Chapter 1: The Historical Problem of Hitler Chapter 2: The Third Logic: The Background and Formal Structure of Abduction Chapter 3: Characteristics of Abduction Chapter 4: Abductive Logic in Literature Chapter 5: The Application of Peirce's Abductive Theory to Unraveling the Mystery of Hitler's Youth Chapter 6: The Genesis of the Fuehrer: The Birth of Hitler's Character Chapter 7: In That Hour it Began Chapter 8: Closing Argument: How Did He Do It?
Ben Novak is an independent scholar with an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in history, philosophy, and political science from Pennsylvania State University.
Hitler and Abductive Logic: The Strategy of a Tyrant is
thought-provoking and extremely creative, exploring aspects and
influences of Hitler's formative years that other biographers and
historians have not examined to the same degree of detail. The
application of the logic of abduction to Hitler's mental
development is fascinating, and clearly no other author has tried
to apply Peirce's description to Hitler in such a way. -- Beth A.
Griech-Polelle, Pacific Lutheran University
The amount of literature on Adolf Hitler is astounding. And yet, as Ben Novak demonstrates, historians still have not fully explained how this ill-educated and irrational provincial Austrian actually rose to power in Germany. This work uses the concept of abductive logic both as a means of investigating the mystery of Hitler's rise to power and as a way to understand the mind and character of Hitler. Novak's book, written in an engaging narrative style, offers a compelling argument for a new approach to the mystery of Hitler's rise to power. -- Jackson Spielvogel, Pennsylvania State University