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A list of key readings about Adolf Hitler.
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Biographies

  • Bullock, Alan. Hitler: A Study in Tyranny, (1962) online edition
  • Fest, J. Hitler (1974), very well written, blames Hitler for every decision excerpt and text search
  • Kershaw, Ian. Hitler, 1889-1936: Hubris. (1999). 700 pp. the leading scholarly biography, vol 1 excerpt and text search
  • Kershaw, Ian. Hitler, 1936-1945: Nemesis. (2000). 832 pp. The leading scholarly biography, vol 2 excerpt and text search
  • Kershaw, Ian. Hitler (2002) short interpretation excerpt and text search
  • Kershaw, Ian. The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich (2001) excerpt and text search
  • Nicholls, David. Adolf Hitler: A Biographical Companion. ABC-CLIO, 2000. 344 pp.
  • Overy, Richard. "Hitler as War Leader" in I. C. B. Dear, and M. R. D. Foot. eds. The Oxford Companion to World War II (1995))
  • Overy, Richard. The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Rosenbaum, Ron. Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil. (1998). 448 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Stone, Norman. Hitler. 1980. 224 pp
  • Toland, John. Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography (1991); popular biography; Kershaw is much more definitive excerpt and text search
  • Welch, David. Hitler: Profile of a Dictator (2001). 144pp excerpt and text search

Vienna

  • Brigitte Hamann, Hitlers Wien. Lehrjahre eines Diktators, München 1996.
    Hitler’s Vienna: A dictator’s apprenticeship. (Translated from the German by Thomas Thornton.) New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.ISBN 0-19-512537-1.

Antisemitism and Holocaust

  • Aronson, Shlomo. Hitler, the Allies, and the Jews. Cambridge U. Press, 2004. 382 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Burleigh, Michael. The Third Reich: A New History. (2000). 864 pp., stresses central role of antisemitism. excerpt and text search
  • Dawidowicz, Lucy. The War against the Jews, 1933-45, (1977). excerpt and text search
  • Friedlander, Saul. Nazi Germany and the Jews: Volume 1: The Years of Persecution 1933-1939 (1998)
  • Friedlander, Saul. The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945 (2007), the standard history excerpt and text search
  • Gutman, Israel, ed. Encyclopedia of the Holocaust, 4 vol (1989)
  • Heinsohn, Gunnar. "What Makes the Holocaust a Uniquely Unique Genocide?" Journal of Genocide Research 2000 2(3): 411-430. Issn: 1462-3528 Fulltext: in Ebsco
  • Levy, Richard, ed. Antisemitism: A Historical Encyclopedia of Prejudice and Persecution (2 vol. 2005)
  • Wistrich, Robert S. Hitler and the Holocaust. 2001. 295 pp.

Nazi State

  • Abel, Theodore. Why Hitler Came into Power. (1986). 315 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Binion, R. Hitler among the Germans (1976). public opinion inside Germany
  • Bracher, Karl D. The German Dictatorship: The Origins, Structure and Consequences of National Socialism (1973). highly influential analysis by political scientist
  • Burleigh, Michael. The Third Reich: A New History. (2000). 864 pp., stresses central role of antisemitism. excerpt and text search
  • Craig, Gordon. Germany, 1866-1945 (1999) ch 15-20 online at ACLS e-books
  • Evans, Richard J. The Coming of the Third Reich: A History. (2004). 622 pp. The standard history excerpt and text search
  • Evans, Richard J. The Third Reich in Power: 1933-1939. (2005). 800 pp. The standard history excerpt and text search
  • Kershaw, Ian. The "Hitler Myth": Image and Reality in the Third Reich. (1987). 297 pp.
  • Kershaw, Ian. The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation (3rd edition, 1999)
  • Knox, Macgregor. "1 October 1942: Adolf Hitler, Wehrmacht Officer Policy, and Social Revolution." Historical Journal 2000 43(3): 801-825. Issn: 0018-246x in JSTOR
  • König, Wolfgang. "Adolf Hitler Vs. Henry Ford: the Volkswagen, the Role of America as a Model, and the Failure of a Nazi Consumer Society." German Studies Review 2004 27(2): 249-268. ISSN: 0149-7952
  • Overy, Richard J. War and Economy in the Third Reich. Oxford U. Press, (1994). 390 pp. online edition
  • Overy, Richard J. The Nazi Economic Recovery 1932-38 (1982).
  • Overy, Richard J. The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Third Reich (1997) excerpt and text search
  • Overy, Richard J. "Hitler's war and the German economy: a reinterpretation," Economic History Review 35 (1982), 272-91: in JSTOR
  • Overy, Richard J. "The Nazi Economy - Was It Geared to War?." History Review Issue: 31. 1998. pp 4+. online edition
  • Shirer, William L. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, (1960) well-written popular history; no longer considered authoritative
  • Tooze, Adam. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy, (2007) 800 pp.
  • Turner, Henry Ashby, Jr. Hitler's Thirty Days to Power: January 1933. 1996. 272 pp.
  • Williamson, David. "Was Hitler a Weak Dictator?," History Review. 2002. pp 9+. online version
  • Zentner, Christian and Bedürftig, Friedemann, eds. The Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. 2 vol. 1991. 1120 pp.

Military and diplomatic

see also the Bibliography at World War II, Origins

  • Bell, P.M.H. The Origins of the Second World War in Europe (3rd ed. 2007)
  • Deutsch, Harold C. Hitler and His Generals: The Hidden Crisis, January-June 1938, 1974 online edition
  • Deist, Wilhelm et al., ed. Germany and the Second World War. Vol. 1: The Build-up of German Aggression. (1991). 799 pp., official German history
  • Duffy, James P. Hitler Slept Late: And Other Blunders That Cost Him the War, (1991). online edition
  • Henig, Ruth. The Origins of the Second World War 1933-1939 (2nd ed 2005) short survey excerpt and text search
  • Herzstein, Robert Edwin. Roosevelt and Hitler: Prelude to War. (1989) 500pp
  • Hildebrand, Klaus. The Foreign Policy of the Third Reich, (1973).
  • Leitz, Christian. Nazi Foreign Policy, 1933-1941: The Road to Global War (2004) online edition
  • Lukes, Igor. The Munich Crisis, 1938: Prelude to World War II (1999), 416pp excerpt and text search
  • Martienssen, Anthony. Hitler and His Admirals, (1949) online edition
  • Overy, Richard. The Road to War (2nd ed. 2000) excerpt and text search
  • Overy, Richard and Timothy Mason, "Debate: Germany, “Domestic Crisis” and War in 1939" Past and Present, Number 122, February 1989. pages 200-240
  • Read, Anthony and Fisher, David. The Deadly Embrace: Hitler, Stalin and the Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941. (1988). 675 pp.
  • Record, Jeffrey. The Specter of Munich: Reconsidering the Lessons of Appeasing Hitler (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Tooze, Adam. "Hitler's Gamble?" History Today 2006 56(11): 22-28. Issn: 0018-2753 Fulltext: Ebsco, economic causes
  • Tooze, Adam. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (2007) influential emphasis that Hitler began to rearm in 1933
  • Watt, Donald C. How War Came (1989) comprehensive history of 1938-39
  • Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (1994) online at ACLS e-books; excerpt and text search
  • Weinberg, Gerhard. The Foreign Policy of Hitler's Germany: Starting World War II, 1937-1939, (1980) ISBN 0-226-88511-9.
  • Weinberg, Gerhard L. Germany, Hitler, and World War II: Essays in Modern German and World History. (1995). 336 pp.
  • Wilt, Alan F. War from the Top: German and British Military Decision Making during World War II. Indiana U. Press, 1990. 390 pp. excerpt and text search

Comparative

  • Bullock, Alan. Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives. (1992). 1081 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Dear, I. C. B., and M. R. D. Foot. eds. The Oxford Companion to World War II (2002) 1100pp; the most complete encyclopedia; strong on military and economic affairs
  • Englund, Steven. "Napoleon and Hitler." Journal of the Historical Society 2006 6(1): 151-169. Issn: 1529-921x Fulltext: in Ebsco
  • Kershaw, Ian. "Hitler and the Uniqueness of Nazism." Journal of Contemporary History 2004 39(2): 239-254. Issn: 0022-0094 Fulltext: in Ebsco
  • Kershaw, Ian. Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941 (2007) 656pp excerpt and text search
  • Lukacs, John. June 1941: Hitler and Stalin. (2006). 192 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Overy, Richard. The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia (2005) excerpt and text search
  • Weinberg, Gerhard L. A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (1994) online at ACLS e-books; excerpt and text search
  • Wilt, Alan F. War from the Top: German and British Military Decision Making during World War II. Indiana U. Press, 1990. 390 pp. excerpt and text search

Primary sources

  • Heiber, Helmut and Glantz, David M., ed. Hitler and His Generals: Military Conferences 1942-1945. 2 vol. (2003). 1100 pp.
  • Adolf Hitler. Mein Kampf (numerous editions)