Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

by Andrew Nagorski
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Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power by Andrew Nagorski

Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s march to the abyss, as seen by Americans—diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who watched horrified and up close.

Some of the Americans in Hitler’s Germany were merely casual observers, others deliberately blind, a few were Nazi apologists. But most began slowly to understand what was unfolding, even when they found it difficult to grasp the breadth of the catastrophe.

Among the journalists, William Shirer understood what was happening. Edgar Mowrer, Dorothy Thompson, and Sigrid Schultz, reporters, were alarmed. Consul General George Messersmith distinguished. Truman Smith, the first American official to meet Hitler, was an astute political observer. Historian William Dodd, who FDR tapped as ambassador in Berlin, left disillusioned; his daughter Martha scandalized the embassy with her procession of lovers, Nazis she took up with; she ended as a Soviet spy.

On the scene were George Kennan, the architect of containment; Richard Helms, who rose to the top of the CIA. The writers Sinclair Lewis and Thomas Wolfe, famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, and the great athlete Jesse Owens came through Germany; so did a younger generation of journalists—Richard Hottelet, Hans V. Kaltenborn, Howard K. Smith, and Ed Murrow.

These Americans helped their reluctant countrymen begin to understand Nazi Germany as it ruthlessly eliminated political opponents, instilled hatred of Jews and anyone deemed a member of an inferior race, and readied its military and its people for a war for global domination. They helped prepare Americans for the years of struggle ahead.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439191019
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/19/2013
Pages: 385
Sales rank: 652,686
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Andrew Nagorski is vice president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute, a New York-based international affairs think tank. During a long career at Newsweek, he served as the magazine’s bureau chief in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw, and Berlin. He is the author of four previous books and has written for countless publications. He lives in Pelham Manor, New York.

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Hitlerland: Americans in Germany As the Nazis Rise to Power 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Dukewife More than 1 year ago
Similar to Larson's "In the Garden of Beasts" from last year, but different focus on sources make this book very good. Strictly for History Buffs! A look at Germany post WWI through the beginning of WWII using journalists as the source (their posts, memoirs both published & unpublished, & interviews) gives this bit different spin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hitlerland" is well written. It serves as a complement to William Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich as well as Shirer's other writings based upon his years living in Germany as the Nazis germenated and rose to power. I recommend "Hitlerland" as an ancillary to more in-depth and broader scope works.
KealaniAlexandra More than 1 year ago
Americans prowled all over Germany in the years of Hitler's rise to power. Who knew what was coming? Who swept what under the rug? How blind could the willfully blind be?
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jgtsogt More than 1 year ago
A great presentation of life in Germany in the 1930's thru the eyes of many foreign diplomats and media personnel. It clearly describes the transition of the German nation from a defeated country to the rise in power of Hitler and his Third Reich.
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I previously read Auschwitz. This book gives insight into the constellation of issues leading up to WWII. I understand much more now of the zeitgeist then.
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PubliusJH More than 1 year ago
Beauty/Totalitarianism/Enthusiasm/Cynicism is in the eye of the beholder. PubliusJH
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maria joined anya and feliciana. "Go to alfred f jones all res."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*walks bak in and sees him* o my gosh *walks over to him* do u want some help
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to know more, you can look it up on the internet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prussia closed his eyes as he puked again, this time it was just bile and blood. He moaned in spite of himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is thete hitler