|Plot Summary of Defying Hitler|
|"Sebastian Haffner was the pen name of a German-born journalist named Raimund Pretzel who fled Germany for England in 1938 and became known as a "British" journalist and historian during and after the war. This manuscript, which details the Germany of his youth and the rise of Hitler, was written shortly after his escape, but filed away when the war broke out. His son only discovered it after his death in 1999 and it was a smash bestseller in Germany. In it, Haffner describes what it was like for thoughtful, liberal Germans to see their country taken over by monsters, and how so many "ordinary" Germans could have failed to resist, even participated. It starts slow and analytical, but when the author gets to the personal narrative about his Jewish friends and girlfriend, the changes in his Berlin society and neighborhood, and the grotesque "training camp" which he and other aspiring lawyers were forced to attend before being allowed to take their qualifying exam, the book becomes gripping."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Defying Hitler|
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Political/social rights fight
- fights between different pol/social groups
War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- impact on civilian
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a lawyer creature
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 3 ()
- fort/military installation
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Commentary on society?
- justice system
- wicked men
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- A lot 11-15 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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