First published in 1933, this, the first of a planned series of 'books of topical importance published within as short a time as possible from the receipt of the manuscript', begins with a chapter entitled 'The Rape of Prussia', describing a pivotal meeting of 1932 between the then German Chancellor and 3 members of his Cabinet. It then traces back the history of the years in Germany since 1918. The first edition
was reprinted at least twice, then revised, and subsequently revised a third time, bringing the full text to 1938, when the world was again looking at the serious possibility of another world war.
Edgar Ansel Mowrer (1892-1977) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and author best known for his writings on international
events. Having reported on events throughout the First World War, including the Italians' defeat at the Battle of Caporetto, he remained in Europe throughout the 1920s and 1930s, living in Rome for 8 years until 1923, then moving to Berlin. In 1933, Mowrer won the Pulitzer
Prize for Correspondence for his reporting on the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany, and was named President of the Berlin Foreign Press Association. In his dispatches from Germany he had managed to cut below the patina of normalcy to capture events that challenged the belief that Germany's transformation was democratic and natural; he was therefore a target
of Nazi ire.
Our book is in surprisingly good condition for its age, the only serious defect being the detached front cover. The spine is a little darkened, and there is a small degree of wear to the tail of the spine. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean, and all slightly tanned, with no foxing seen.