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Great book for any history fan. I wish it had been a must read while in high school as it was enlightening. Glad I listened to it now.
57 hours went really quick. Even though I knew how it ends I still was gripped to hear what was going to happen next.
This is a must read for anyone who wants to live free of the history that put us here. The in-depth understanding from a first person retelling of the rise and fall of Hitler and the third Reich is critical in understanding politics, international relations; social and personal relationships among world powers and how they relate today. This is my third "reading" (first listen)! Shirker is a great essayist on this, a most personal story.
This book will pull you into what really happened, it is very hard to put down, I fell asleep to it many times because I could not stop listening to it. I have read it from cover to cover at least 3 times now. This book is how I went to sleep every night when working in North East, Baffin Island and living in a tent for 8 months. If you like real true to life war stories then you must have this book.bi would have given it a 5 star rating but there is a section I just could not finish listening too, you will know it when you hear it as you may also not be able to listen to it as well.
Have seen documentaries on TV about Third Reich, but the level of details that are in this book...is simply astonishing, and cannot be covered by none
A definite read for history buffs.
This was long and interesting. A comprehensive history of the strategic decisions made by Hitler and their consequences. The author also kept me interested with his subtle humor. What an amazing account.
I think every school kid should read this book because we, as a nation and a society should remember the horrors and depravity that human beings are capable of, and to ensure that such evil never rears its head again.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer recounts the history of Nazi Germany in exquisite, and at times excruciating, detail. Make no mistake, this is not light reading. The author, William L. Shirer was a correspondent in Vienna and Berlin during the reign of the Nazis and recalls his own personal experiences along with citing an extensive list of scholarly works and of course myriad documents captured from the Nazis themselves. There were times that I, a college educated man, found myself looking up words that are no longer part of our vernacular, at least in my social circle. At other times I felt physically ill as Shirer masterfully told the history of the many horrors of World War II's European theater. I would say this book is one of the definitive histories on Nazi Europe and a must read for everyone.
With regards to Grover Gardner's performance as narrator I'll just say he was phenomenal. Perfect pronunciation of tricky French and German words and names was a given in this narration.
I recommend this book to just about anyone. Just please understand that its subject is heavy and often horrifying but all the more important for it. These events happened less than 80 years ago and I feel it's important for people to remember what precipitated a war that cost 60 million people their lives.
I first read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich 40 years ago. The book's importance has not diminished in the intervening decades, and this wonderful audiobook captures Shirer's account from beginning to end. Given the political extremism of the 2016 Republican Party primaries and the rise of right-wing factions in other western democracies, everyone should listen to this remarkable first hand account of Hitler's rise in 1930s Germany. Chilling but fascinating, Shirer based his account on his own experiences in 1939s Germany as well as the troves of Nazi documents captured at the end of WWII in 1945. A must listen book for anyone who does not want demagogues and tyrants ruining our world.
Rather long and a bit graphic at times but told it as it was from first hand observation. Amazing documentation, must have taken a LOT of time to write.