Journalist Konrad Heiden was one of the first to hear the young Adolf Hitler’s rousing orations and to recognize his political ingenuity and perverse, self-serving ideology. As a staff reporter on the Frankfurter Zeitung, Heiden was one of the first writers to take a stand against Nazism, and his is the only contemporary document to give the whole story of Hitler’s rise to power from the very beginning to the day in 1934 when the Blood Purge eliminated the last opposition, leaving him absolute dictator of Germany. As Heiden states, his path of murder and violence was, in accordance with Hitler’s beliefs, the right path to greatness.”
First published at the height of the Second World War, this new edition of Heiden’s work, which the New York Times Book Review called remorselessly, ruthlessly objective,” shows it to be not only a profound and revealing narrative but also an important historical document essential to both historian and layman for a greater understanding of the calamitous events that dominated the twentieth century.
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Konrad Heiden was a journalist and historian of the Weimar Republic and Nazi eras, most noted for The Führer—the first influential biography of Adolf Hitler. He died in 1966.
Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work.
Richard Overy is professor of history at King's College, London. His many acclaimed books on World War II include Why the Allies Won and The Battle of Britain.
“The most complete study in the field.” (New Yorker)
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“Unique in its abundance of details, and it ranks beside the classics of historical writing.” (Christian Science Monitor)
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