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4.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 54.14 out of 5 4.14 (21 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: April 2004 ISBN:
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When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at the age of 91 in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers.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 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 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 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 Benedict Reid | 9/5/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt Barker | 7/28/2013

    " I expected quite a bit more from this book, but this to me seemed more like a priviliged individual that while he did not agree with Hitler and his policies, he didn't really do anything to fight against it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 6/24/2013

    " Journal from a man who lived in Hitlers Germany, very bright thinker, I recommend all his books. This one was his first and reads like an novel/autobiography. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Parr | 5/22/2013

    " Outstanding. Shows how we need to learn from History's mistakes. Also how evil can come to power if citizens don't pay attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki | 10/19/2012

    " One of the first books for European History I genuinely looked forward to reading. Incredibly interesting and personal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lotte | 10/7/2012

    " A unique perspective among the WWII-era books I have read. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't benefit from reading this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 2/27/2012

    " I love this book and have read it twice. It's beautifully and powerfully written "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Godowd | 2/12/2012

    " Excellent book for those wanting to hear from the people who had to live under the nazi regime. It was not all a bed of roses ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Wahtera | 10/22/2011

    " This memoir of growing up in Germany as Hitler was coming into power offers a remarkable first-person story. It should be required reading for us all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexandra | 10/4/2011

    " Really liked it, wish I could control the amount of time I spent reading more... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doreen | 4/21/2011

    " Die Geschichte zwischen den Kriegen kommt oft viel zu kurz. Dieses Buch hingegen macht neugierig auf Zeitdokumente und Hintergründe. Außerdem ein Lesevergnügen weil der Autor mit den Worten gut jonglieren kann. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mara | 3/21/2011

    " 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 Kaeti | 3/4/2010

    " haha the review they offer for this book has absolutely nothing to do with the book. I am so confused, like not even remotely the correct book... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 2/28/2010

    " I expected quite a bit more from this book, but this to me seemed more like a priviliged individual that while he did not agree with Hitler and his policies, he didn't really do anything to fight against it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wolfgang | 1/18/2010

    " Mein Lieblingsbuch zu historischen Themen.
    My favorite history book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 12/16/2009

    " Outstanding. Shows how we need to learn from History's mistakes. Also how evil can come to power if citizens don't pay attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claus | 10/9/2009

    " "Defying Hitler..." is a ridiculous translation of the German title. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 9/21/2009

    " Written before the war by a German youth and his struggle to deal with the rise of terror. It shows how somthing so horrific could come to be and how hard it was to resist... "

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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.