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.
It's long and the first few hours are a bit slow but it is well worth the time to listen. I like history but thought my knowledge of WWII was enough for me to understand its importance. After listening to this book, I am beginning to sense that I knew very little. Listening to this while on work/vacation in Poland made me regret my lack of understanding. It is the kind of work that makes you want to learn more and more.
My only minor criticism was that the narrator did not attempt to do an impersonation of Churchill. Churchill's speeches are memorable and inspiring but are more appreciated in that unique voice. Check out 'The Storm of War' for a few good examples.
Firstly, to addresss the length question, while a long book, it holds your attention throughout. More importantly, simply one of the best (and most important) pieces of history I have had the pleasure to read.
there are no words to describe the awfulness of these events. so instead i will comment on the performance. i was held spellbound over the period of about the week it took me to listen to this. a superlative performance of a brilliantly written piece of literature. a masterpiece of modern history.