Yes! Although it is a painful chapter in history, it is one that we need to learn from. All voters should be familiar with this era.
There are many lessons here to be learned. Unfortunately, history is barely taught in schools these days and the history that is taught is molded to fit a particular political view. This book gives you the facts and leaves it to you to decide what could have been differently. Churchill called WWII the "unnecessary war". Had the world only listened to him millions of lives could have been saved.
Never let it happen again!
WWII was the worst war in the world's history and it could have been avoided. Everyone should read this book and others like it to understand how.
Fascinating front-row seat through a journalist's eyes--not a historian, but a writer who saw it as it happened. Interesting insight into the Mussolini/Hitler relationship.
It's hard to beat this famous book for sheer listenability. Shirer has a gifted journalist's ability to describe complex patterns of events in a compelling, direct and extrordinarily lucid way. No wonder the book has been so widely read. Grover Gardner's performance is simply remarkable. Over dozens and dozens of hours he manages to bring the text to life, never flagging and never becoming monotonous. How he manages it is something of a mystery.
THE storry of rise and fall of Hitler
The weakness of will of the UK, France and USA at the time
While the west slept
Few books have the interest holding capacity to warn future generations about that which has happened in the past as something that could again happen in the future without sounding apocryphal, banal and gloomy. As horrifying as Hitler's insidious reign was, more horrifying was the ease at which he was able to gain ascendancy within arguably one of the most literate and sophisticated cultures of Western Civilization:1920-1930 Germany. After reading this book, it put the tired political slogan "it's the economy stupid" in new light. Granted we do vote our pocketbooks, but we must never forget that is exactly what the German's of the 1930's did as well. When the primary desire of elections reflect purely economic security and stability, we then could fall into the same trap as the Germans a few generations ago. We could sacrifice all our liberty for a piece of bread. The indictment against the culture then was that they were willing to forego in an almost absentmindedness the learning, philosophy, culture and freedom earn by previous generations, for a short-lived and eventual economic mirage of stability and industry. The warning to us is that we must love liberty, freedom and be willing to pay the price for those precious virtues for ourselves and others or we risk becoming civilized, prosperous slaves, ultimately becoming inhumanly insensitive and numb to those deemed less desirable. What essentially is so poignant and frightening about Shires book is not about how evil the the Third Reich was--as true as that was-- but how "normal" the Germans that Hitler led were and in that normality could descend into cultural madness.
The Author, shifted through 485 tons of Reich records, personal diaries, telephone logs and more to take you step by step exactly how this Nazi enterprise sprouted, took root and grew. Also, demostrating the gullibilities of democratic and monarchial governments. Hitler was a master at reading the lay of the political landscape, exploiting every opportunity he created or observed. To sum it up, Brilliant expose` of the Nazi Reich's Rise and Fall. I am still stunned by this intense exposure to "man's" darkest character, I'll never see politicians, persons of ambition or govt as harmless again. G. Washington said; "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The German Generals had many opportunities to take Hitler out in the late thirties, all were held back by their personal ambitions and addiction to the euphoria enveloping them. Until Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg came along. Worth every minute of your time.
My dad also listened to this and he loved it. It can be a bit repetitive at times and sad from a humanity perspective. I liked the book but could only take the depraved nature of the history in bit sized chunks. With that aside there is not a piece of the Nazi history that is not talked about ... very in depth ..... well spoken ....
The details were gripping without being mundane or superfluous. This gave the book a great context.
Grover Gardner's inflection really made the book listenable.
William Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" is not only definitive but extraordinarily informative and without bias. Being unbiased is crucial in order to get a real grasp of the historical truth.
Just outstanding. So very very good.
The juxtaposition of the history of the Nazi's along side the author's personal interaction with the events has they happened gives a multidimensional feel to the book. By book's end, you feel you not only have a good grasp of what happened, but you feel that you have some feeling for what is was like to have been there.
Narrator was good, sounded like a journalist should sound.
World gone crazy.
GET THIS. Very good history.
I have been gobbling up books about this period in time so I can understand completely what happened and why. This book completed the puzzle. It is a long book, but because I had a good understanding of who the characters were in the Nazi story and what parts they played, I appreciated the added details this book offered. I'm not sure this book would appeal to those who are new to the subject. Thank you William Shirer for wading through all the German documents and presenting this masterpiece.