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I have just one word to describe this book: BORING! I guess if you are incredibly curious about Germany and its social climate during the years preceding Hitler's rise and the subsequent persecution of the Jews, this may be of interest to you. But otherwise, it didn't seem to have much of a point. The text is liberally filled with German words; a good understanding of the language would facilitate your appreciation of this book. The only interesting aspect is the fact that the author completed and published his father's book, which was written under a pseudonym, due to the political climate of the era.
A fascinating look at how big events unfold slowly, and how they affect the life of the average man. Although the author never becomes anyone famous during this portion of his life, and has no direct affect on history, his powers of perception and observation are uncanny. I learned a lot about how history creeps up on us, how extraordinary times can become daily life, and the inner workings of a society in distress.
I found this book to be amazing. It was entertaining and informative. I have read a lot on Nazi Germany, but this was the first I've read that put it in a perspective of one average person and the effects that occured in their life. If you want to understand how a country can succomb to tyranny, read this book!
I thought this book was fascinating, and the reader was fine. If you ever wondered how the German people let Hitler happen, this book has an explanation that makes sense. While a very personal memoir, it is a memoir that seems universal to a great many Germans, and illuminates the psychology of the German people that contributed to WW II. It also talks about what happened in Germany between the wars, something I know very little about and found very interesting. I only wish he had completed it to the end of the war.
I've always wondered how a nation like Germany could fall for the ideology of Hitler and the Nazi Party. This author was in a position in his life to successfully chronicle the take over of a nation. This book is extremely well written and contrary to other opinions extremely well read.
This book was awful, I love history especially this time period, but I sent this back after only hearing 3 of the cd's. Maybe it was the person reading it but I found it very irritating and hard to follow.
Astonishing book! What an eye-opener. Very strongly recommended.
This book is truly a treasure as a snapshot of another time. When you consider it was written before Hitler had reached his apex of power, the insight is truly remarkable.
"Defying Hitler" is an intriguing & introspective account of one man's life in the midst of nightmarish times. Artfully blending historical facts with deeply personal commentary, Sebastian Haffner offers us a peek into many of the reasons that Hitler came to power & was able to control millions of minds. Haffner offers no excuses for his generation's behavior, a stance that is sorely lacking in many biographies or personal reflections of pre-war Germany. It is unfortunate that he did not or could not complete his memoirs. Had he been able to share his writings with the world during the rise of Nazification, this book would be have been on equal footing with William Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich". For anyone interested in World War II or who simply wants to understand how such evil can proliferate, "Defying Hitler" is a must-read. Haffner's writing is superb, thought-provoking & elegant; intelligent & beautiful, filled with an old-world charm.
A fascinating account of the period which is worth listening to all the way through. But a TERRIBLE reader; the German words are mangled and unintelligible.
Sebastian Haffner was 'one of the outstanding figures in European journalism' (Guardian, 1999). He emigrated to London from Berlin in the 1930s and became a vocal critic of the Nazi regime, writing influential articles in the Observer. After the war, he became Germany's pre-eminent political commentator. His many books include Germany: Jekyll and Hyde.