A Voice of Destruction (1940)


"We May Be Destroyed But If We Are, We Shall Drag a World with Us--A World in Flames"

Rauschning, Hermann. The Voice of Destruction. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1940.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of this fascinating first-person analysis of the power structure and objectives Nazi Germany, written over a year before the United States entered the war. In The Voice of Destruction, Hermann Rauschning, "the author of The Revolution of Nihilism, continues his discursive remarks, some of them revelatory, about Hitler's personality and plans" (Foreign Affairs). An early member of the Nazi party with direct access to Hitler, Rauschning renounced his membership in 1934 and emigrated to the United States, where he devoted the World War II years to revealing the horrible truths of Nazism. While aspects of Rauschning's writings on Hitler have been dismissed by historians due to his anti-fascist bias, he nevertheless remains an important figure for his access, for his promotion of Christian resistance, and for his skill as an author. Book fine, dust jacket extremely good with a bit of wear and toning to extremities, and a few tape repairs to verso. A handsome copy.