A Contemporary Account of Nazi Germany. With an introduction by Neal Ascherson
A few years ago, Sebastian Haffner's DEFYING HITLER, a memoir about growing up in interwar Germany, sold over forty thousand copies. After he moved to Britain in the 1930s Haffner became so shocked about the situation in his native country that he wrote this book, GERMANY: JEKYLL AND HYDE, in an effort to help people understand the danger Hitler presented to the world. An incredibly accessible book, it is packed with acute analysis of both Hitler and the German people - from the Nazi leaders all the way down to those who opposed them - and is a must-read for anyone interested in the literature of the Second World War.
Sebastian Haffner's book is unmatched as a contemporary analysis of the Third Reich. It is quite remarkable that, writing in 1940, he could produce such acute insights into Hitler's character and political hold over Germany IAN KERSHAW
Sebastian Haffner, geb. 1907 in Berlin, war promovierter Jurist. Er emigrierte 1938 nach England, wo er als Journalist für den 'Observer" arbeitete'. Seine 'Geschichte eines Deutschen' verfasste er 1939 im Londoner Exil. 1954 kehrte er nach Deutschland zurück, schrieb zunächst für die 'Welt', später für den 'Stern'. Haffner ist Autor einer Reihe historischer Bestseller, u. a. 'Anmerkungen zu Hitler'. Er starb 1999.