They Thought They Were Free

  • by Milton Mayer
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

First published in 1955, They Thought They Were Free is an eloquent and provocative examination of the development of fascism in Germany. Milton Mayer's book is a study of 10 Germans and their lives from 1933-45, based on interviews he conducted after the war when he lived in Germany.
Mayer had a position as a research professor at the University of Frankfurt and lived in a nearby small Hessian town which he disguised with the name "Kronenberg". "These ten men were not men of distinction," Mayer noted, but they had been members of the Nazi Party; Mayer wanted to discover what had made them Nazis.


What the Critics Say

"Among the many books written on Germany after the collapse of Hitler's Thousand Year Reich, this book by Milton Mayer is one of the most readable and most enlightening." (New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Well put.

An intriguing and eye-opening look from the "other" perspective, with familiar overtones seen especially today.
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- Zachary B.

Disappointing except for the narrator

I persisted as long as I did before returning the book because of the performance by Michael Page. He almost made an uninteresting and unoriginal book seem good.
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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-23-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio