eglazier, August 15, 2009 (view all comments by eglazier)
This is one of those works that attempts to answer, and does, how a lawful,civilized society with generally deep religious faith could have been turned into a natioal killing machine. the work also describes in some detail who did the killing, how much they did, and how they did it.
the lessions are to be well taken, for now, during this political fight over healthcare in the u.s., one can easily see how, by the use of the big lie repeated over and over again, a normally civilized and mostly genteel society can be panicked into doing and saying things that are at best outlandish and working against their own interest and at worst the chance for our society to go down a path from which there would be no return.
though the pundits repeat constantly that it could never happen here, one need only listen to the violent hatred spewed by many; plain citizens, radio and tv talking heads, and some of our elected politicians, to understand that it can.
we have seen this happen before in our history, with a close example during the 1930s when we had father coughlin spewing hatred, the famous like charles lindbergh and joe kenedy praising the rise of the nazis in germany because they were doing something to rid their country of 'undesireables'. mussolini was praiseworthy because he made the trains run on time, all the while he was clamping down on freedom in italy. our country in some ways is easily led to disaster. i do not believe it will happen now, but it is easy to see the beginnings of such a pathway.
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darkinsc, May 18, 2009 (view all comments by darkinsc)
Would it be too much to ask for Powell's to proofread reviews before putting them online? The review of this particular book is riddled with typos! There really is no excuse for not proof reading.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Describing the Third Reich from the height of its power to its collapse, Evans concludes the masterful trilogy that began with The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich in Power. As in those works, Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich's history and of the enormous historical literature. The account is peppered with insightful anecdotes drawn from diaries, letters and speeches. What comes across most clearly is the supreme arrogance of the Nazis and the utterly rapacious character of their rule. Evans gives the Holocaust the centrality it deserves, while also depicting effectively the suffering of Poles and many others under Nazi domination. Evans offers a nuanced picture of the lives of Germans, but ultimately, he suggests, the Nazis' racial ideology thoroughly corrupted German society. Evans narrates the Reich's end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans's fellow historians as well as a broader public will read this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author's narrative powers. Illus., maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The final volume in Evans's masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a people's community to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler's campaign of racial subjugation and genocide.
An absorbing, revelatory, and definitive account of one of the greatest tragedies in human history
Adroitly blending narrative, description, and analysis, Richard J. Evans portrays a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. Interweaving a broad narrative of the war's progress from a wide range of people, Evans reveals the dynamics of a society plunged into war at every level. The great battles and events of the conflict are here, but just as telling is Evans's re- creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermi­nation of the Jews. The final book in Richard J. Evan's three-volume history of Hitler's Germany, hailed "a masterpiece" by The New York Times, The Third Reich at War lays bare the most momentous and tragic years of the Nazi regime.
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