Timothy W. Ryback

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Timothy W. Ryback is the Deputy-Secretary General of the Académie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris, and co-founder of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation in The Hague. He was previously Director and Vice President of the Salzburg Global Seminar and a lecturer in the Concentration of History and Literature at Harvard University.

Ryback has written on European history, politics and culture for numerous publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker and The New York Times. He is also author of The Last Survivor: Legacies of Dachau, published by Pantheon in 2000, a New York Times notable book for 2000. He also wrote Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life, published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2008. The book has appeared in more than two dozen editions around the world, and has been both praised for the insights it yields into Hitler's life and personality[1][2] and criticized for some imprecisions (for instance in its discussion of Thomas Carlyle)[3] and its lack of comprehensiveness.[4] Ian Kershaw has praised the book for being “elegantly written, meticulously researched, fascinating”.[5]

Ryback is also author of Rock Around the Bloc: A History of Rock Music in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, published by Oxford University Press in 1989.

Works (Selection)[edit]

  • Timothy W. Ryback (2010) (in German), Hitlers Bücher: seine Bibliothek - sein Denken, Köln: Fackelträger-Verl., ISBN 978-3-7716-4437-6
  • Timothy W. Ryback (2008) (in German), Hitler's private library: the books that shaped his life, New York: Knopf, ISBN 978-1-4000-4204-3
  • Timothy W. Ryback (2000) (in German), Der letzte Überlebende: auf der Suche nach Alfred Zahlenfeldt, Berlin: Siedler, ISBN 3-88680-691-X
  • Timothy W. Ryback (1990) (in German), Rock around the bloc: a history of rock music in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, New York: Oxford Univ. Press, ISBN 0-19-505633-7

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Timothy Ryback's 'Hitler's Private Library'". New York Sun. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  2. ^ Conrad, Peter (2009-02-01). "Books that fuelled the Führer". The Observer. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  3. ^ Heffer, Simon (2009-02-06). "Hitler's Private Library: the Books that Shaped his Life by Timothy Ryback - review". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Hitler's Private Library by Timothy W. Ryback". The Complete Review. Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  5. ^ Kershaw, Ian (2008-09-24). "Timothy Ryback's 'Hitler's Private Library'". New York Sun. Retrieved 2011-12-28.