When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at age ninety-one in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers that offers a compelling eyewitness account of the rise of Hitler and Nazism.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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""Living with teeth clenched" is how the author describes his existence in Germany during the rise of Nazism. As a non-Jewish citizen and a lawyer, his observations of the changes that took place in German society between his youth and the Third Reich's rise to power allow listeners to realize--by means of an intelligent mind--how it transpired. An aristocratic-sounding British reader for a German author begs our credulity. Furthermore, Robert Whitfield's dull monotone and long pauses at the end of each sentence don't add the needed color. Expect not to be entertained or spellbound but rather to gain a perspective unavailable from other WWII memoirs. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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