I've read the book twice since I was a teenager, and listened to this audio book recently and it is just as informative and engrossing as the first time.
This book definitely chronicles the entirety of the rise and fall of the Third Reich and it does so in a pretty objective way. Very informative, also pretty impersonal. There were definitely chapters that were dry and hard to get through, but overall it is worth reading if you are interested in the subject.
It was the most detailed yet enthralling account of the Third Reich I've ever listened to/read. The author does a marvelous job of painting a true picture of each major and minor character during this period with fascinating looks into their motivations or viewpoints via personal journals or memoirs. Great book that I might purchase in hard copy to read at a later time.
Always wanted to read this but never had the time to sit and read. Listening was a wonderful alternative!!! Great book...great audio!!
1. The reader is great.. Clear and compelling. He does sound a bit like a 1950s radio "personality", I.e lacking some but given the subject matter and when the book was written it fits.
2. Much other work has been done and this book challenged since its writing but it still presents a clear and compelling narrative as to the world in which the nazis grew, lived and fell.
3. While it does deal with the holocaust, does not do so extensively, nor does it mention some now recognized victims, such as LGBT individuals. If you would be disturbed by the lack of attention, prolly not a good bet.
Shirer's book is a classic. Although the history of this dark period continues to be written and debated, this book published only 14 years after the collapse of the Third Reich is still an amazing historical record. The circumstances surrounding Hitlers rise to power still boggle the mind, and the ineptitude of all those who had opportunities to stop him - the British, the French, and most especially the the Germans themselves is still staggering. Grover Gardner gives an excellent performance. Highly recommended.
I first read this work after graduating from college in 1979. It was a great education then. It was very revealing to listen to the audio book more than 30 years after having read it. The plain, politically incorrect, discussion of the early Nazi leaders and followers is an alarming commentary of the decline in modern American society.
Shirer notes that Hitler never used the word "Poland" when describing the "nations" that should be guaranteed in Roosevelt's speech. A quick youtube search will produce the speech and you can hear the entire Reichstag erupt in laughter when Hitler clearly says "Poland". Considering that Shirer was there, and was a corespondent to American, how could he possibly overlook such a mention?
Overall it's a very interesting book with a great narrator, but this clear lie from the author is inexcusable, especially considering that this is the definitive volume history on the regime.
I like to mix it up with a little bit of history now and then, and this is certainly one of, if not the best history I've ever read.
There were so many things about WW2 that I "didn't know I didn't know." And obviously many things that they don't teach you in school. This book covers both.
Gardner has an authoritative voice and a good German accent when pronouncing German.
Despite its length, this book kept my attention until the very last word. It reads almost like a fiction book, as crazy as the story actually is. A must read!