"In every way, A Most Dangerous Book is a most brilliant achievement." â€”Michael Dirda, 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 â€śa bibleâ€ť and vow to resurrect Germany on its grounds. But the Germania inspiredâ€”and polarizedâ€”readers long before the rise of the Third Reich. In this captivating history, Christopher B. Krebs, a professor of classics at Stanford 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.