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An Iron Wind

An Iron Wind

Europe Under Hitler

“A profoundly significant exploration of how Europeans–both Germans and those under German occupation–struggled to make sense of the conflict.” –Richard Overy, Wall Street Journal

In An Iron Wind, historian Peter Fritzsche draws on first-person accounts to show how civilians in occupied Europe struggled to understand the terrifying chaos of World War II. As the Third Reich targeted Europe’s Jews, confusion and mistrust reigned. Was collaboration or resistance the wisest response? And where was God? Piecing together the broken words of the war’s witnesses and victims, Fritzsche offers a haunting picture of the most violent conflict in modern history.
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Modern / 20th Century

On Sale: April 3rd 2018

Price: $19.99 / $25.99 (CDN)

Page Count: 384

ISBN-13: 9781541698826

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"A profoundly significant exploration of how Europeans-both Germans and those under German occupation-struggled to make sense of the conflict."—Richard Overy, Wall Street Journal
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"A work of deep reflection by an experienced historian."—Timothy Snyder, New York Times
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"Riveting, important... the most bracing and unsparing dissection of the subject to appear in many years."—Christian Science Monitor
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"Powerfully written.... Fritzsche renders a tremendous service in his portrayal of human beings in wartime."—CHOICE
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"A thoroughly worked example of social history at its most valuable. It could serve as a model for studies of our own times."—New York Journal of Books
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"Startlingly illuminating.... Fritzsche draws on copious diaries, letters, and memoirs to convey the texture of everyday life for French, Polish, and Swiss citizens during World War II... [a] powerful, riveting, wrenching history."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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