Hitler: Ascent, 1889-1939 Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 6, 2016
A major new biography—an extraordinary, penetrating study of the man who has become the personification of evil.
“Ullrich reveals Hitler to have been an eminently practical politician—and frighteningly so. Timely… One of the best works on Hitler and the origins of the Third Reich to appear in recent years.”
“An outstanding study… All the huge, and terrible moments of the early Nazi era are dissected…but the real strength of this book is in disentangling the personal story of man and monster.”
—The Guardian (U.K.)
For all the literature about Adolf Hitler there have been just four seminal biographies; this is the fifth, a landmark work that sheds important new light on Hitler himself. Drawing on previously unseen papers and a wealth of recent scholarly research, Volker Ullrich reveals the man behind the public persona, from Hitler’s childhood to his failures as a young man in Vienna to his experiences during the First World War to his rise as a far-right party leader. Ullrich deftly captures Hitler’s intelligence, instinctive grasp of politics, and gift for oratory as well as his megalomania, deep insecurity, and repulsive worldview.
Many previous biographies have focused on the larger social conditions that explain the rise of the Third Reich. Ullrich gives us a comprehensive portrait of a postwar Germany humiliated by defeat, wracked by political crisis, and starved by an economic depression, but his real gift is to show vividly how Hitler used his ruthlessness and political talent to shape the Nazi party and lead it to power. For decades the world has tried to grasp how Hitler was possible. By focusing on the man at the center of it all, on how he experienced his world, formed his political beliefs, and wielded power, this riveting biography brings us closer than ever to the answer.
Translated from the German by Jefferson Chase.
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Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II JapanHardcover – September 13, 2016
The O’Reilly Factor is now in its 20th year. Twenty years is a long time by any yardstick, but particularly when measured in television years.
As we say most proudly, thanks to more than 5-million of you nightly, The Factor remains the most watched program on cable news, as it has throughout this time.
There is no letup in the planning and expectations for the show. Bill notes, “Looking ahead, politics is going to dominate, politics is really where we are at. We are going to dominate the election coverage, we are going to be ahead.”
Of course, as those of you familiar with the hard working Mr. O’Reilly are aware, his presence is felt in many places these days. In fact, you might call him practically ubiquitous. Some examples:
Bill’s latest book, Killing Reagan, is out, following in the path of the others that went to # 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. The Reagan story takes you behind the scenes of a president caught up in violent times.
As the description says, it is ” told in the same riveting fashion as Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, and Killing Patton…. (Killing Reagan) reaches back to the golden days of Hollywood, where Reagan found both fame and heartbreak, up through the years in California governor’s mansion, and finally to the White House, where he presided over boom years and the fall of the Iron Curtain. But it was John Hinckley Jr.’s attack on him that precipitated President Reagan’s most heroic actions.”
Highly successful National Geographic Channel movies have already been made of Bill’s books, with Killing Jesus, nominated for a primetime EMMY, just as Killing Lincoln was before it.
Coming up on National Geographic, there will be a movie made from Killing Patton and Killing Reagan. Bill also serves as Executive Producer on the Fox News Channel’s Legends & Lies, the real story of the legendary figures of the American West. Season two is on the horizon.
In addition, you can be on the lookout for Bill on the major television talk shows where he is a coveted guest, and as he continues hitting the road with Dennis Miller in their sought after national tour.
Here are the answers to those inevitable O’Reilly biographical questions: he was raised on Long Island, got his BA in history from Marist College, a Master’s in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University, and a second MA in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Bill’s first professional love was history and he taught it in high school before going into broadcasting. He’s also collected important historical documents for a long time.
Hard as it is to imagine, some day, perhaps, Bill will slow down. But not now. He still has a long way to go, and a great deal to accomplish. As Bill has always said, he can only do that because of your support, the people he calls “the folks.”
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