The best Nazism books 📚

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Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler

By Bruce Henderson

Why this book?

Sons and soldiers is a remarkable book not so much due to the content, which is amazing in and of itself; it is remarkable due to the secrecy surrounding their selection, training, and operations decades after the war was over. These men each have their own tragic tales, which are offset by their bravery and dedication to serving their adopted country to the best of their abilities.
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The best books about military history and true stories of survival

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Gift from the Sea

By Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Why this book?

Anne Morrow Lindberg lived through the kidnapping and death of her child, the steady scrutiny of the press, and a husband who sympathized with the Nazis. She had to craft her own life amid turmoil and heartbreak.  But I didn’t know her full story when I first read this book in college. I was drawn to it for the power of wisdom she found while walking a Florida beach.

I’ve lived most of my life near the ocean and her powerful, timeless truths drawn from simple shells and sea life captured both my heart and imagination. Over the course of…

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The best books for surviving (and thriving) in disruptive times

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The Nazi Seizure of Power: The Experience of a Single German Town, 1922-1945

By William Sheridan Allen

Why this book?

It is important for Americans to understand why millions of Germans who were not violent antisemites and racists voted for the Nazis. Looking at the case of a typical German town, Allen shows that economics, culture wars, and fear for the future motivated middle-class Germans to vote for an extremist party – not because of its racism, but despite its racism.

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The best books on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

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The Twisted Road to Auschwitz: Nazi Policy toward German Jews, 1933-39

By Karl A. Schleunes

Why this book?

When the Nazis came to power, they were viciously antisemitic, but they had not planned a genocide of the Jews. By 1942, that genocide was their driving purpose. What changed? Schleunes argues that pressures within the Nazi Party and the circumstances of World War II induced an increasing radicalization of the Nazis’ plan for the Jews, culminating in the Holocaust.

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The best books on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

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Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice

By Mary Fulbrook

Why this book?

“Leadership” in Nazi Germany took various forms and happened at different levels. Local party leaders or commanders of individual SS task forces made life-or-death decisions on a daily basis. In order to fully understand the workings of the dictatorship, it is also important to understand the involvement of “ordinary” Germans.

Mary Fulbrook’s Reckonings is an important intervention in the debate about Nazi perpetrators, victims, and the legacies of the Holocaust. In order to understand the horrific events that occurred in Nazi Germany and the ways in which ordinary people participated in it, Fulbrook has gone through mountains of archival material…

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The best books about the Nazi leadership

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Book cover of The Nazi Spy Ring in America: Hitler's Agents, the FBI, and the Case That Stirred the Nation

The Nazi Spy Ring in America: Hitler's Agents, the FBI, and the Case That Stirred the Nation

By Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones

Why this book?

This is a sort of origin story for Breuer's characters, centered more tightly on a mid-1930s Nazi ring uncovered by the FBI's best investigator, Leon Turrou, and splashed across American newspapers’ front pages in 1938. Jeffreys-Jones' book, released in 2020, also shows why multi-stranded nonfiction has become a popular form.

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