Becoming Hitler
An award-winning historian charts Hitler's radical transformation after World War I from a directionless loner into a powerful National Socialist leaderIn Becoming Hitler, award-winning historian Thomas Weber examines Adolf Hitler's time in Munich between 1918 and 1926, the years when Hitler shed his awkward, feckless persona and transformed himself into a savvy opportunistic political operator who saw himself as Germany's messiah. The story of Hitler's transformation is one of a fateful match between man and city. After opportunistically fluctuating between the ideas of the left and the right, Hitler emerged as an astonishingly flexible leader of Munich's right-wing movement. The tragedy for Germany and the world was that Hitler found himself in Munich; had he not been in Bavaria in the wake of the war and the revolution, his transformation into a National Socialist may never have occurred. In Becoming Hitler, Weber brilliantly charts this tragic metamorphosis, dramatically expanding our knowledge of how Hitler became a lethal demagogue.

Becoming Hitler Details

TitleBecoming Hitler
Author
ReleaseNov 7th, 2017
PublisherBasic Books
ISBN-139780465032686
Rating
GenreHistory, Biography, War, Nonfiction, Cultural, Germany, Audiobook

Becoming Hitler Review

  • Erik Graff
    January 1, 1970
    This book reviews Adolf Hitler's ideological development and political machinations from the time of the end of WWI in 1918 until the publication of the second volume of Mein Kampf in 1926, revealing that Hitler's own account of his life to that point was substantially fabricated. Instead, therefore, of the radical artist steeled by war to found the NDSAP, we find a young man of moderate socialist convictions whose only firm political belief was in the political unification of Germans serving, i This book reviews Adolf Hitler's ideological development and political machinations from the time of the end of WWI in 1918 until the publication of the second volume of Mein Kampf in 1926, revealing that Hitler's own account of his life to that point was substantially fabricated. Instead, therefore, of the radical artist steeled by war to found the NDSAP, we find a young man of moderate socialist convictions whose only firm political belief was in the political unification of Germans serving, in a military capacity, a number of socialist-to-communist regimes in Bavaria, then radicalizing, in 1919, upon realizing the harsh terms of the Versailles Treaty. Joining an already existing right-wing nationalist party and gaining prominence as its foremost orator Hitler went on, expediently and surreptitiously, to dominate it, emerging from his trial and brief imprisonment in the putsch of 1923 as a public figure and leader of the renamed party aiming for the constitutional seizure of state power.
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