Sebastian Haffner left Germany just before the start of the Second World War, and emigrated to London where he wrote for the Observer. This contemporary account, written in 1940, is a revealing and visionary account of what was wrong with the Nazi regime, and how an eager public had lapped up Hitler and his cohorts. Far from being deceived, Germans were all too willing to let him control their daily lives.
The writer's weapon is his prose - Haffner writes with the conviction and wisdom of a man 30 years his age (he was around 35 when this was written), and whilst his arguments are simple, they are never less than effective. He delivers a damning verdict against his countrymen.