The Death of Democracy by Benjamin Carter Hett

The Death of Democracy

A riveting account of how the Nazi Party came to power and how the failures of the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians allowed it to happenWhy did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolf Hitler to seize power? In The Death of Democracy, Benjamin Carter Hett answers these questions, and the story he tells has disturbing resonances for our own tim...

Details The Death of Democracy

TitleThe Death of Democracy
Release DateApr 3rd, 2018
PublisherHenry Holt and Company
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Politics, Cultural, Germany, European History

Reviews The Death of Democracy

  • Aaron Finestone
    Confronted with the title of this book, one could conclude that it is about the political scene in the United States. The elected head of our Republic has set the news agenda every day since he assumed office. The Washington Post displays the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”Hunter College history professor, Benjamin Carter Hett, writes about the death of a different democracy–Germany. The Death of Democracy (Henry Holt & Company) tells ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    We, of course, are not Weimar but there are too many historical parallels for comfort in the past couple of years. This book studies the death of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. If there were books I would assign all US citizens for summer reading this year it would be this one. It is a case study on how Republics die and get replaced by fascist dictatorships. One thing in my opinion, as well as the author, is the role o...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Four out of Five StarsI received a free Kindle copy of The Death of Democracy by Benjamin Carter Hett courtesy of Net Galley  and Henry Holt and Company, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.I requested this book as I have read a number of books on World...
  • Anne Morgan
    How Hitler was able to come into power in Germany has always been an interesting debate. What could have been differently? How much of our debates are 20-20 hindsight versus what was actually seen and known at the time? Could something like that ever happen again? Benjamin Carter Hett's The Death of Democracy: Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic is the latest look into the Germany of the 1920s and 1930s and an attempt t...
  • Mal Warwick
    How democracy died in Germany is the subject of a penetrating new historical study of the Weimar Republic and the political turmoil that wracked the nation in the early years of the Great Depression. Hunter College history professor Benjamin Carter Hett brings new evidence to light that exposes old myths and reassesses the roles of the politicians and military officers who were prominent in German politics in the 1920s and early 1930s.As Hett no...
  • Kristy Miller
    This book is not in any way about modern American politics. At the same time, this book is absolutely about modern American politics. In his book, Hett breaks down how democracy died in the Weimar Republic. Starting with how the end of WWI established Weimar, Hett shows how prejudices, bitterness, longstanding rivalries, fear, and a refusal of facts lead to the rise of Nazism. Hitler and his flunkies worked these feelings with aplomb, manipulatin...
  • Ricky Duncan
    I wasn’t sure about the blurb when I read it on goodreads. But I’ve always like WWII history, so I clicked it and won a free copy. I must say the blurb doesn’t do it justice. I loved the book. Amazing historical view of the rise of Hitler and his party to power. Recommend to all war history readers. Shows the background of the war.
  • Hasso von Moltke
    This book is a superb look into the politics of the Weimar Republic and how those politics lead to the creation of the Third Reich. Mr. Hett dispels many of the myths of the period, such as the unity of 1914, the stab in the back of 1918, and the inevitability of the Nazi's rise to power. However, while dismissing this myths, he also shows how they became deeply ingrained in the German psyche, and how they influenced the politicians and people of...
  • Craig Pearson
    As a historian I was very interested in the subject of this book. I expected with the premise of loosing democracy in Germany that there would be a general discussion of the history of Germany and the life of Adolph Hitler and it was. The problem was the wordiness of the discussion. The story just did not flow.
  • Dave Ryan
    I think this is an important book for anyone who has questions about the direction of our country. If autocracy (a system of government by one person with absolute power) is a concept that is foreign to you I hope you delve into understanding what it looks like (Russia, Turkey, Philippines, North Korea, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Syria, among many other) and what are the characteristics. It rarely ends well.Germany's fragile post-WWI Weimar democracy ...
  • Scott Martin
    (Audiobook). This work can easily be seen as one of the more timely political science/history works on the shelves today. With the rise of authoritarian-type states in previously democratic nations, there is the question of "Haven't we seen this before?" and "Can we draw parallels from the past to the present as foretelling the future?" Many often want to refer to Nazi Germany as the worst case scenario of how a democracy can fall. Yet, most peop...
    Extremely detailed description of the critical years running up to and how the Nazi's took power in the Weimar Republic. Especially interesting to read by keeping current developments in the back of your head. Wilders, Putin, Trump. I often could not help but think of the often interesting similarities between the rise to power of Hitler and contemporary leaders, though it also made me aware that there are also interesting differences. Especially...
  • Idvck
    What I liked about this book was its focus on Weimar institutions and individuals, and how Hitler played both to attain power. It is sometimes difficult to concretely conceive of how a movement like the National Socialists comes to power in a democracy, and this book does a generally excellent job at evocatively presenting exactly what its title suggests. Carter-Hett describes details like SA men standing in the chamber to intimidating Reichstag ...
  • George Heidemark
    This was a first rate read. Benjamin Carter Hett has constructed a hard to put down study of the death of the Weimar Republic. More specifically this is the story of how Hitler and the Nazis gained power. It is a cautionary tale of a nation in the throes of conspiracy theories.( such as the lie that the German Army was not defeated in WW 1.) It is also the story of a party who gained access to the levers of democracy , with the express intent of ...
  • Peter Petrik
    Meticulously researched and documented scholarly book written in plain language for general public. Loaded with historical facts, it is a captivating though chilling read. History indeed repeats itself and people have very short memories. General dissatisfaction and loss of trust in the existing order, with a desire for quick solutions regardless of how unrealistic they may be - does it sound familiar? Exactly 100 years separate us from the event...
  • John W.
    An excellent history of Hitler's rise and the uncoordinated opposition which too often saw Hitler as an ally to particular positions.The lesson of the book is summarized in the last paragraph as follows: "Few Germans in 1933 could imagine Treblinka or Auschwitz, the mass shootings of Babi Yar or the death marches of the last months of the Second World War. It is hard to blame then for not foreseeing the unthinkable. Yet their innocence failed the...
  • Linnaea
    The problem with reading history is that the understanding of what is important can only be read through the eyes of today and thus is it easy to see parallels with current events. I cannot say I enjoyed this book for that reason, I saw too much that I think I see in today's politics. I did find the book enlightening in the details about the German government and the actions and inactions that lead to Hitler.
  • Tom Glaser
    Any reader who pays even minimal attention to recent political developments in the US will be struck by the parallels between the interwar political maneuvering in Germany, the GOP’s cynical attacks on democratic institutions, and the Democratic Party's inability to build an effective opposition. The author doesn’t explicitly connect the dots. He doesn’t need to.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding how democrac...
  • Rob
    This topic seems to be quite timely. And not to paint with too broad a brush, but this book taught me that it was largely Germany conservatives who gave us a Hitler as chancellor scenario. While they abhorred Hitler and his brown shirts, they feared the communists and social democrats more--so that's a nice little history nugget for you.
  • mark
    Riveting tale of how globalism, wariness of refugees, mutual wariness of urban and rural populations, political polarization, and shortsighted political leadership left the gates wide open for a narcissistic demagogue.
  • Mark Frederick
    Amazing ReadWhile there are parallel issues now as there were then, this book avoids the trite “history repeats itself” and delivers a deep and insightful look at how the Germans brought the Nazi Party to power. Short answer: it was Hindenburg’s fault.
  • Michele
    When reading this book one cannot help but see how the conditions of American politics and society today parallel those of late 1920's Germany. Consequently, not a comfortable read, but an important one indeed.
  • Vuk Trifkovic
    Solid addition to the increasingly popular genre. It goes into too much detail for those interested in the general question of "how democracies die off". Also, some of the key statements (e.g. National Socialism as anti-globalisation protest) could have been elaborated a bit.
  • Brian Angle
    Good insight into Germany in the 20's and particularly 1930-33. Shows how despots can take power through democratic means, if politicians and voters allow self-interest and closed-mindedness to take precedence over rationality and the common good. Very timely.
  • Nissa
    Extremely well written, informative, and important in WWII/Nazi Germany studies. Recommend to any German history buff and a great addition to any library of WWII.
  • Simone Hoffman
    I loved it. It was chilling ...I was surprised that the game plan for Hitlers rise was so similar to the rise of Trump.
  • Randy
    An incredible/tragic story of Hitler's rise to power. I had always assumed he took over by force - there was some strong-arming involved, but for the most part, not so .....This book is well written, and I would highly recommend it.