The Cutting Edge

 

Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power. Andrew Nagorski. Simon and Shuster, 2011. 400 pages.

Hitlerland: a term coined in the Berlin-based 1930s by International News Service writer Pierre John Huss to describe Nazi Germany. Huss. Huss, who later worked as one of the so-called "Murrow's Boys" assembled by the legendary broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, interviewed Adolf Hitler multiple times. William Shirer, who also knew a thing or two about Germany in the '30s, described Huss as "slick, debonair, and ambitious."

Nazi Violence Through American Eyes

 

Martha Dodd was 24 when she arrived in Berlin in the summer of 1933 with her father, the new American ambassador, her mother, and brother. Recalling her state of mind later, she stressed how naïve and uninformed she was about politics, with almost no idea about what Germany would be like -- or what its new Nazi rulers represented.

USA TODAY Books: New and Noteworthy

 

We scope out the hottest books on sale the week of March 11.

1.Monday Mornings

By Sanjay Gupta, M.D. (Grand Central, $24.99, fiction, on sale March 13)

What it's about: This first novel revolves around five surgeons at fictional Chelsea General in Detroit, who each Monday morning face the difficult "Morbidity and Mortality" meeting - where their mistakes go under the scalpel.

Courier-Journal.com Book Review

 

On nearly every page of Andrew Nagorski's "Hitlerland," you might find yourself shouting into the book, "No, stop him now!" Unfortunately, there's no point in shouting. The damage had already been done, decades ago. And who was to stop Adolf Hitler, anyway? American diplomats? Journalists? Tourists?

In fact, the one American in Germany with a real chance to change the course of history instead talked Hitler out of taking his own life in 1924, after the Nazis' failed Munich beer hall putsch.

The Globalist's Top Books of 2012

 

From the legacy of British colonialism and the possibility of Hitler's assassination to Turkey's role in the Arab Middle East and Afghanistan's cotton fields, The Globalist Bookshelf crisscrossed the world and spanned centuries of history in 2012. As a year-end special, we present ten of the best books featured on The Globalist this year (along with five others for good measure).

 

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Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World

The Globalist's Top Books of 2012

From the legacy of British colonialism and the possibility of Hitler's assassination to Turkey's role in the Arab Middle East and Afghanistan's cotton fields, The Globalist Bookshelf crisscrossed the world and spanned centuries of history in 2012. As a year-end special, we present ten of the best books featured on The Globalist this year (along with five others for good measure).

  1. Waging War on Corruption: Inside the Movement Fighting the Abuse of Power
    By Frank Vogl

The Woman Who Prevented Hitler's Suicide

In 1923, moments before he was arrested for treason for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch, Adolf Hitler considered taking his own life. It was a young American woman, writes Andrew Nagorski in Hitlerland, who may have prevented Hitler's suicide — an act that would have averted the awful consequences of his political resurrection.

Seattle Weekly - New Year, New Books. And of course, new rock.

Yep, here we go again. 2013 will undoubtedly have the same ups and downs as every year: politics, births, deaths, crime, celebration, war, recession and economic upturn, mega-mergers, and downsizing. The only real changes we can look forward to with no collateral damage are in arts and culture. So here for discussion are some artistic events I have experienced of late, or simply look forward to.

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