I started reading the big histories and the small histories, the memoirs and so forth. At some point, I found the diary of William E. Dodd.
Reading is such a personal thing to me. I'd much rather give someone a gift certificate to a bookstore, and let that person choose his or her own books.
I thought I'd go to a bookstore and see what moved me.
Whenever I finish a book, I start with a blank slate and never have ideas lined up.
We, of course, have the power of hindsight in our arsenal, but people living in Berlin in that era didn't. What would that have been like as this darkness fell over Germany?
Hitler was such an anomalous character - he was so over-the-top chaotic in his approach to statesmanship, his manner and in the violence which overwhelmed the country initially. I think diplomats around the world... felt like something like that simply would not be tolerated by the people of Germany.