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"Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself"


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Dr. Florian Huber was born in 1967 and wrote his PhD on British policy regarding the postwar occupation of Germany. He is the author of several works of history and has also produced award-winning documentaries on contemporary subjects, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the mysterious end of the writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and the 1936 Olympic Games.


"A grimly compelling study of the psychology of fanaticism."--The Economist
"A harrowing insight into the psyche of everyday German citizens...Huber's book is extremely well researched ... By drawing on the thoughts, movements and mental state of the diarists, he is able to provide a compelling insight into the minds of everyday Nazi citizens."--Jacob Farr, The Scotsman
"A remarkable book -- grim and fascinating. Florian Huber tells the story well."--Robbie Millen, The Times
"All eyes will be opened by the facts on offer in "Promise Me You'll Shoot Yourself"...Huber follows a cast of real, all-too-human characters as they head into darkness...His terrible evidence is priceless, and belongs on every bookshelf."--James Hawes, The Spectator
"An under-represented history that is equal parts terrifying and tragic...Amid the nearly unbearable darkness, Huber injects notes of hope...Illuminating yet haunting."--Ruta Sepetys, Financial Times
"Bleak, arresting...A sobering study of a dark period of Europe's history."
--Matt Elton and Ellie Cawthorne, BBC History Magazine
"Gripping ... Huber tells the shocking stories of ordinary German suicides with literary power and skill, making excellent use of unknown material."--Richard Evans, The Guardian
"Huber retells the self-annihilation of May 1945 in dispassionate, vivid detail...It's hard not to hear faint echoes in our current plight."--Andrew Anthony, The Observer
"Huber tells this terrible history with compassion and care. He writes with an ease that makes the book flow smoothly despite the bleak nature of the subject, aided by a fine translation from the German by Imogen Taylor."--Laurence Rees, Telegraph
"Vivid and disturbing...Though the topic is relentlessly grim, Huber portrays his subjects with empathy and offers key insights into the German mindset before, during, and after WWII. Readers will be convinced that reckoning with the war's legacy requires studying this underexamined tragedy."--Publishers Weekly

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