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“A model of popular intellectual history. . . . In every way, ?A Most Dangerous Book is a most brilliant achievement.”Washington Post
When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little book about the ancient Germans, he could not have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis would extol it as “a bible” and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the Germania inspiredand polarizedreaders long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard University, traces the wide-ranging influence of the Germania, revealing how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
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Table of Contents
Introduction The Portentous Past 15
1 The Roman Conquest of the Germanic Myth 29
2 Survival and Rescue 56
3 The Birth of the German Ancestors 81
4 Formative Years 105
5 Heroes' Songs 129
6 The Volk of Free-Spirited Northerners 153
7 White Blood 182
8 A Bible for National Socialists 214
Epilogue Another Reading, Another Book 245
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I do not know whether this book's writing was inspired by the success of the far superior "Swerve", which detailed the rediscovery of the last, lost copy of the Epicurean saga. Perhaps the author already had written his own book and it was only the success of "Swerve" that convinced a publisher to print this pale imitation. Regardless, this book is annoyingly redundant and skips past what could be the most interesting aspects of its history in thrall to demonstrate the author's meticulous research. I could have done less with mentioning every person to lay hands on Tacitus' Germanicus and more fleshing out of particular characters involved in its history, such as the humanistic papal secretary who rediscovered it (who also plays a pivotal and much more engagingly told part in the "Swerve") or even the Brothers Grimm. I love history, mysteries, and books so the premise of this book immediately grabbed my attention. Unfortunately it failed to live up to my expectations.I'm not convinced that Tacitus' tract was a most dangerous book, but this book is certainly a most boring one.
As an avid history fan, this book delivers a wonderful adventure of "history" through history. Definatly recommended for any history fan.