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Hitlerland : American eyewitnesses to the Nazi rise to power
Andrew Nagorski
Adult Nonfiction DD253 .N225 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This account by former Newsweek staffer Nagorski (The Greatest Battle) offers precise firsthand observations of Hitler and his place in history, beginning in the 1920s, as people tried to decide whether he could be dismissed as a nonentity or posed a serious threat to world order. For instance, one American journalist in 1932 called Hitler "effeminate" while also acknowledging the "little corporal's" ability to "smell the trend of mass feeling" of discontent. Nagorski draws on the writings and recollections of Americans who witnessed Hitler's meteoric rise; the result is a multidimensional view of the Austrian-born tyrant. The invaluable element of this character study of the enigmatic fuhrer is the accumulative clout of the comments of famed American outsiders such as writers Sinclair Lewis and Thomas Wolfe; journalists Edward R. Murrow, Dorothy Thompson, and William Shirer; diplomat George Kennan; and aviator Charles Lindbergh, who called Hitler "a great man." Nagorski is drawing from the same well as Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, while lacking its strong narrative center. But Nagorski's account is rich in anecdotal detail about how a man dismissed by many could hypnotize a nation and terrorize the world. 8 pages of b&w photos. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Nagorski (director of public policy, EastWest Inst.; The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II) provides an insightful account of the views of Americans, including diplomats, journalists, authors, and expatriates, who resided in post-World War I Germany and witnessed the birth of the Nazi political machine. Much as in Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, Nagorski uses both published and unpublished material to provide detailed personal versions of this grim period of history. While Larson mainly focuses on American ambassador William E. Dodd and his family, Nagorski provides experiences and perceptions from a wide range of figures, such as diplomat George Kennan, novelist Sinclair Lewis, later CIA director Richard Helms, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and future television anchorman Howard K. Smith. Nagorski effectively demonstrates how Americans present in Germany during the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich were deeply affected and how many in fact grasped the horrific global implications. VERDICT A compelling work for World War II history buffs or anyone who wants to understand how such devastating evil emerged while the world seemingly watched. [See Prepub Alert, 9/22/11.]-Mary A. Jennings, Sno-Isle Libs., Camano Island, WA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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