As an audiobook, this is excellent. Grover Gardner is a superb narrator! The work is just as advertised. It is monumental. I am astounded at learning how this evil empire actually came to power. In context this book brings to understanding how it happened. But also, the total horror of the evil of the Nazi regime is explained. This event is not even a century behind us. I was not bored in the least as the author takes you in detail through each event, each diplomatic conversation, each attempt to appease the Austrian Corporal to no avail. I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.
I definitely recommend this book. It not only is a very detailed and informative history of the Third Reich, but the author (who witnessed these events first hand) often adds his own testimony as to what he noticed and how he viewed the situation at the time.
This is a very thorough study on Nazi Germany. The story follows Hitler from the first World War through his rise and then his eventual fall. The material is very good but occasionally tiresome. At times it was hard to follow some of the characters in the beginning due to the German names (I am American). Maybe it would have been easier if I had read the book instead of listening. Overall this was a very good fifty-seven hour audiobook.
This is such a well written and thorough covering of the Third Reich I can't imagine ever needing to read another.
I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it
If you like history and would like the chronological order of all the events that led to WWII, this is the book for you. Excellent research work from the author. Mr Gardner did a great job too. Worth listening to if you are a history buff.
This book is very long, yet I'm in the middle of listening to it a 2nd time. The great Grover Gardner delivers another fine performance with Shirer's extensive examination of the Third Reich. From the philosophical and historic roots of Hitler's goals, to the societal pressures and everyday life of the German people, to the military strategies and geopolitical maneuvering, this book comes as close to telling the complete story as any single book can do. Do yourself a favor and get this book!
German by birth - cosmopolitan by conviction. A CFO enjoying dynamic and multicultural Asia. Classic car and history buff and scuba diver.
For me, William L. Shirer is THE capacity in describing and explaining the disastrous rise of the national socialists in Germany and the reasons behind the German nation supporting the and suffering from the system the nazis had established. I have read and listened to a lot of books dealing with the subject over the last 30 years but could have cut it all short if I had picked this one as the first. Shirer was right in the middle of it all and his first hand experiences make a huge difference to all the more distant observers and historical scientists. This is a must read for anybody truly interested in the subjects.
The book has the immediacy of someone who witnessed many of the events chronicled and the excellence of the reader adds to this.
As long as this book is, I was never bored in the listen. As I worked or while I drove or even chores around the house, this book is very good. I am always watching history on the educational channels and this was as good as any. A bad time, an evil time in German history, you come to understand how one man was able to come to power at the right place and right time, for him that is, not for the world.