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Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power By Andrew Nagorski ’69 - Discussion

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Some of the Americans in Germany were merely casual observers while others were deliberately blind. Most slowly began to understand the horror of what was unfolding, even when they found it difficult to grasp the breadth of the catastrophe. Observing Hitler and his movement up close, the most perceptive of these Americans helped their reluctant countrymen begin to understand the nature of Nazi Germany as it ruthlessly eliminated political opponents, instilled racial and religious hatred, and readied its military for a war of global domination.

By tapping a rich vein of personal testimonies, Nagorski offers a gripping narrative full of surprising twists—and a startlingly fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.

Comments

Even without much background knowledge, I was inevitably drawn in by Andrew and Doug's discussion about the book.  The key takeaway for me is that beyond understanding history, Andrew tells a story that resonates with many happening around the world today and how our actions shape the future.

Enjoyed the interview and have put the book on my "to read" list!  If it's OK to address a question to the author, then I'd like to ask what he thinks of Shirer's "Berlin Diaries".  Shirer is being criticized in the German press for having edited the diaries a lot before publishing them (in 1941, well after the outbreak of war), giving the impression that the wisdom he had in hindsight was something that had came spontaneously as he witnessed the events of the 1930s.  http://www.zeit.de/2012/32/Shirer-Berliner-Tagebuch-Hitler

Enjoyed the interview and have put the book on my "to read" list!  If it's OK to address a question to the author, then I'd like to ask what he thinks of Shirer's "Berlin Diaries".  Shirer is being criticized in the German press for having edited the diaries a lot before publishing them (well after the outbreak of war), giving the impression that the wisdom he had in hindsight was something that had came spontaneously as he witnessed the events of the 1930s.  http://www.zeit.de/2012/32/Shirer-Berliner-Tagebuch-Hitler

 
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