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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Ian Kershaw
"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.
Ian Kershaw
From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II.

Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did. The Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and almost completely occupied. Even in the near-apocalyptic final months, when the war was plainly lost, the Nazis refused to sue for peace. Historically, this is extremely rare.

Drawing on original testimony from ordinary Germans and arch-Nazis alike, award-winning historian Ian Kershaw explores this fascinating question in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the German capitulation in May 1945. Hitler, desperate to avoid a repeat of the "disgraceful" German surrender in 1918, was of course critical to the Third Reich's fanatical determination, but his power was sustained only because those below him were unable, or unwilling, to challenge it. Even as the military situation grew increasingly hopeless, Wehrmacht generals fought on, their orders largely obeyed, and the regime continued its ruthless persecution of Jews, prisoners, and foreign workers. Beneath the hail of allied bombing, German society maintained some semblance of normalcy in the very last months of the war. The Berlin Philharmonic even performed on April 12, 1945, less than three weeks before Hitler's suicide.

As Kershaw shows, the structure of Hitler's "charismatic rule" created a powerful negative bond between him and the Nazi leadership- they had no future without him, and so their fates were inextricably tied. Terror also helped the Third Reich maintain its grip on power as the regime began to wage war not only on its ideologically defined enemies but also on the German people themselves. Yet even as each month brought fresh horrors for civilians, popular support for the regime remained linked to a patriotic support of Germany and a terrible fear of the enemy closing in.

Based on prodigious new research, Kershaw's The End is a harrowing yet enthralling portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps.

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