Professional Escapist and Self-Help Junkie. I have a background in the classics, but a love for fantasy, horror and science fiction
There are an unfortunate number of similarities between the U.S. now and Germany prior to WWII... And I can't help thinking of Santayana's quote, "those who Cannot remember the past..."
Aside from that, this book was tirelessly researched and attributed, and very well written, making it easy to forget that the book is over a half century old.
The narration is simply impeccable.
Think of it as a history book for non-academics, meaning it is clear, easy to understand and very interesting.
It took me almost two months to complete but it also made me go out and buy my own copy for my library. Disturbing is the best word I can use to describe this book. And it frightens me to see similair things playing out today with most people saying it will never happen again. And when it does will be be standing around like the German people saying I wish I would have stood up earlier. I can see why so many people have bought a copy of this book, less we ever forget.
This is a very informative book. If you are looking to learn all about the politics of the nazi party, than this is the book for you. It is a very in depth book that at times is very difficult to listen to. It can be very difficult to listen to the actions of the Nazis directed against.... everyone. I have never listened to a book and felt like I was witnessing pure evil. My only complaint is that this portrays the wars ups and downs as being controlled completely by the Nazi's actions (and the soviets). No action by anyone else mattered. By this I mean they lost because they made bad decisions as opposed to the nations of the world working against them.
This is a very long audiobook, but it does not feel like it. It's gripping like a novel. Gardner does a magnificent job reading it; his pronunciation of foreign words is also great. Well worth it.
Just an outstanding history book WWII - must read so we do not forget what happened in the World.
"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" is an excellent history of Nazi Germany and World War II. The author has the unique perspective of being a correspondent in Germany during the years leading up to the war and the war's outbreak, as well as having full access to captured Nazi documents after the war. Shirer clearly was in a perfect position to write a history of Nazi Germany. My one complaint is that this work focuses too much for my tastes on the diplomatic dimension, and not enough on the military dimension (the war itself) or life in Nazi Germany. That said, this is pretty much required reading for anyone curious about Nazi Germany.
Best book I've listened to on Audible so far! I listened to those pretty much every day on the way to and from work, and have taken many long walks, just so I could listen to it.
Shirer describes Hitler's early life, how he joined a little known party, how he formed that party into the NAZI party the world came to fear, how he brought the party to power and installed himself as Chancellor, and then how he took Germany to dizzying heights, but ultimately destroyed her. This is not a military history. It is most definately a political/diplomatic history. Shirer spends a long time on the many diplomatic maneuvers and ploys engaged in by the NAZI's before the start of the war and then spends realitively little time on the actual battles. But if you understand this is not a miltary history, you won't be dissapointed.
Shirer relies on mainly on primary sources, but this is not a dry scholarly account. What I love about Shirer, is that he tells like it sees it, and the way he sees things is very intersting, insightful, and often humorous. For example, he often uses the adjective "corpulent" when describing Goehring.
To top it off, the narrator is amazing. Best narrator i've heard on Audible.
I have listened to over 300 audio books from Audiable and this was the best by far. I was expecting a dry and black and white history lesson. But to my surprise the author brought the whole time period to life. Many of my questions about World War two were answered. I have never written a review before. But this book really was really worth it. I highly recommend it even if you don???t care for history.
Shirer's work shines bright and strong.
From his astute observations about the sexual perversion that always goes along with government corruption, framed around the facts as they happened, this is one solid history book.
The audio version has only added to the quality of Shirer's work.
Say something about yourself!
Collectively a very interesting narrative of the Third Reich. My only complaint, and why it slipped a star on my scale, was I felt the author weighed in too much with his own opinions.