Hitler’s Rhetoric examines the rhetoric Adolf Hitler used to persuade tens of millions of people to support, or at least accept, Nazism. Historians and rhetoricians alike recognize Hitler as “one of the great orators of history, perhaps the greatest in the twentieth century” and “an ideal example of the evil power of evil rhetoric.” He roused and radicalized fanatical supporters using his powerful rhetorical skills throughout the first decade and a half of his career.

Hitler and the Nazis were thoroughly rhetorical actors, and not by accident. Unfortunately, Hitler’s rhetoric is still pervasive in contemporary cultures around the world. Accordingly, understanding Hitler’s rhetoric is necessary for anyone who would recognize and resist imitators and like-minded innovators.

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“Hitler’s eloquence, his astonishing ability to move a German audience by speech, that more than anything else had swept him from oblivion to power as dictator and seemed likely to keep him there.”

William Shirer, The Nightmare Years

About Me

Dr. Ryan Skinnell is an award-winning writer and speaker. He is an expert in political rhetoric and public discourse, especially as it relates to authoritarianism, demagoguery, and extremism. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, The Hill, and Public Seminar, among other places.