Everyone concerned about democracy should read this book. -- Richard J. Evans * The Nation * A superb biography of the Fhrers pre-war years It is a tribute to Ullrichs absorbing biography that one contemplates its second volume with a shudder. -- Miranda Seymour * Daily Telegraph * [A] fascinating Shakespearean parable about how the confluence of circumstances, chance, a ruthless individual and the wilful blindness of others can transform a country. -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times * A substantial addition to the Fuhrer canon. -- David Aaronovitch * The Times, Book of the Year * Where Ullrich adds greatly to our understanding is by making the mercurial, changeable andprofoundly unknowable Hitler believable This is a major achievement Impressive and revealing biography. -- Nicholas Stargardt * Literary Review *
Volker Ullrich is a historian and journalist whose previous books include biographies of Bismarck and Napoleon, as well as a major study of Imperial Germany, The Nervous Superpower 18711918. From 1990 to 2009, Ullrich was the editor of the Political Book review section of the influential weekly newspaper, Die Zeit. On publication in Germany in 2013, Hitler: Ascent 18891939 became a top ten bestseller.