Never have I read such a clear analysis of the steps leading to the overtaking of German society by the plague of fascism.
Harman puts forth his arguments clearly and succinctly, and in language clearly understandable to a lay audience (which I must count myself as part of). He is at pains to make clear that it was the actions of individuals combined with the movement of classes that led to the failure of the attempted German Revolution, and the rise of the Nazis. This is at odds with many other historical accounts, which attempt to pin social history onto the actions of 'Great Men', which I have found hard to swallow in such circumstances, in which hundreds of thousands were directly involved.
While keeping to a broadly Marxist historical perspective, Harman's work is not afraid to challenge convention and othodoxy. This is living history, and should be read, understood and used to avoid the mistakes of the past and build the society of the future.