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A Most Dangerous Book

Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich

Christopher B. Krebs (Author, Harvard University)

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“A model of popular intellectual history. . . . In every way, ?A Most Dangerous Book is a most brilliant achievement.”—Washington Post

When the Roman historian Tacitus wrote the Germania, a none-too-flattering little book about the ancient Germans, he could not have foreseen that centuries later the Nazis would extol it as “a bible” and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the Germania inspired—and polarized—readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this elegant and captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Harvard University, traces the wide-ranging influence of the Germania, revealing how an ancient text rose to take its place among the most dangerous books in the world.

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  • Paperback
  • August 2012
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34292-5
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 304 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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“Fascinating. . . . [Krebs] has a light touch and a dry sense of humor.” — New York Times

“Clever, learned. . . . [Krebs] synthesizes a great deal of classical scholarship and intellectual history into a concise, accessible story.” — Slate

“It is an extraordinary tale, and Mr. Krebs . . . tells it with great verve and charm.” — Wall Street Journal

“A dramatic detective story.” — London Review of Books

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