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Milton Sanford Mayer (1908-1986) was a journalist and educator. He was the author of about a dozen books.
He studied at the University of Chicago from 1925 to 1928 but he did not earn a degree; in 1942 he told the Saturday Evening Post that he was "placed on permanent probation for throwing beer bottles out a dormitory window." He was a reporter for the Associated Press, the Chicago Evening Post, and the Chicago Evening American. He wrote a monthly column in the Progressive for over forty years. He won the George Polk Memorial Award and the Benjamin Franklin Citation for Journalism.
He worked for the University of Chicago in its public relations office and lectured in its Great Books Program. He also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, and the University of Louisville. He was an adviser to Robert M. Hutchins when Hutchins founded the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.
Mayer was a conscientious objector during World War II but after the war traveled to Germany and lived with German families. Those experiences informed his most influential book They Thought They Were Free: The Germans, 1933-45.
This book is superficial, it slides on the surface but not cuts into the topic. It mixes up interviews with simple people who coincidentally (? Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ussi
Excellent book. I never understood how so many people denied the Holocaust, but after reading this book I do understand now just how easy it was for the German society to be in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by June Lujano
An amazing work. Highly recommended for any one that is interested in WWII and specialy about the specific mindset of those who lived trough itPublished 1 month ago by jose a rascon valdivieso
Book smells very musty and lots of passages are lined in pen. Not what I had expected.Published 2 months ago by Naomi C. Strachman
I mean: wow.
I'm reading this narrative from 1958, and it reads like he's describing two thousand eight and on....
Fantastic perspective; a study into how the good people of Germany were duped into becoming Nazi's. This isn't about upper level administration, it is about the baker, school... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Conan