Great sweeping review of one of the darkest periods in human history. For anyone who may doubt the potential for human evil, this book is a must read. Deep in detail and wide in breadth, it follows the life and career of Adolf Hitler as he led the great German nation down a path of victory and ultimately destruction. Millions died as a result of his lust for power and any student of history should be acquainted with this remarkable tome.
I put off reading this book for many years because of its length and the weight of the subject. Like many readers, I also had cross-generational wounds to reckon with in it: one whole side of my family was wiped out in the Holocaust.
It's an extraordinary document, one of the most valuable, memorable books of history I have ever read. It combines the author's personal experience of most of the major figures and events of the Third Reich as a news correspondent with his deeply effective use of captured records of one key decision and conversation after another at the highest levels of German power.
To this he adds years of interviews and correspondence with key figures after the war and a rich grasp of European history, philosophy and cultural tradition.
My world view is wider as a result of reading this book, and it still throws light on current world events 65 years after it was published.
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The narration of the story was excellent. Really astonishing how many times wwII could've been prevented but a sociopath leader could manipulate the entire world out of fear. How so many were led to follow this person and do heinous acts on other humans is terrifying. Also the bizarre relationships with Italy's Mussolini, Russia's Stalin and Japan.
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William L. Shirer has created a very fine historical account of the rise and fall of Hitler's nightmare which became a terrible reality to humanity, and an abomination before God.
Grover Gardner's narration is superb. Well done!
There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...
It seems like an extremely long book when you first start, but it flies by like a good movie. I found this book enthralling.
This question is clearly meant for works of fiction. This is a book of history, not fiction. However, I think the author did manage to tell this important history in a very narrative and exciting way.
I have not.
History happens in the span of a minute.
Don't go through the whole book in one sitting. Split it up over a month or two, peppered with other works about WWII.
History, historical fiction and mysteries are my faves, but a fan of all genres.
Intersting not a dry account of facts and figures or a text book. Highly recommend.
This book is incredibly detailed and informative. Anyone interested in WW2 and German history will appreciate this book. My one complaint is that the book is dated and the author slightly too opinionated. He refers to the 'homosexual perverts' within the Nazi ranks. While there may have been homosexuals in the group, I don't appreciate homophobic and prejudice comments in the midst of otherwise informative writing. As always, critical reading/listening is a must.