January 23, 2008


Kiernan, Ben, Blood and Soil: A History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur (New Haven & London: Yale U. Press, 2007).

Macdonogh, Giles, After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation (New York: Basic Books, 2007) ("This book is about the experience of the Germans in defeat. It is about the occupation imposed on them following the criminal campaigns of Adolph Hitler. To some extent it is a study of resignation, their acceptance of any form of indignity in the knowledge of the great wrongs perpetrated by the National Socialist state. Not all of these Germans were involved in these crimes, by any means, but with few exceptions they recognized that their suffering was an inevitable result of them. I make no excuses for the crimes the Nazis committed, nor do I doubt for one moment the terrible desire for revenge that they aroused." Id. at xi.).

Nemirovsky, Irene, David Golder, The Ball, Snow in Autumn, The Courilof Affair translated from the French by Sandra Smith, with an introduction by Claire Messud (New York: Everyman’s Library, 2008).

Tooze, Adam, The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy (New York: Viking, 2007) (“My goal is to provide the reader with a deeper and broader understanding of how Hitler established himself in power and mobilized his society for war. I provide a new account of the dynamic that launched Germany into war and explain how this sustained a successful war effort up to 1941 and how it reached its inevitable limit in the Russian snow. Next, the book takes on what is surely still the fundamental interpretative challenge facing historian: explaining the Holocaust. Drawing both on archival material and a generation of brilliant historical research, I emphasize the connections between the war against the Jews and the regime’s wider projects of imperialism, forced labour and deliberate starvation. In the minds of the Nazi leadership, there were, in fact, not one but a number of different economic rationales for genocide. Finally, building on these decisive chapters on 1939-42, I explain the extraordinary coercive effort through which the regime sustained Germany’s war effort for three bitter years, at the heart of which stood Albert Speer.” Id. at xxvi.).

Weitz, Eric D., A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation (Princeton & Oxford: Princeton U. Press, 2003)(on a previous list, yet worth mentioning again).

Weitz, Eric D., Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (Princeton & Oxford: Princeton U. Press, 2007).