Defying Hitler by Gordon Thomas

Defying Hitler

An enthralling work of popular history that vividly resurrects the web of everyday Germans who resisted Nazi ruleNazi Germany is remembered as a nation of willing fanatics. But beneath the surface, countless ordinary, everyday Germans actively resisted Hitler. Some passed industrial secrets to Allied spies. Some forged passports to help Jews escape the Reich. For others, resistance was as simple as writing a letter denouncing the rigidity of Nazi...

Details Defying Hitler

TitleDefying Hitler
Release DateApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherDutton Caliber
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, World War II, Cultural, Germany, Holocaust

Reviews Defying Hitler

  • Beata
    I finished this book some time ago, but I was unable to decide what to include into my feedback. There is so much in it, so much information that I would not like to leave unmentioned. This is not the first book I have read on the German resistance against Hitler, but I admit this one is well-written and perfectly researched. The Authors’ focus is not just on the military and not only on the actual war; they do describe in detail some of the as...
  • Cj Zawacki
    " Doesn't every human being, no matter which era he lives in, always have to reckon with being accountable to God at any moment?" Sophie Scholl Sophie Scholl has almost two hundred schools named in her honor across Germany. She was a member oh the White Rose, a group of resistors who fought bravely against Hitler and the Nazi Party.Gordon Thomas and Greg Lewis non-fiction book tells of several of groups of Germans that defied Nazi Rule. Very well...
  • Kristi Richardson
    “Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just don’t dare express themselves as we did.” Sophie SchollI received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. I had already heard about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Valkyrie assassination attempt on Hitler, but the majority of these resistors were unknown to me. In many ways, it changes my feelings on Germany and WWII, but it also points out...
  • Carolyn
    I recommend this book highly. If you want to see the model for Donald Trump's administration, read about how the Nazis took over everything. The brave people who risked their lives to report the truth are the heroes of this book. And they came from all walks of life, from students to members of the Abwehr. The book refutes the despicable judgement of the book "Hitler's Willing Executioners".
  • Maria
    This book deserves to be widely read. This is the first time I have read a book about the German resistance movements inside the Third Reich and Thomas and Lewis do a superb job of making it both gripping and heartbreaking. It's an important story to tell and one that pays tribute to all those who stay the course in the name of what is right. Memorable quote: "fighting back was the only way 'to live in Germany as a human being.'" (Herbert Budzisl...
  • Corin
    This is an excellent book. It's hard to put down, even when you know how it turns out (spoiler: almost everyone is murdered). A tremendous amount of research obviously went into the writing. I've been reading and teaching about WWII for years and this is the first time I have come across such a complete, well organized source about the *internal* German resistance. The connections are explained, the roles of each individual spelled out, and the i...
  • Will Warnuu
    Very well researched and well written. I was pleased to have learned some new things from this book, and will do a bit of research on my own with some of the things I learned, especially regarding Dietrich Bonhoeffer. It's always both interesting and surprising when something new comes up about Bonhoeffer.The book was very disturbing, as it is so sad. So much waste of so many lives. I continue to be astonished by it -- back then, and today. I hop...
  • Mark Nenadov
    An excellent book. It is massive (almost 600 pages) and challenging to work through at times and at times deeply disturbing.
  • Zeb Kantrowitz
    This was a free book from NetGalleyDefying Hitler: Germans Who Resisted Nazi Rule by Gordon Thomas and Greg LewisFew People were brave enough to commit their lives to working against the Nazi Regime that took control of Weimar Germany in 1933. Every Party, non-Nazi voluntary organization were replaced with Nazi dominated organizations, religion was declared under the control of the Government. All manner of news, movies and radio came under the c...
  • Reggie Virus
    WOW! That was a lot of information!! I haven’t read a book like this before and it was very informative. I still think it’s crazy that with all the attempts on Hitler no one was successful. A lot of people gave their lives to try to end all the evil that was going on and I think that it’s nice to read about them and learn about how they tried to save all the Jewish people. Thank you NetGalley and Gordon Thomas; Greg Lewis for this read.
  • John McDonald
    I have spent a great deal of my adulthood trying to understand how a civilized, Western nation permitted atrocities carried out in the name of law under Adolph Hitler. What enabled Hitler, the National Socialists (Nazis), and simple people--citizens, bureaucrats, soldiers--to persist for so long in either permitting or encouraging the atrocities or in denying them once the evidence became known and irrefutable. Nazi Germany did not collapse, even...
  • Diane E. Glaze
    Excellent book. Very fact-driven, and therefore it could be a bit of a slog, at times, but I learned so much more about names that I had read many times before....Sophie and Hans Scholl, Wilhelm Canaris, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and many, many more. I am so happy that I stayed with the book. The in-depth research has made me want to know as much as I can about the people who lived in the hell of Nazi Germany, and yet found it within themselves to fig...
  • Forest Ormes
    I was impressed by the difference in background among the resistance documented by the authors We hear the stories of the White Rose students Hans and Sophie Scholl and Christopher Probst, followed by the near success of aristocratic military men like Stauffenberg and the less well-known, Tresckow. I had to disengage for a time after reading how close the military came to killing Hitler. Hitler cut short a tour of captured Russian weapons just be...
  • Dan Dundon
    For years, I've been bothered by an insistent question, how could an entire population fall under the spell of an insane dictator and commit truly horrible acts against other human beings? This book has caused me to rephrase that question. How could so many Germans fall under the spell of such a dictator? "Defying Hitler" makes clear that a certain element of the German people not only failed to fall under the spell but actively worked for its do...
  • Michael
    Defying Hitler is a timely narrative, recounting the stories of the little known German resistance to Nazi rule. It's clearly written and describes Germany's descent into horror and madness with compelling and depressing detail. Reading the story arc of how individual Germans, banding together to strike at the depraved government under which they lived, put themselves and their loved ones in mortal danger because, to paraphrase one of the resisto...
  • KP
    Fantastic overview of the many and varied groups and individuals who resisted the Nazi regime in Germany, from as early as 1933. I found this absolutely inspiring, and now I want to read more detailed accounts of each of the groups he covered. And a big thing I appreciated about this book was that it didn't forget that women were involved in resistance groups as well - I often only hear of the men who resisted when I read about this period of tim...
  • Lucy Meeker
    An incredibly detailed and thought provoking read; this is a mammoth book at almost six hundred pages, but is worth it for those interested in WWII German history. The author obviously spent a great deal of time researching and it shows. Reading this book is a big commitment, but very much worth it.
  • Jennifer Warnock
    So sad. what wonderful, brave people were lost to the world, as well as the innocents they wanted to protect against the face of evil. I was particularly touched by the young students and their White Rose Resistance group and want to read more about them.
  • John Smiley
    Fascinating story about brave German citizens who stood up against tyranny.Sadly, virtually everything they did failed, and they lost their lives in the process.There are lessons to be learned here for future generations.
  • june3
    A thoroughly researched and masterfully presented history of the individuals who resisted the Third Reich. So much to learn here, I will need to read this book again soon in order to absorb everything.
  • Lech Lesiak
    Great read.I knew a lot about the various German resistance activities against Hitler and the Nazis.This book fleshes out much of the detail.It also documents how early the oppositions started.It was far sooner than most people know.
  • Susan
    An incredible story, and it is true.
  • Crystal Hunter
    Excellent addition to one's library if the topic is WW II resistance.
  • LA
    The intention here is good, but this topic has been discussed at length. Not a lot of new material here.
  • Deborah
    Critical topic but a bit of a slog to read.
  • Megan
    This was intriguing and heartbreaking. It's a little hard to keep track of all the resisters, but it's a great read. And so hard to read.
  • Robert Bob
    Good research on German resistance
  • Mercer Brady
    Very informative book about resistance within Germany. Resistance is essential.
  • Tyler W.
    A solid work, 3 1/2 to 4 stars. Review at link: