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Germany: Jekyll & Hyde: An Eyewitness Analysis of Nazi Germany

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After he moved to Britain from Germany in the 1930s Sebastian Haffner became so shocked about the situation in his native country that he wrote this book in an effort to help people understand the danger Hitler presented to the world. Incredibly accessible, it is packed with acute analysis of both Hitler and the German people and is a must-read for anyone interested in the ...more
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Published 1996 by Knaur
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Lewis Weinstein
The sections on Hitler are excellent, providing a 1939 perspective from one of Germany's premier journalists, expressing his profound anger that Germany had allowed a monster to come to power and now had no ability to overthrow him.

... In spite of the treachery, deceit and fell play that accompanied the seizure and maintenance of power, Hitler has gained more adherents in Germany and come nearer to absolute power then anyone before him … he has secured for his regime at least the appearance of
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Christian Krüger
Jan 29, 2012 Christian Krüger rated it liked it
Haffner ist auf abenteuerliche Weise von Deutschland nach England gekommen, da schreibt er mitten in die Kriegszeit dieses Buch. Er gibt eine gelungene und von der Zeit bestätigte Analyse über das Hitlerreich ab. Er fragt sich, was soll mit Deutschland geschehen. Soll man mit ihnen Frieden schließen oder sie zur Kapitulation zwingen. Viele Punkte die er aufzeigt, sind aus heutiger Sicht selbstverständlich. Doch man darf nie vergessen, das Buch ist erstmals 1940 erschienen.
Durus1
Jun 20, 2015 Durus1 rated it really liked it
Haffner, a German author living in Germany in the 1930s, wrote a prescient and insightful analysis, originally published in London in 1940, on the rise of Nazi Germany and its likely consequences. He highlights the ineffectiveness of passive resistance to such a regime. Interestingly, Haffner specifically describes the rise of Nazism as the falling of an "iron curtain" in Germany.
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May 02, 2012 Elliot rated it it was amazing
An excellent book... the author writes in 1940 and slices his German countrymen into sensible groups, to answer my toughest question: "What the heck were they thinking?"

No shortage of belittlement for Hitler. I guess that's to be expected. He correctly predicts Hitler's suicide and a dozen other things.
Marin
Jul 07, 2016 Marin rated it did not like it
The idea of a book written before the Second World War and giving an inside view of the Nazi regime looked appealing.
Unfortunately I discovered very little I did not know from other books about how the Hitler regime was behaving at the time the style is too convoluted with references unintelligible for nowadays reader.

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Apr 28, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
author is chilling in his predictions about the third reich.and what it meant to live in germany at the time.
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Sebastian Haffner (the pseudonym for Raimund Pretzel) was a German journalist and author whose focus was the history of the German Reich (1871-1945). His books dealt with the origins and course of the First World War, the failure of the Weimar Republic and the subsequent rise and fall of Nazi Germany under Hitler.

In 1938 he emigrated from Nazi Germany with his Jewish fiancée to London, hardly able
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