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American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

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Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s march to the abyss, as seen through the eyes of Americans—diplomats, military officers, journalists, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who watched horrified and up close. By tapping a rich vein of personal testimonies, Hitlerland offers a gripping narrative full of surprising twists—and a startlingly fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.

Publishers Weekly Review

Dec 12, 2011 – This account by former Newsweek staffer Nagorski (The Greatest Battle) offers precise firsthand observations of Hitler and his place in history, beginning in the 1920s, as people tried to decide whether he could be dismissed as a nonentity or posed a serious threat to world order. For instance, one American journalist in 1932 called Hitler “effeminate” while also acknowledging the “little corporal’s” ability to “smell the trend of mass feeling” of discontent. Nagorski draws on the writings and recollections of Americans who witnessed Hitler’s meteoric rise; the result is a multidimensional view of the Austrian-born tyrant. The invaluable element of this character study of the enigmatic führer is the accumulative clout of the comments of famed American outsiders such as writers Sinclair Lewis and Thomas Wolfe; journalists Edward R. Murrow, Dorothy Thompson, and William Shirer; diplomat George Kennan; and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who called Hitler “a great man.” Nagorski is drawing from the same well as Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts, while lacking its strong narrative center. But Nagorski’s account is rich in anecdotal detail about how a man dismissed by many could hypnotize a nation and terrorize the world. 8 pages of b&w photos.

Customer Reviews

Great book

Great look into how so many people were fooled by this "clownish little man".

Great Reading

This is a fascinating look at the rise of Hitler and the Nazi's from the perspective of American and other journalists who witnessed events firsthand while stationed in Berlin. This is a must read for anyone interested in events and conditions that lead to WW II.

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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: History
  • Published: Mar 13, 2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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