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!
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.