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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (574 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Haffner Narrator: Robert Whitfield Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at the age of 91 in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers. The book was begun in 1939, but with the advent of World War II, Haffner had set it aside. His family made the decision to publish it, and the book became a best seller in Germany in 2002. Spanning the period from 1907 to 1933, it offers a unique perspective on how the average educated German grappled with the rise of Hitler, the growing influence of Nazism, and a rapidly changing society.

Haffner's astute and compelling eyewitness accounts provide a broad overview of a country in a constant state of flux. He examines the pervasive influence of groups such as the Free Corps and the Hitler Youth movement that swept the nation. His own family's financial struggles illustrate the disaster that befell many of Germany's citizens during the apocalyptic year of 1923 when inflation devastated the country. The later peaceful but dangerously uninspiring Stresemann years contributed still further to Hitler's rise to power. This is an invaluable chronicling of day-to-day changes in attitudes, beliefs, politics, and prejudices.

A major best seller in Germany now available for the first time in English, Defying Hitler is an illuminating portrait of a time, a place, and a people.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mara | 2/10/2014

    " This is an excellent book. And an important book. I would not have read it if it was not a book club selection but I am so glad I did. If you have ever wondered how Hitler came to power and why no one stopped him, read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gabriel Schoenfeld | 1/26/2014

    " If Sebastian Haffner provides rich food for thought about basic historical issues surrounding Nazi Germany, he does much more besides, inviting readers to enter his own poignant inner life as he fought a losing battle against the encroachments of a state that left no crevice of the private realm untouched, and that called upon individuals not simply "to surrender but to renege." This book is a minor unfinished masterpiece. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mackenzie | 10/26/2013

    " This is one of the most intriguing books I've ever read. It gives some really unique insights into the common German citizen's reaction to Hitler's rise to power and the internal conflicts many of them experienced. Well-written, first-person narrative from someone who experienced it himself. I HIGHLY recommend it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Benedict Reid | 9/5/2013

    " Interesting artefact. But not really a good book in itself. "

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