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Sebastian Haffner was the author of several historical bestsellers as well as his bestselling memoir DEFYING HITLER, which was published posthumously. He died in 1999.
Sebastian Haffner's book is unmatched as a contemporary analysis of the Third Reich. It is quite remarkable that, writing in 1940, he could produce such acute insights into Hitler's character and political hold over Germany' IAN KERSHAW 'An alarm call trying to awaken the British to the unique nature of Hitler and the Nazi regime ... Remarkably prescient' J. G. BALLARD 'Haffner's clear-sighted analysis annihilates any claim by his contemporaries not to have known about Nazi crimes. Apocryphally, Churchill told his cabinet to read this book so that they would understand the Nazi threat. We should do likewise to understand how close we came to ignoring it' OBSERVER