This book would rank among one of the top books I have listened to.
An excellent speaker. Clear enunciation allows you to really crank up the speed without losing audibility!
This is a classic written by an eyewitness observer who is fluent in the German language. This book was written in 1960 after years and years of poring through documents.The book is dated. Bear in mind the author is a conservative protestant American and is consequently pious about sexual matters in a way which seems offensive today. That said , he was a journalist in Germany at the time and witnessed first hand many of the events in the lead-up to war. The author confesses his biases and has tried to back up most of his views with historical documents. I still think this is an excellent and highly detailed introduction to what happened. After reading this I hope to read books written by more recent historians to see what new information has come out since this one.
Super long book!! but totally worth it. I learned so much. I bought it as a joke but learned to really appreciate the history this book provides.
I found this book incredibly interesting and cleared a lot of misconceptions I had with how this whole thing went down. I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in getting details on what really happened and all the little details on what went wrong
I have been an armchair historian my entire adult life and have never before encountered a more complete and gripping account of Hitler's Germany. This work is profound.
The voice acting is top notch, kind of like a trustworthy newsman of a bygone era.
One was it's attention detail and tireless work to find the right information. Second was that the author gave it a personal touch by subtly giving his own thoughts and observations. It wasn't just a presentation of facts and documents. He was able to do this because he was there at the time and observed many of the ongoing events in person.
The most moving part was the stories of the Nazi atrocities that took place. I had no doubt that they occurred but wasn't aware of the extent and barbarity of the many of the actions.
I have listened to Grover Gardner before in "The Civil War" by Shelby Foote, yes all three editions. So when I saw he narrated this story I knew it would be good. He read it in such a way that I felt he was the author that wrote it.
If it wasn't 50 plus hours I might have. I listen to books on my commute to work and I always looked forward to listening to this each day. Even though I thought I knew the basics of this time period I certainly learned much more after listening to this.
Anyone seeking to understand Adolph Hitler, the Third Reich and World War II should read this.
Very compelling and we'll researched history. the fact that the author was a witness adds another compelling aspect to the story.
this is the grand daddy of them all. what a great book. grover gardner is the best
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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.