Rebecca Donner: “The True Story of the American Woman at the Heart of the German Resistance to Hitler”

Winner of the 2022 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography, REBECCA DONNER’s brilliant book All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days reads like a mystery, a thriller, a biography, and a historical novel all in one. It is the story of Donner’s great-great-aunt, Mildred Harnack, who moved to Berlin as a young Midwestern grad student and became one of the leaders of the largest underground resistance groups to Hitler in the 1930s and 40s. It is both an intimate portrait of a courageous young woman and an absorbing account of how a murderous demagogue masterminded Germany’s progression from democracy to dictatorship. Donner will share Mildred’s story and talk about the dogged scholarly research that helped her piece together her great-great-aunt’s extraordinary life.

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