Editora Companhia das Letras

Considerada pela imprensa internacional a biografia definitiva do ditador alemão, Hitler, do historiador inglês Ian Kershaw, alia fluência narrativa e rigor histórico para contar a vida da personalidade mais sinistra do século XX. Quando foram publicados, em 1998 e 2000, os dois volumes da monumental biografia de Hitler escrita por Ian Kershaw foram imediatamente saudados em todo o mundo como obras fundamentais sobre a figura mais sinistra da história do século XX. A presente tradução foi realizada a partir da versão condensada elaborada pelo autor, que eliminou cerca de quatrocentas páginas de notas e referências - destinadas sobretudo ao público acadêmico -, sem no entanto prejudicar a força da narrativa e o poder de seu argumento. Kershaw escreve baseado na farta documentação já conhecida e em novas fontes, como o surpreendente diário de Goebbels, redescoberto no início da década de 1990, que traz revelações mais íntimas sobre as atitudes, as hesitações e o comportamento de Hitler no poder. A trajetória inteira desse indivíduo que parecia destinado ao fracasso e que acabou na direção de um dos países mais desenvolvidos, cultos e complexos da Europa é esmiuçada pelo autor, em busca de uma explicação para essa incrível trajetória ascendente, para o domínio que Hitler exerceu sobre as elites alemãs e para a catástrofe que causou em seu país e no resto do mundo.
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Ian Kershaw nasceu em 1943 em Oldham, Inglaterra. Foi professor de história contemporânea na Universidade de Sheffield, da qual se aposentou em 2008. Especialista na Alemanha nazista, escreveu importantes obras sobre o assunto e foi consultor histórico de duas consagradas séries da BBC sobre o tema.
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Hailed as the most compelling biography of the German dictator yet written, Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the heart of its subject's immense darkness.

From his illegitimate birth in a small Austrian village to his fiery death in a bunker under the Reich chancellery in Berlin, Adolf Hitler left a murky trail, strewn with contradictory tales and overgrown with self-created myths. One truth prevails: the sheer scale of the evils that he unleashed on the world has made him a demonic figure without equal in this century. Ian Kershaw's Hitler brings us closer than ever before to the character of the bizarre misfit in his thirty-year ascent from a Viennese shelter for the indigent to uncontested rule over the German nation that had tried and rejected democracy in the crippling aftermath of World War I. With extraordinary vividness, Kershaw recreates the settings that made Hitler's rise possible: the virulent anti-Semitism of prewar Vienna, the crucible of a war with immense casualties, the toxic nationalism that gripped Bavaria in the 1920s, the undermining of the Weimar Republic by extremists of the Right and the Left, the hysteria that accompanied Hitler's seizure of power in 1933 and then mounted in brutal attacks by his storm troopers on Jews and others condemned as enemies of the Aryan race. In an account drawing on many previously untapped sources, Hitler metamorphoses from an obscure fantasist, a "drummer" sounding an insistent beat of hatred in Munich beer halls, to the instigator of an infamous failed putsch and, ultimately, to the leadership of a ragtag alliance of right-wing parties fused into a movement that enthralled the German people.

This volume, the first of two, ends with the promulgation of the infamous Nuremberg laws that pushed German Jews to the outer fringes of society, and with the march of the German army into the Rhineland, Hitler's initial move toward the abyss of war.

"Chilling... To Hell and Back should be required reading in every chancellery, every editorial cockpit and every place where peevish Euroskeptics do their thinking…. Kershaw documents each and every ‘ism’ of his analysis with extraordinary detail and passionate humanism."—The New York Times Book Review

The Penguin History of Europe series reaches the twentieth century with acclaimed scholar Ian Kershaw’s long-anticipated analysis of the pivotal years of World War I and World War II.
The European catastrophe, the long continuous period from 1914 to 1949, was unprecedented in human history—an extraordinarily dramatic, often traumatic, and endlessly fascinating period of upheaval and transformation. This new volume in the Penguin History of Europe series offers comprehensive coverage of this tumultuous era. Beginning with the outbreak of World War I through the rise of Hitler and the aftermath of the Second World War, award-winning British historian Ian Kershaw combines his characteristic original scholarship and gripping prose as he profiles the key decision makers and the violent shocks of war as they affected the entire European continent and radically altered the course of European history. Kershaw identifies four major causes for this catastrophe: an explosion of ethnic-racist nationalism, bitter and irreconcilable demands for territorial revisionism, acute class conflict given concrete focus through the Bolshevik Revolution, and a protracted crisis of capitalism.
Incisive, brilliantly written, and filled with penetrating insights, To Hell and Back offers an indispensable study of a period in European history whose effects are still being felt today. 

From the Hardcover edition.
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