Author(s): Burleigh, Michael
A brilliant and indispensable one-volume history of the Third Reich from a leading historian. In it, Michael Burleigh sets Nazi Germany in a European context, showing how the Third Reich's abandonment of liberal democracy, decency and tolerance was widespread in the Europe of the period. He shows how a radical, pseudo-religious movement, led by an oddity with dazzling demagogic talents, seemed to offer salvation to a German exhausted by war, depression and galloping inflation. It was the politics of faith and Burleigh shows the consequences of the demise of the rule of law in favour of state authorised terror and brutality. The underlying premise of the book is that - unlike other current accounts of the Germany of this period - there are good and bad individuals, not good and bad nations. It recreates the complexities of life under a totalitarian dictatorship, which for four years ruled most of Europe, and rejects the notion that the Germans were either uniquely evil or uniquely uncivilised. It is a tour de force and a book which is destined to be the standard work for many years to come. Michael Burleigh is the 1999-2000 Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair in Human Rights at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of six well-received books, most recently, Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Nazi German (CUP). He lives in Greenwich, London. Paperback
Winner of BBC Four Samuel Johnson Prize 2001 (UK).
'This is a monumental book.' Richard Overy, Sunday Telegraph 'If I had to recommend one book on the Third Reich, this would be it.' Daniel Johnson, Daily Telegraph 'It is a breathtaking achievement, at once broader and deeper than any other single volume ever published on the subject. Indeed I would go further: it is the product of authentic historical genius.' Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times 'Happily, Michael Burleigh now fills that bibliographical gap, with a readable and highly knowledgeable account of that ghastly period. You will never be bored by this extraordinary book.' Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday
Michael Burleigh is the 1999-2000 Raoul Wallenberg Visiting Chair in Human Rights at Rutgers University, New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of six well-received books, most recently, "Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Nazi German" (CUP). He lives in Greenwich, London.