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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Haffner Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504627337
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When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at age ninety-one in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers that offers a compelling eyewitness account of the rise of Hitler and Nazism. He describes the country’s inflation and the political climate that contributed to Hitler’s rise to power and also examines the pervasive influence of such groups as the Free Corps and the Hitler Youth movement that swept the nation. He elucidates how the average educated German grappled with a rapidly changing society, while chronicling day-to-day changes in attitudes, beliefs, politics, and prejudices.

A major bestseller in Germany, Defying Hitler is an illuminating portrait of a time, a place, and a people.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A short, stabbing, brilliant book…It is important, first, as evidence of what one intelligent German knew in the 1930s about the unspeakable nature of Nazism, at a time when the overwhelming majority of his countrymen claim to have known nothing at all.  And, second, for its rare capacity to reawaken anger about those who made the Nazis possible.”

    Sunday Telegraph (London)

  • “An electrifying discovery.”

    Die Zeit (Hamburg)

  • “Sebastian Haffner was Germany’s political conscience…this is a memoir of frightening relevance today.”

    Stern (Germany)

  • “The most important book of the year.”

    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

  • “Unsurpassable…Wonderfully written…There is an exceptional literary power in what he writes…Haffner’s brief autobiography is replete with historical insights, expressed with a lightness of touch and a literary verve.”

    Literary Review (UK)

  •  “A remarkable account…Deserves a wide readership elsewhere in the world.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A small masterpiece.”


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About the Author
Author Sebastian Haffner

Sebastian Haffner (1938–1999) was born in Berlin. In 1938 he emigrated to England where he began writing for the Observer. He returned to Germany in 1954 and became the bestselling author of, among other works, The Rise and Fall of Prussia, From Bismarck to Hitler, and The Meaning of Hitler.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.