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Very Good. 5 1/2" x 8" 311 Pages Indexed. Previous owner's name label and 12 red inked-lines of review of the author. There are about a dozen pages in the first few chapters with yellow hi-lighting. The remaining pages are near flawless. This is asympathetic report from Hitler's Wartime Reich. Theodore Lothrop Stoddard (June 29, 1883-May 1, 1950) was an American political scientist, historian, journalist, anthropologist, eugenicist, pacifist, and anti-immigration advocate who wrote a number of books which are cited by historians as prominent examples of early 20th-century scientific racism. During World War II he wrote Into the Darkness, about the effect of war on National Socialist Germany. Stoddard was relatively nonpartisan in his coverage of the National Socialist government, but he did express concern for the welfare of the European Jewish community, foreseeing intense violence against the Jews. This Noontide Press paperback edition of Into the Darkness is an unabridged republication of the edition published in New York by Duell, Sloan, and Pearce in 1940 with the addition of a new introduction by Rachel F. Dixon.
I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to get a fresh perspective on the Third Reich. Stoddard travels in and around Germany,sincerely trying to get a "ground-level" view of what life was like under the Swastika. He speaks with Stormtroopers on a train,housewives at a grocery market,officials high and low of the Reich government. He also gives us his own diary-like impressions of everything German;what the food is like,how the sick are cared for, women's clothing compared to American girls,etc.. Dismissed and almost forgotten for many years,probably because of its independent spirit,this book is a welcome change from the usual "We-were-right-and-they-were-wrong" approach to Nazism. This book should also serve to correct those---apparently in large numbers today---who assume Nazism was a "far Right" movement. In fact; Hitler's "National Socialism" WAS largely socialist---and therefore politically LEFT,in orientation. "Into The Darkness" (not Stoddard's chosen title) clearly shows just how high a priority Hitler's followers placec on social-welfare and re-distribution of wealth. While not exactly Marxist,Nazism WAS socialist.
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