a ruthless individual, and the willful blindness of others can transform a country—and, in Hitler’s case, lead to an unimaginable nightmare for the world.”

    - New York Times
  • “What mark[s] him out is his conscious abandonment of conventional morality: the monstrous, shameless ease with which he lied, betrayed, and murdered…Ullrich’s narrative of Hitler’s rise to power…is full, intelligent, and lucidly written.”

    - London Review of Books
  • “Ullrich reveals Hitler to have been an eminently practical politician—and frighteningly so…One of the best works on Hitler and the origins of the Third Reich to appear in recent years.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “Don Hagen has a deep, ominous-sounding voice…and he matches this book’s dark tone wonderfully. Hagen does a great job narrating this monumental work, and his voice never loses focus or energy. He also reads at a deliberate speed that allows the listener to absorb the daunting scale of this important history…The audiobook is certainly worth one’s time.”

    - AudoFile


  • Finalist for the 2017 Plutarch Award
  • A New York Times Notable Book
  • A London Times Pick for Book of the Week

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About the Author

Volker Ullrich is a historian and journalist whose previous books in German include biographies of Bismarck and Napoleon, as well as a major study of Imperial Germany, Die nervöse Grossmacht 1871–1918 (The Nervous Superpower). From 1990 to 2009, he was the editor of the political book review section of the influential weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

About the Narrator

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.