Hitler's Hangman

The Life of Heydrich

By Robert Gerwarth
(Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300115758, 336pp.)

Publication Date: October 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

A chilling biography of the head of Nazi Germany’s terror apparatus, a key player in the Third Reich whose full story has never before been told




About the Author

Robert Gerwarth is professor of modern history at University College Dublin and director of UCD’s Centre for War Studies.




Praise For Hitler's Hangman

“This admirable biography makes plausible what actually happened and makes human what we might prefer to dismiss as monstrous.”—Timothy Snyder, Wall Street Journal
-Timothy Snyder

“[A] probing biography…Gerwarth’s fine study shows in chilling detail how genocide emerged from the practicalities of implementing a demented belief system.”—Publishers Weekly

“Supremely enlightening.”—Jacob Heilbrunn, The New York Times Book Review
-Jacob Heilbrunn

“[M]eticulously takes us inside the Third Reich, face to face with the Nazi hero, revealing as few texts do how the bureaucracy of evil worked.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Gerwarth’s approach is subtle, painstaking and psychologically acute; it convincingly demonstrates that the historian’s tool of 'cold empathy' best clarifies the enduring question of what brings forth monsters.”—Roy Foster, Times Literary Supplement (Books of the Year)
-Roy Foster

Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich by Robert Gerwarth is superb on the making of evil.”—Frank Dikotter, The Daily Telegraph (Books of the Year)
-Frank Dikotter

“Robert Gerwarth’s Hitler’s Hangman: The Life of Heydrich is the outstanding definitive scholarly and heartbreakingly horrible biography of the repellent mastermind of the Holocaust.”—Simon Sebag Montefiore, BBC History Magazine (Books of the Year)
-Simon Sebag Montefiore

“Gerwarth…offers a first rate biography of one of history’s most notorious villains.”—Deseret News

"Gerwarth's mastery of primary sources and relevant secondary literature is impressive, and his integration of the most recent scholarship and historiographical perspectives on the Nazi dictatorship and the Holocaust make this fine biography even more compelling. An outstanding, exceptional book sure to become the standard account of one of the most infamous Nazi war criminals."—D.R. Snyder, Choice
-D.R. Snyder

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