Great book. Keeps you engaged even though it's a long one. Briefly explains a lot of detours so you understand the main points. I loved listening to this during my commutes to and from work.
Shirer's seminal work on the Third Reich is a must-listen for anyone interested in how a small, awkward man can become a demagogue and warlord.
This is a story of the horror men can inflict redeemed by the bravery of ordinary men. How can a nation be shepherded to such grotesque measures? How responsible were the everyday people? Why did it take so much for the US to enter the war? Were most Germans made subservient by fear? Is this a flaw in the German people? Are we all susceptible to be complicit to maniacal tyrants? Can we picture ourselves zealously chanting "Sieg Heil" to someone who promised a Valhalla?
Having traveled to Germany several times, the WWII slice of history has always been fascinating to me. I was initially intimidated by the length of this book, but found it to be a less so as I went on. This is a very detailed and extensive documentary on how things escalate to the point of total war in Europe and how it ultimately ended. There's little on the subject of the pacific theater, but the book does a good job of showing the link between Germany and Japan in the war.
No better book than this on World War II. I have read this book about 20 times over the years. The writer is insightful and very literate. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
I always wanted to know how Hitler and Nazi Germany actually came to be. How did that monster come to lead the country and then create the worst war in history.
There is so much going on in this audio book. It's over 70 hours. It took me months to finish as I would listen and put it down and come back to it, but it was very insightful and well performed.
Wow! This was a lot to get through, but worth it! Written within 15 years of the end of WWII, it tells the complete saga of Hitler, the rise of Nazism, and how Hitler essentially co-opted the German people and hijacked their culture. It answered (now a 1/2 century ago) questions that crop up even now in alternate historical fiction books and conspiracy theories. The length is prodigious but necessary for so complete a treatment - I feel like I've really accomplished a task by finishing it. Narration is excellent.