NO ORDINARY MEN by Elisabeth Sifton & Fritz Stern

September 23, 2013

Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern spoke about their book, No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State, at Politics & Prose on Monday, September 23, 2013.

During the twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In No Ordinary Men, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did—the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi—and offer new insights into the fearsome difficulties that resistance entailed. (Not forgotten is Christine Bonhoeffer Dohnanyi, Hans’s wife and Dietrich’s sister, who was indispensable to them both.)

From the start Bonhoeffer opposed the Nazi efforts to bend Germany’s Protestant churches to Hitler’s will, while Dohnanyi, a lawyer in the Justice Ministry and then in the Wehrmacht’s counterintelligence section, helped victims, kept records of Nazi crimes to be used as evidence once the regime fell, and was an important figure in the various conspiracies to assassinate Hitler. The strength of their shared commitment to these undertakings—and to the people they were helping—endured even after their arrest in April 1943 and until, after great suffering, they were executed on Hitler’s express orders in April 1945, just weeks before the Third Reich collapsed.

Bonhoeffer’s posthumously published Letters and Papers from Prison and other writings found a wide international audience, but Dohnanyi’s work is scarcely known, though it was crucial to the resistance and he was the one who drew Bonhoeffer into the anti-Hitler plots. Sifton and Stern offer dramatic new details and interpretations in their account of the extraordinary efforts in which the two jointly engaged. No Ordinary Men honors both Bonhoeffer’s human decency and his theological legacy, as well as Dohnanyi’s preservation of the highest standard of civic virtue in an utterly corrupted state.

No Ordinary Men: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State By Fritz Stern, Elisabeth Sifton Cover Image
ISBN: 9781590176818
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Published: New York Review Books - September 17th, 2013

A CALL TO ARMS by Maury Klein

July 19, 2013

Maury Klein spoke about his book, A Call to Arms, at Politics & Prose on Friday, July 19, 2013. In this clip, Klein explains the inspiration for his new book and importance of entrepreneurs and the working man.

The colossal scale of World War II required a mobilization effort greater than anything attempted in all of the world's history. The United States had to fight a war across two oceans and three continents-and to do so it had to build and equip a military that was all but nonexistent before the war began. Never in the nation's history did it have to create, outfit, transport, and supply huge armies, navies, and air forces on so many distant and disparate fronts. The Axis powers might have fielded better trained soldiers, better weapons, better tanks and aircraft. But they could not match American productivity. America buried its enemies in aircraft, ships, tanks, and guns; in this sense, American industry, and American workers, won World War II. The scale of effort was titanic, and the result historic. Not only did it determine the outcome of the war, but it transformed the American economy and society. Maury Klein's A Call to Arms is the definitive narrative history of this epic struggle, told by one of America's greatest historians of business and economics, and renders the transformation of America with a depth and vividness never available before.

You can watch the entire Politics & Prose event below.

A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II By Maury Klein Cover Image
ISBN: 9781608195008
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Published: Bloomsbury Press - May 5th, 2015


May 14, 2013

Rick Atkinson spoke about his book, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Atkinson’s acclaimed Liberation Trilogy began with an account of the 1942 Allied fighting in North Africa in An Army at Dawn, followed with the struggle in Italy and Sicily in 1943 in The Day of Battle, and concludes here, with the American-led victory in Western Europe. Covering 1944-45, this final volume expertly takes readers through D-Day, the fight at Normandy, the liberation of Paris, and the downfall of the Third Reich.

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy #3) By Rick Atkinson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250037817
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Published: Picador - May 13th, 2014