The Last Winter of the Weimar Republic: The Rise of the Third Reich

Pegasus. Feb. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781643133331. $29.95. HIST
The Nazis’ rise to power, a story of political corruption, economic instability, and social unrest, is likely familiar to most students of World War II history. Perhaps less well known is how uncertain and swiftly the events that culminated in Adolf Hitler’s appointment as German Chancellor unfolded. Debut authors Barth and Friederichs detail the ten-week period from November 17, 1932 to January 30, 1933, illuminating how constitutional disregard and shifting political alliances—characterized by clandestine meetings, rampant cronyism, partisanship, scheming, and outright malice—brought down a government. Based on a deep reading of primary sources, the authors effectively employ a nonfiction narrative style of short headlines and paragraphs. The result is a gripping day-to-day account, with news about riots, propaganda, and thwarted political ambitions interspersed with unemployment figures, police reports, sports scores, and theater reviews. The book is solidly translated from German by Caroline Waight.
VERDICT Highly recommended for all readers of European history and global current events.

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