By Christopher B. Krebs
Winner of the 2012 Christian Gauss booklet Award
"A version of renowned highbrow background. . . . In each way, A most deadly Book is a so much excellent achievement."--Washington Post
When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little e-book in regards to the old Germans, he couldn't have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis might extol it as "a bible" and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. however the Germania inspired--and polarized--readers lengthy prior to the increase of the 3rd Reich. during this stylish and attractive background, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard collage, lines the wide-ranging impression of the Germania, revealing how an historical textual content rose to take its position one of the most threatening books on this planet.
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A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich by Christopher B. Krebs