Personality and Power: Builders and Destroyers of Modern Europe


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Penguin Press
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6.46 X 9.34 X 1.69 inches | 1.77 pounds

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About the Author

Ian Kershaw, author of To Hell and Back, The End, Fateful Choices, and Making Friends with Hitler, is a British historian of twentieth-century Germany noted for his monumental biographies of Adolf Hitler. In 2002, he received his knighthood for services to history. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Bonn, Germany.


"[A] Deft and thoughtful work of synthesis." --Wall Street Journal

"Illuminating . . . an insightful series of essays about 12 exceptional leaders who stood at the centre of Europe's 20th century." --Financial Times

"Sir Ian Kershaw, the great (in both senses) biographer of Adolf Hitler, makes an important contribution to this debate . . . persuasive and nuanced pen-portraits . . . well-researched, well-written and thought-provoking." --Daily Telegraph

"Lucid portraits of the leaders who shaped Europe's 20th century . . . There is much to be admired in Kershaw's cogent and astute analysis." --The Observer

"Enlightening and stimulating . . . These excellent in-depth profiles of major figures and their influence on millions of people help us better understand why the world is as it is today." --BookPage

"Through sharp profiles of key figures, Kershaw provides an important framework for understanding power and how it is used." --Kirkus

"Striking an expert balance between personality profiles and political and social analysis, this is a rewarding study of a turbulent century in European history." -- Publishers Weekly

"Few historians are better qualified to answer these questions than Ian Kershaw ... As always, he proves a splendid miniaturist, expertly sketching personalities and philosophies in a few coolly judged lines ... If Kershaw's book has a contemporary lesson, it is that societies are probably happiest and healthiest when leaders matter least." --Sunday Times (UK)