- Tapa dura: 279 páginas
- Editor: Alfred A. Knopf (1 de agosto de 1998)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0679446494
- ISBN-13: 978-0679446491
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The Hitler of History (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 ago 1998
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By examining the more than one hundred biographies of Adolf Hitler and their authors, a historian reassesses the reality of Hitler's life and his place in the history of the twentieth century and of the world. 10,000 first printing. History Bk Club. Reader's Subscription Bk Club.
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liant, strikingly original book, historian John Lukacs delves to the core of Adolf Hitler's life and mind by examining him through the lenses of his surprisingly diverse biographers.<br><br>Since 1945 there have been more than one hundred biographies of Hitler, and countless other books on him and the Third Reich. What happens when so many people reinterpret the life of a single individual? Dangerously, the cumulative portrait that begins to emerge can suggest the face of a mythic antihero whose crimes and errors blur behind an aura of power and conquest. By reversing the process, by making Hitler's biographers--rather than Hitler himself--the subject of inquiry, Lukacs reveals the contradictions that take us back to the true Hitler of history.<br><br>Like an attorney, Lukacs puts the biographies on trial. He gives a masterly account of all the major works and of the personalities, methods, and careers of the biographers (one cannot separate the historian from his history, particularly inVer Descripción del producto
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Lukacs is very set in his ways and often passes off his views as fact. Toland is dismissed - even though his biography is a best seller - as being hard to read. A surprise for anyone who has read Toland's work.
He then tries to link Toland with David Irving, even though they have nothing in common. He also points out that Toland has some bizarre views on Pearl Harbour, and says this indicates an authoritarian bent and that Toland admires Hitler, and so does the infamous Irving. I re-read Toland's work and I found it to be a well written biography of Hitler and I really cannot understand Lukacs' conclusion that he is an admirer.
Fest's work - which he likes far more - is difficult to read and yet receives no such attack. The fact is that Lukacs does not like Toland's work and has thrown every bit of mud that he can at him.
Further he basically ignores the work of Konrad Heiden before the war and the huge debt that Bullock had to the writer in his biography. Yet Bullock is praised for his efforts.
Finally his virtual silence on Bracher is a real fault of the book. Bracher provides a far more cohesive argument for the rise of Hitler than Fest - in my opinion - and he is barely mentioned.
Behind a facade of historical accuracy, Lukacs likes what he likes and is unfair to those he does not.
About the real content of the book, it is also disappointing. Lukacs states several times that his purpose is not deal with Hitler himself, but with his historians. In the first chapter he follows this objectives; then he forgets about the historians and starts to deal with Hitler as a biographer. Just lamentable.