All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days: The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler

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Price
$32.00  $29.44
Publisher
Little Brown and Company
Publish Date
Pages
576
Dimensions
6.5 X 9.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780316561693

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About the Author

Rebecca Donner's essays, reportage and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Bookforum, Guernica, and The Believer. All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days is her third book; she is also the author of a novel, Sunset Terrace, and Burnout, a graphic novel about ecoterrorism. She was a 2018-2019 fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Vermont Studio Center. Born in Vancouver, Donner is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University, and has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Columbia University, and Barnard College.

Reviews

"Highly evocative, deeply moving, a stunning literary achievement. Rebecca Donner forges a new kind of biography--almost novelistic in style and tone, this scholarly work resurrects the courageous life Mildred Harnack, an unsung American hero who led part of the German resistance to the Nazi regime. A relentless sleuth in the archives, Donner has written a page-turner story of espionage, love, and betrayal."--Kai Bird, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography
"A stunning biography... Donner's research is impeccable, and her fluid prose and vivid character sketches keep the pages turning...This standout history isn't to be missed."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Rebecca Donner has written a beautifully rich portrait of a very brave woman. While never less than scrupulously researched, this biography explodes the genre of 'biography' experimental but achieved, Donner's story reads with the speed of a thriller, the depth of a novel, and the urgency of an essay, like some deeply compelling blend of Alan Furst and W.G. Sebald."--James Wood
"Donner's meticulous research and novelist's sensibility make for a riveting biography of a remarkable and brave woman... Readers of Erik Larson's biography In the Garden of Beasts will appreciate Donner's different perspective on the same historical events and figures. Recommended to all who enjoy engaging narrative nonfiction."--Laurie Unger Skinner, Library Journal
"An impressive story... a welcome contribution to the history of the anti-Nazi underground."--Kirkus Reviews
"How can it happen that a constitution, a free press, and a democracy be demolished--all within six months? This powerfully written story of Mildred Harnack, resistance fighter against Hitler, tells step by step the way the German republic fell to the Nazis. Read All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, and be warned."--Maxine Hong Kingston, winner of the National Book Award, author of The Woman Warrior
"At once boldly imagined and lovingly researched, All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days sets the remarkable story of resistance fighter Mildred Harnack against the backdrop of daily life in Germany as Hitler tightened his grip on the nation. Epic in sweep, written with a novelist's attention to detail and a historian's perspective on social and political forces, this book opens up new possibilities for biography."--Ruth Franklin, winner of the NBCC Award for Biography, author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
"Combining meticulous scholarship and sparkling narrative brio, Rebecca Donner's All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days brings to life for the first time the central role played by underground activist Mildred Harnack in Germany's homegrown opposition to Nazi rule. That Harnack was an American woman from Wisconsin only adds to the complexity of this stirring and tragic story, which culminates in the Harnack group's ill-fated clandestine campaign to undermine Hitler's regime. More broadly, Donner's portrait of the cruelly oppressive system against which Harnack and her circle fought can serve to remind us of what can happen when, amidst economic insecurity and anguish over dislocating socio-cultural change, a highly civilized nation embraces demagoguery over democracy."--David Clay Large, author of Berlin
"Mildred Harnack lived an extraordinary life... Donner--Harnack's great-great niece--draws on notes, diaries, letters and declassified intelligence materials to offer this window into 1930s Germany and Harnack's remarkable actions."--Joumana Khatib, New York Times Book Review (New Books Coming in August)