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Two Depression-battered nations confronted destiny in 1932, going to the polls in their own way to anoint new leaders, to rescue their people from starvation and hopelessness. America would elect a Congress and a president - ebullient aristocrat Franklin Roosevelt or tarnished "Wonder Boy" Herbert Hoover. Decadent, divided Weimar Germany faced two rounds of bloody Reichstag elections and two presidential contests - doddering reactionary Paul von Hindenburg against rising radical hate-monger Adolf Hitler.
The outcome seemed foreordained - unstoppable forces advancing upon crumbled, disoriented societies. A merciless Great Depression brought greater - perhaps hopeful, perhaps deadly - transformation: FDR's New Deal and Hitler's Third Reich.
But neither outcome was inevitable.
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- Pam Sullivan
What a waste of time
I expected insight as to how these two perceived each other. Nothing. This is simply how each man came to power. 8 hours of German politics in 1932? Thanks but I don’t have any interest in details that don’t correspond with anything of merit. If you’re a detailed historian about stuff that doesn’t matter, okay, but this book was sold as a comparative piece. There is no such comparison.
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