- A Memoir
- Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
- Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 04-30-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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A major best seller in Germany now available for the first time in English, Defying Hitler is an illuminating portrait of a time, a place, and a people.
"[A] masterpiece...A series of vignettes that vividly convey the texture of life under an emerging totalitarian regime." (The New York Times Book Review)
"A vivid examination of just how Hitler's ascension affected an ordinary German....This intimate self-portrait stands with Victor Klemperer's two-part memoir, I Will Bear Witness, as evidence that the personal can offer insight into the political tragedy of Nazism." (Publishers Weekly)
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By GLENN on 08-27-04
A story of moral courage
Being interested in the history of World War II, I found the title intriguing, but felt uneasy about starting this book. I expected horrors. I was surprised at how reassuring this book was. The persistence of one person's moral center of gravity during a society's terrible moral collapse is profoundly moving. The chapter on "comradeship" is a brilliant essay on the way even a self-aware person can temporarily lose himself in group loyalty. The description of atrocities is chillingly understated. Haffner shows an astonishing ability to connect social, political, psychological and ethical themes. The prose is musical. I came away with a better understanding of how the world, at least the Western world, has changed since fascism, and with greater confidence in the future.
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By Douglas on 06-12-04
Gripping and intelligent. What would my reaction have been were I a young man in Nazi Germany? I hope I would be even just a little like this man. I left this book feeling much deeper sense of the internal struggles with the myriad of external struggles. This is a captivating and must read both for its historical content but also, and most importantly, its ethical content.
34 of 35 people found this review helpful