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Jefferson Chase


Jefferson Chase

Jefferson Chase is a writer and journalist based in Berlin. He has translated more than a dozen German texts into English, among them works by Thomas Mann, Wolfgang Schivelbusch and Götz Aly.

Jefferson Chase

Books by Jefferson Chase

written by Volker Ullrich, translated by Jefferson Chase - Biography, History, Nonfiction

In the summer of 1939, Hitler was at the zenith of his power. The Nazis had consolidated political control in Germany, and a series of foreign-policy coups had restored Germany to the status of a major world power. He now embarked on realizing his lifelong ambition: to provide the German people with the resources they needed to flourish and to exterminate those who stood in the way. Yet, despite a series of stunning initial triumphs, Hitler's decision to invade the Soviet Union in 1941 turned the tide for good. Volker Ullrich vividly portrays the insecurity, obsession with minutiae and narcissistic penchant for gambling that led Hitler to embark on the annihilation of Germany itself in order to punish the people who he believed had failed to hand him victory.

written by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Jefferson Chase - History, Nonfiction

BERLIN 1936 takes the reader through the 16 days of the Olympiad, describing the events in the German capital through the eyes of a select cast of characters --- Nazi leaders and foreign diplomats, sportsmen and journalists, writers and socialites, nightclub owners and jazz musicians. While the events in the Olympic stadium, such as when an American tourist breaks through the security and manages to kiss Hitler, provide the focus and much of the drama, it also considers the lives of ordinary Berliners --- the woman with a dark secret who steps in front of a train, the transsexual waiting for the Gestapo's knock on the door, and the Jewish boy fearing for his future and hoping that Germany loses on the playing field.