I will soon be eighty one years young. I have had a very interesting life learning from it as well as enjoying it. I just published a book.
A wonderful, enjoyable read that all should read,and be at least be discussed in American schools. Full of details that even though I thought before my reading that I knew somewhat about I gained so very much from the research and style of Wm.Shirer.Yes, it could happen again. Next time it might not be Germany where it comes from. The only thing that can stop evil of this sort occuring once more is knowledge. Today in America there is too little of that. just have a conversation with the average high school student..
I cannot say enough about this book. I was captivated and, despite the daunting length, it seemed like it flew by. Shirer does such a good job of covering both the history of Germany, but also the personal histories of the different characters to give a really full context of the whole story. I also love the fact that he was on the ground for much of the events. I agree with his introduction when he says that it sometimes helps to have been an eyewitness and this is one of those cases. His research is fantastic and his story telling is even better. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
I can never get enough information on this period of history. I read his book in 1965 and liked it then but now so many years later I realise just how comprehensive his research was.
Of course living through this period as boy, I wondered why Germany and Japan took on the United States when we would have dragged our feet for many more years. Shirer covers all the bases and the fact that he was in Germany in those early years and observed the German people and the main players adds to the reading.
I like downloading books that I can go to over and over again and believe me this is one of them.
4.5 starts...have to save 5 for something perfect and this wasn???t that far off...When I downloaded this book I thought I would listen to it for a while. No way was I going to listen to 7 downloads! But I just finished it a couple of days ago and really liked leaning what really happened instead of someone else???s interpretation, for example movies. Personally I liked the narrator. His German, Italian and French pronunciations were really well done.It was also nice hearing the history of some of the cities I lived in while I lived in Germany.
This is an amazing tour de force. Written in the decade after WW2, the author had access to a multitude of information. After all the Germans were great at bureaucracy!
It took me over a month to listen to all 50+ hours and I was never bored or tempted to switch books.
The author captured the the true insight into Hitlers life,motivations,expectations and madness in his plans for the destruction of the German people.I found myself comparing how radical political thinking by a dictator to radical political thinking in a democracy can lead to the destruction of commonsense.
This book really takes you through how all these eventas happened from someone who was actually there to see it. Great for any history buff. Very long but worth it
I read this book from an old edition some years ago and the audiobool is really great also. Hours and hours of immersive 'reading' and learning about how Hitler rose to power and became master of Germany and Europe. The audio version is really nice. A true classic well reproduced in audio. Thumbs up!
Adolf Hitler and his government is difficult to address in literature, because there is content available in all media in excess and each person has deep and a lot of associations with the man and the era. This is a book written by a first hand witness, who can even comment on daily moods of the German leader. It is well researched too. Excellent and interesting page after page.
in reading the prior reviews, i was skeptical how a book, let alone an audiobook could keep one's attention for so long. this is the best audiobook i have ever listened to. the content is actually all very interesting with each chapter a treasure trove of new personalities, enlightened facts that all coelesce together. and.....the reader is flawless. he has an air of knowledge and authority while not being too much like a schoolmaster. this book got me thru 360 miles in preparation for a marathon. it is a must for anyone interested in nazi germany in the second world war. dont hesitate because of the size, it just makes it that much better.