A Bone-Chilling Look at Hitler's Rise

Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic, a new book by Professor Benjamin Carter Hett (GC/Hunter, History), "should join your summer reading list" writes Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr.

The book is attracting widespread attention and praise.

In a review in The New York Times, Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale, calls Hett’s book an “extremely fine study of the end of constitutional rule in Germany.”

The book is especially compelling, Snyder points out, because of its relevance to present-day politics.

Although Hett omits any comparisons between Germany in the 1930s and the U.S. today, there are clear parallels, Snyder argues.

He writes that Hett “presents Hitler’s rise as an element of the collapse of a republic confronting dilemmas of globalization with imperfect instruments and flawed leaders. With careful prose and fine scholarship, with fine thumbnail sketches of individuals and concise discussions of institutions and economics, he brings these events close to us.”

In his Post column, Dionne writes that "Hett’s brisk and lucid study offers compelling new perspectives inspired by current threats to free societies around the world." He adds, "It is both eerie and enlightening how much of Hett’s account rings true in our time."

Hett, who holds a Ph.D. and a J.D., specializes in German history. This is his fourth book, and his third to address aspects of Nazi history.


Submitted on: AUG 9, 2018

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