The book was extremely thorough. Sometimes it contained way too much detail. This type of book is a must read to gain an understanding into the lead up to WWII. It also shows what just one fanatical leader can do to ruin a country.
I have read a lot about the rise of Hitler and WWII, but not much about the years when the Nazis transformed Germany through bureaucracy, propaganda and terror. This book is full of fascinating details about life in the Third Reich from 1933 to 1939, including diary entries from average Germans.
Once again Evans paints a meticulous picture of a horrifyingly oppressive regime that invaded every part of German life during the 1930s. That it all came together in 6 years is frightening and a teachable history lesson.
The book gives a really good portrait of what living in the Third Reich was like. The reader has not done enough homework so that he can competently pronounce the words he is reading. Oddly he does pronounce some words correctly, but is not consistent.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Peace Through Joy and Other Nazi Propaganda Schemes Exposed
I am grateful to Richard J. Evans for this history. His matter of fact narrative somehow makes this subject come alive. One of the most intriguing aspects of Nazi Germany was how they managed to quell the resistance of the German people. They did it by ruthless totalitarian intimidation. It is a study in human depravity and weakness to stand against injustice. Be careful when reading this for you will begin to see Nazis everywhere when you realize that our government is resorting to many of the same propaganda measures the Nazis used. Hitler artificially reported the unemployment numbers by removing the jobs lost from the reporting; our government foes the same thing. And then there is Hitler’s fanatical hatred of the Jews. Here Evans does the best job at explaining this that I have read. Antisemitism had long been a part of European culture, but it was not officially sanctioned. When Hitler institutionalized and authorized hatred of Jewish people he allowed this evil to have free reign and it quickly became a widespread no holds barred cultural obsession not just a series of disjointed acts of closet racial prejudice. It is shameful to realize that members of the human race can actively act in this genocidal manner. It is also shameful to see the Western leaders fail time and time again to act when at many points they could have stopped this reign of terror from ever being launched.
This is one of the most fascinating periods of human history: one, because it did not happen so very long ago that we cannot relate to the world situation; two, because the characters on opposing sides, such as Hitler and Goering, Stalin and Churchill, are so dominant in their own spheres if influence to seem super human caricatures or comic book villains and heroes; and three, because WWII altered the world in which we live so profoundly that we must delve into the causes of this upheaval. I have read and listened to many volumes of lore on the Second World War and find that I still learn something new in every section of this book by Evans. I have recently listened to THE STORM OF WAR by Andrew Roberts, THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH by William L. Shirer. This book covers the topic from an entirely different, and more insightful, angle.
Sean Pratt again does a great job at reading giving clear pronunciation throughout. His voice is pleasant and never becomes a distraction.
This is a story we need to know and history we need to remember. That said, this volume, more so than Book 1 in the series, bogs down in detailed statistics. I think it is the weakest book in the trilogy.
Yes, but with a warning about detail and narration.
I'm going to make it through all three books in this series, then probably not. The unique pronunciations of some things, and the general lack of emphasis do make me eager to hear this voice again.
See the first question.
Many books have been written that describe how the Third Reich affected the rest of the world. This is one of the rare books that describes how the Third Reich affected Germany.
High School Reading and English Teacher
Can't imagine how Nazi achieved and held that level of power? This book explains it.
As a history buff I purchased all three of the books in this series at one time and looked forward to hours and hours of listening pleasure. This was not the case. If your ambitions in life include becoming a dictator of country, and needing to know every little nuance of how Hitler succeeded in doing it in order to formulate your game plan, then this book is for you. If all you want to do is learn about the Nazi's and their rise to power, there are other books that are far easier to listen to and much more entertaining. Even though it is a work of fiction, Herman Wouks "The Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" have all of the historical facts correct while being wound into a very well written story. "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L Shirer is the classic and also very well written and concise.
In summary I respect the authors intent and the amount of research that went into these books, but as far as listening to them for entertainment purposes, they are like having somebody reading the dictionary to you. I find the narrators dead pan voice in my head so aggravating at times I start to scream! It is like someone is forcing me to listen to them as part of a prison sentence.