Timothy Snyder's "Black Earth" is a haunting reminder of how fragile the balance of our society and how important it is that we remember these historical events. In a time when our country seems more divide than ever and the echo of intolerance can be felt in our daily lives, this texts provides a warning of how we can choose to avoid following in the footsteps of the Nazi movement.
The book begins by providing the historical framework for Hitler's rise to power and what his objectives were in "cleansing" the German culture while silently increasing the country's geographic footprint. He follows through the movement of the German power and how Hitler was instrumental in providing the background to the effort. Snyder then draws the parallels to the present and where our culture stands in terms of still being influenced by Hitler's teachings and the Nazi movements, including our views on intolerance and even areas of science.
This book is an important examination of the Holocaust and outlines the recipe for which Hitler was able to rise to power. There are times that this book felt repetitive or like it may have been missing additional information, but it was, overall, a solid read and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history or looking to learn more.