Without his persuasive gifts—his ability to use rhetoric—Hitler could never have become Germany’s Chancellor and modern history’s ultimate villain. Consequently, anyone who wants to understand the villain has to understand his rhetoric.

Ryan skinnell, Hitler’s Rhetoric

Mock-up of book cover for Hitler's Rhetoric

The Book

Hitler’s Rhetoric examines the rhetoric Adolf Hitler used to persuade tens of millions of people to support, or at least accept, Nazism.


Dr. Ryan Skinnell’s published essays, op-eds, and blog posts about Hitler’s rhetoric, especially as it relates to contemporary influences and implications.

Adolf Hitler, speaking poses, 1930

[Hitler’s] main ability by far…was that in the prevailing circumstances he could inspire an audience which shared his basic political feelings, by the way he spoke, by the force of his rhetoric.

sir Ian kershaw, Hitler: Hubris, 1889-1936

About Me

Dr. Ryan Skinnell is an award-winning writer and speaker. He is an expert in political rhetoric, especially as it relates to authoritarianism, demagoguery, and democracy. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Salon, among other places.