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Volker Ullrich


Volker Ullrich

Volker Ullrich is a historian and journalist whose previous books in German include biographies of Bismarck and Napoleon, as well as a major study of Imperial Germany, DIE NERVÖSE GROSSMACHT 1871–1918 (THE NERVOUS EMPIRE). From 1990 to 2009, Ullrich was the editor of the political book review section of the influential weekly newspaper Die Zeit. He lives in Germany.

Volker Ullrich

Books by Volker Ullrich

written by Volker Ullrich, translated by Jefferson Chase - Biography, History, Nonfiction

In the summer of 1939, Hitler was at the zenith of his power. The Nazis had consolidated political control in Germany, and a series of foreign-policy coups had restored Germany to the status of a major world power. He now embarked on realizing his lifelong ambition: to provide the German people with the resources they needed to flourish and to exterminate those who stood in the way. Yet, despite a series of stunning initial triumphs, Hitler's decision to invade the Soviet Union in 1941 turned the tide for good. Volker Ullrich vividly portrays the insecurity, obsession with minutiae and narcissistic penchant for gambling that led Hitler to embark on the annihilation of Germany itself in order to punish the people who he believed had failed to hand him victory.

by Volker Ullrich - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Volker Ullrich's HITLER, the first in a two-volume biography, has changed the way scholars and laypeople alike understand the man who has become the personification of evil. Drawing on previously unseen papers and new scholarly research, Ullrich charts Hitler's life from his childhood through his experiences in the First World War and his subsequent rise as a far-right leader. Focusing on the personality behind the policies, Ullrich creates a vivid portrait of a man and his megalomania, political skill and horrifying worldview.