Book Review

Steve Kaufman


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.

Otherwise, history is history for a reason. Proud Germany was bound to react following the ...


American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s march to the abyss, as seen through the eyes of Americans—diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who watched horrified and up close. By tapping a rich vein of personal testimonies, Hitlerland offers a gripping narrative full of surprising twists—and a startlingly fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.