Book Review: Hitlerland

Recent cyber problems here at ZP (as well as work commitments) have left me with an enormous backlog of book-related posts and reviews with which to wade through this month, including re-starting the aborted “friends of zenpundit.com who wrote books” posts.  Here is the first of what hopefully should be many posts to help readers add to their antilibrary:

Generation War in conflict

Generation War in conflict

Andrew Nagorski, Oliver Mahrdt, Ingrid Scheib-Rothbart, Atina Grossmann and Ryszard Horowitz dissect Philipp Kadelbach's new film.

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Navigating the Constraints on Reporting from China

‘‘I ask myself why I stay on here,’’ William L. Shirer wrote in Berlin on Sept. 20, 1940, as World War II deepened and Nazi censorship of his CBS radio broadcasts became intolerable.

Jerusalem of Snow

The title of my book comes from the term American correspondents in Germany in the 30s used among themselves, but fascinating to see this JTA mention in a 1934 story from Jerusalem: "Local modistes flung their heart and soul into new window decorations, particularly the enterprising newcomers from Hitlerland."

Hannah Arendt: The Last Interview and Other Conversations

‘To think critically is always to be hostile,” the political philosopher Hannah Arendt declared in what turned out to be her last interview before her death in 1975. Pointing out that critical thought always challenges and undermines established rules and conventional wisdom, she added: “Thinking itself is such a dangerous enterprise.”

Lech Walesa's Starring Role

As the 25th anniversary of the seismic upheavals of 1989 approaches, EWI’s Andrew Nagorski writes about his experiences covering Lech Walesa and his Solidarity movement for the Polish magazine Focus Historia.

‘Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis’ by Robert M. Edsel

In 1914, shortly after Germany invaded neutral Belgium, the German authorities exacted revenge for the shooting of several of their soldiers on patrol in Louvain. They executed more than 200 civilians, then methodically set fire to homes and to the University of Louvain’s library. About 250,000 books went up in flames, including 800 that had been printed before the year 1500. Rebuilt and lavishly restocked between the wars, the library once again went up in flames in May 1940, the result of German shelling in World War II.

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