Benjamin Carter Hett is the author of The Death of Democracy, Burning the Reichstag, Crossing Hitler, and Death in the Tiergarten. He is a professor of history at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and holds a PhD in history from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Toronto. Born in Rochester, New York, he grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, and now lives in New York City.
Crisp and well-researched . . . Hett wisely introduces each chapter with vivid sketches of historical figures . . . humanizing his analysis of political and military developments . . . A solid contribution to our understanding of the driving forces behind WWII. --Publishers Weekly A remarkable, authoritative journey into the events and decisions that led to the calamity of World War II. With deft writing, keen insight, and moments of narrative thrill, Benjamin Carter Hett delivers for readers a triumph of scholarship. I, for one, will not look the same at Churchill, Hitler, Roosevelt, and Stalin--nor soon shake the shiver of fear over how resonant the past is to our present day. --Neal Bascomb, New York Times bestselling author of The Winter Fortress and Faster Benjamin Carter Hett has taken a well-known subject and breathed new life into it. The Nazi Menace is narrative history at its gripping best: a thrilling, fast-paced read, full of vividly drawn characters, that is elegantly written, thoughtful, and wise. He also does a superb job of bringing out the many parallels between the past and our political present. Essential reading. --Henry Hemming, author of Agents of Influence: A British Campaign, a Canadian Spy, and the Secret Plot to Bring America into World War II Benjamin Carter Hett's book combines meticulous research with clarity of prose. It provides fascinating new insight into the dramatic rise of Hitler and serves as a timely reminder that democracies are fragile creatures that in the wrong hands are open to abuse. --Giles Milton, author of Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare The Nazi Menace is thrilling--and chilling. In a work as panoramic as it is profound, Benjamin Carter Hett reveals how the Second World War emerged out of the crisis of democracy in the 1930s and shows that the forces at work are common to our age as well: vast disparities of wealth and need, xenophobia used to unite people, fake news, and the challenges of national security and technology. A stunning read about then, for now. --Anna Funder, author of Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall