These biographical accounts are in themselves informative and help to illuminate the political thinking and behavior, not only of these leaders, but of much of the party during the final years of the Weimar Republic. (The Journal Of Central European History
Using an engaging biographical approach, William Smaldone examines the rise of Nazism from the perspective of their most important opponents. Adding considerably to the knowledge of the downfall of the Weimar Republic, Confronting Hitler
reconsiders the quandary of committed democrats fighting for civility and social justice in the face of ruthless and violent enemies. (Dieter Buse, Laurentian University)
About the Author
William Smaldone is professor of history at Willamette University in Oregon and author of Rudolf Hilferding: The Tragedy of a German Social Democrat.