Hitler: Ascent

By Volker Ulrich

Thoroughly researched as you would expect, this is a brilliantly written – and expertly translated – retelling of Adolf Hitler’s early life and rise to power. Very few comprehensive biographies have been written about the man himself. Most books focus on military might and megalomaniacal tendencies, rather than evolution as a shrewd leader and politician. Ulrich’s work starts to demystify Hitler. It doesn’t sugar-coat his weaknesses, but it does turn bullet-point, easy-to-recall milestones in the man’s life into a readable narrative – drawing on many of the ‘inner circle’ diaries to illustrate Hitler’s movements, plans, intentions, and even private words on a daily basis. It’s not bedtime reading. But it is a gripping account, and the first part of a two-tome biography.

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