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Germany: Jekyll And Hyde

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349118895

Price: £11.99

ON SALE: 24th January 2008

Genre: Humanities / History

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A few years ago, Sebastian Haffner’s DEFYING HITLER, a memoir about growing up in interwar Germany, sold over forty thousand copies. After he moved to Britain in the 1930s Haffner became so shocked about the situation in his native country that he wrote this book, GERMANY: JEKYLL AND HYDE, in an effort to help people understand the danger Hitler presented to the world.

An incredibly accessible book, it is packed with acute analysis of both Hitler and the German people – from the Nazi leaders all the way down to those who opposed them – and is a must-read for anyone interested in the literature of the Second World War.


Haffner's clear-sighted analysis annihilates any claim by his contemporaries not to have known about Nazi crimes. Apocryphally, Churchill told his cabinet to read this book so that they would understand the Nazi threat. We should do likewise to understand how close we came to ignoring it
Sebastian Haffner's book is unmatched as a contemporary analysis of the Third Reich. It is quite remarkable that, writing in 1940, he could produce such acute insights into Hitler's character and political hold over Germany
An alarm call trying to awaken the British to the unique nature of Hitler and the Nazi regime ... Remarkably prescient
A powerful and sustained text . . . it explodes with rhetorical fireworks. Haffner produces a convincing picture of the Nazis, their numbers, their power and the destructive nihilism that united them
Giles MacDonogh, BBC HISTORY