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Few, if any, 20th-century political leaders have enjoyed greater popularity among their own people than Hitler did in the decade or so following his rise to power in 1933. The personality of Hitler himself, however, can scarcely explain this immense popularity or his political effectiveness in the 1930s and '40s. His hold over the German people lay rather in the hopes and perceptions of the millions who adored him.

Based largely on the reports of government officials, party agencies, and political opponents, Ian Kershaw's groundbreaking study charts the creation, growth, and decline of the "Hitler myth". He demonstrates how the manufactured "Fuhrer-cult" served as a crucial integrating force within the Third Reich and a vital element in the attainment of Nazi political aims. Masters of the new techniques of propaganda, the Nazis used "image-building" to exploit the beliefs, phobias, and prejudices of the day. Kershaw greatly enhances our understanding of the German people's attitudes and behavior under Nazi rule and the psychology behind their adulation of Hitler.

©1987 Ian Kershaw (P)2021 Upfront Books

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  • 26-07-2021

What's new to say about Hitler

Despite reservations I got the book and I listened almost to the end but I did not learn anything new I'm sorry to say because I know how good a writer is Ian kershaw is. It was all very vague. We know the nazis created a myth around Hitler. I don't like criticising but I can't see the point of the book

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  • 24-09-2021

Excellent as always by Ian Kershaw.

The expert on Hitler, I always enjoy Kershaw’s books.
Kershaw makes a big feature of the British bombing of Germany and in one paragraph says that Britain had air superiority over Germany from 1942. I’m not sure that’s correct. Certainly the first 1000 bomber raids took place in May ‘42 but the losses were terrible and it was not until mid ‘44, and only when American bombers were escorted by long range fighters, that it could be said that the Allies had air superiority over Germany. Without fighter escort, British planes always flew at night. The audiobook performance was excellent but I gave four stars just because of the funny pronunciation of Lebensraum!

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