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  • Paperback: 1210 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; Reprint edition (Dec 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393322521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393322521
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #918,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. A Forczyk on Jan. 31 2001
Format: Hardcover
Ian Kershaw, an English historian and academic, has written the second volume of his biography of the Nazi Dictator. Unfortunately, it is hard to see what this book adds to our knowledge of Hitler that was not already presented in previous accounts by Bullock, Toland, Fest, Keegan and Flood. Kershaw's account relies heavily on Josef Goebbel's diary and the post-war accounts of other close Hitler cronies; unfortunately their self-serving and self-deceptive views do not clarify Hitler, they obscure him.
However the biggest flaw of this account is the subtle but pervasive bias throughout. Kershaw states up front that he detests Hitler but is obviously fascinated by his career. Later, Kershaw concludes that Hitler was "an ill-educated beerhall demagogue and racist bigot". While true, it is an incomplete description. Yet for Kershaw it is enough and he uses this account to paint a portrait of Hitler almost as a self-destructive fool who was incapable of seeing reality. Not only Hitler, but the Third Reich, the Whermacht itself, most of the generals and even the German people seem pretty incapable and fatalistic here.
Nowhere is Kershaw's account more biased than in his account of wartime operations. German successes are minimized, the campaigns in Poland, France, Norway and the Balkans get one page or less each. Kershaw attempts to chide the German Navy by stating that the cruiser Blucher was sunk "by a single shell from an ancient coastal battery". In fact, the cruiser was hit by two 11", thirteen 6", thirty 57mm shells and two torpedoes and despite this loss, the Germans still took Oslo. On the other hand, Allied disasters are totally ignored.
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By A Customer on July 2 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book hoping for some greater enlightenment about Adolf Hitler, his life, and times. There is nothing new in this book that has not been covered in about a hundred others biographies. I will not go so far as to say this is a "bad" book. That it is certainly not. However, if you are already well read regarding Adolf Hilter you will find nothing new in these pages.
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By patrick rice on June 23 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is not only the definitive biography of Hitler but also an excellent history text of this time period. Few, if any books on Hitler are readable--this one will keep your interest from the first page to the last. The documentation is beyond belief--over 200 pages of footnotes--this is truly the "Bible" on Hitler. Read it--you won't regret it!
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Format: Paperback
The Fall:
In this second of two volumes, historian Ian Kershaw shows how Hitler after his initial stunning successes in the 1930s finally over-reached himself, became responsible for the deaths of millions of people, and eventually destroyed a country, his movement, and himself.
Again, as in the first volume, the prose is workmanlike, without emotion or flash. The annotations are extensive. The story is cautionary.
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Format: Hardcover
I've read many a book about World War II, but this is one of the very best. Kershaw's first volume ("Hubris") was an outright biography, with the beginnings of the Nazi era in Germany, and that was interesting enough.
"Nemesis" is on another level altogether. (You can tell that the author is British. No American historian or biographer would dare to put such titles on his books: Hubris is the pride that destroys, and Nemesis is the fate that destroys the proud.) It is at once the story of a man and the nation he led to ruin, a short history of the war and especially the calamitous Eastern Front, and a study of how the Houlocaust came to be.
I can't recommend this book too highly. Buy it and read it, if you have any hope of understanding the most monstrous regime of the 20th century, if not the entire history of mankind. Then, when you're done, go back and read the first volume.
-- Dan Ford
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By A Customer on Sept. 17 2002
Format: Hardcover
In this riveting account, drawing on many previously untapped sources--including Joseph Goebbel's diaries, recently discovered in Moscow--& incorporating numerous contemporaneous accounts of Nazi Germany, Ian Kershaw reveals a leader fanatically, ruinously convinced that he alone has the genius to conduct a war while his henchmen maintain the totalitarian state created in his name. As Nemesis opens, Adolf Hitler has achieved absolute power within Germany & triumphed in his first challenge to the European powers. Idolized by large segments of the population & firmly supported by four pillars of the Nazi regime--the Party, the armed forces, the industrial cartels, & the civil service--Hitler is poised to subjugate Europe. Nine years later, his vaunted war machine destroyed, Allied forces sweeping across Germany, Hitler will end his life with a pistol shot to his head. Kershaw's Hitler will be the final word on the most demonic figure of the twentieth century.
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Format: Hardcover
I expected much more. Dry and tedious, Mr. Kershaw pacts each page with wave after wave of flat, colorless data. Nothing new, and certainly no personality - but then that woud require creativity and daring - something histroians dare not undertake with repect to the subject of NAZI Germany. Lots of boring, lifeless information.
Would like to see David McCullough tackle his subject...a la his "John Adams".
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