The book covers the whole of Hitler's life, from his obscure beginnings through his advance to supreme absolute power and then his final decline and suicide in the bunker as Russian shells fell around him. Bullock divides the narrative into three main sections. The first deals with Hitler's early life, his rise to party leader in the years following the First World War, and his gaining of the Chancellorship in 1933. The second part describes how he consolidated his position and extended his power once he was in office. The third and final part is about his actions in the Second World War.
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At first, Bullock presented Hitler as an actor and cynic who believed mainly in his own ambition, an opportunist mountebank. Since then he has evolved a view which incorporates the possessed aspect of Hitler which Hugh Trevor-Roper emphasized - Trevor-Roper saw the Nazi as a 'sincere' idealist with a demented ideal. Thus, to Bullock, Hitler becomes an actor who is possessed by his own act. This is an invaluable starting point for any assessment of the German dictator. Review by Ron Rosenbaum, whose work includes 'Explaining Hitler' (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Alan Bullock,Baron Bullock
Alan Bullock, Baron Bullock, was born in 1914. He studied at Oxford University and served as a research assistant to Winston Churchill while writing his A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. He was a history fellow at New College, Oxford, helped found St Catherine's College, Oxford, and was Vice-Chancellor for the university. A renowned modern historian, Bullock was made a life peer in 1976. He died in 2004.