Hitler: A Study in Tyranny (1952) was based on the transcripts of the Nuremberg trials and is regarded as one of the first comprehensive biographies of Hitler. Bullock paints Hitler as primarily a power-lusting opportunist devoid of any beliefs or principles. In 1991 John Campbell commented, "Although written so soon after the end of the war and despite a steady flow of fresh evidence and reinterpretation, it has not been surpassed in nearly 40 years: an astonishing achievement."
Alan Bullock worked as a research assistant for Churchill and was the founding master of St Catherine's College, Oxford. He later became Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. He is also the author of The Humanist Tradition in the West (1985). Some Bullock quotes:
Bullock by name, and Bullock by nature.
Democracy is not about making speeches. It is about making committees work.
Hitler's dictatorship rested on the constitutional foundation of a single law, the Enabling Law.
Spending a weekend with Hitler would have been boring in the extreme, although you would have had a greater certainty in coming back alive.
The corruption of people is to behave in an inhuman way.