I own this book. My review
If you want to have a stake in your future or understand how people can allow despots to rule take time to read Gellately’s from-the-German-archives-public-records that show 1 in 7 German citizens were the eyes and ears for the Stasi informing upon their neighbors as well as their own family members. “See something, say something.”?
Today the stage is set for the United States of America to indulge in the same types of monstrosities of WWII despite our politicians, pastors, and self-righteous citizens protestations.
Evil doesn’t rule in a vacuum, it has to be invited to take over the heart through greed, revenge, jealousy, fear, selfishness, and hate.
This book is a short concise and easy to read 264 pages plus 78 pages of notes on sources. It should be read by every adult and high school student to be informed as to how and why the world allowed the Hitler Nazi regime and why we must indeed never forget the despotic nature possible in man and his affairs when the darkest traits are allowed to rule by the abrogation of personal responsibility. Not to be left in the dust of history this is a possible future to be miserably repeated in every generation if the warning is not taken. materread
Professor Robert Gellately;
Modern European History, Germany, Russia, Holocaust and Comparative Genocide
His book, Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2001), aroused international attention. That study has since been published in German, Dutch, Spanish, Czech, Italian, French, Japanese and Portuguese. A special paperback edition was published and distributed by Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education for use as a textbook.
Gellately edited The Nuremberg Interviews: An American Psychiatrist’s Conversations with the Defendants and Witnesses at the Nuremberg Trials (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004). The book has thus far appeared in more than a dozen foreign languages and was the basis of a docudrama broadcast on French television in 2006.
Professor Gellately has co-edited several volumes of essays, including one with Russian specialist, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Accusatory Practices: Denunciation in Modern European History, 1789-1989 (Chicago University Press, 1997). With FSU colleague Nathan Stoltzfus he co-edited a collection called Social Outsiders in Nazi Germany (Princeton University Press, 2001) – which was translated into Turkish. And together with Ben Kiernan, Director of the Genocide Studies program at Yale, he co-edited The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2003). The latter work has since appeared in Italian.
“In this original and outstanding book, Gellately uses a wealth of new source materials, including the daily press, to examine the public face of the Nazi ‘law and order’ dictatorship, in the process contributing much to our understanding of the extent to which it basked in social consensus…. This is a genuinely important book which deserves the widest possible readership.”–Michael Burleigh, Washington and Lee University
“Superbly researched and convincingly argued, this path breaking study demonstrates that most Germans supported Hitler throughout the Nazi regime…. A crucial contribution to our understanding of the relationship between consent and coercion in modern dictatorship.”–Omer Bartov, Brown University