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.
Long car rides have rekindled my love for 'reading' I like a good history book, thriller and - most importantly - zombie fiction.
The depth of information and detail is almost staggering. I learned more about Hitler and the Third Reich than I ever imagined. The narrator absolutely made the story. His emotion, capture and depth made the somewhat dry nature of the topic come alive.
The depth of information as well as the author's candid commentary on the people and times.
No, but I imagine this stands up as one of his best.
I don't think you could make a film that would effectively capture the depth of this book.
Unlike a high school history book, this voluminous chronicle of Adolph Hitlers infamous rise to power and ultimate fall, if not from grace-his own people never really believed and/or understood the utter insanity and evil this man was-most definitely from the pinnacle of his warped world domination ideological seat of power in Germany, is the most complete yet readable account of such an important time in world history!
Awesome. The reading was intensely performed and kept my attention from the beginning. At times, admittedly, a bit more detailed in the minutiae than I could keep up with. Yet, the painstakingly difficult task of research, organization, and effort to pull all the disparate documents, records, diaries, court transcripts, and interviews of eyewitnesses must be appreciated for such a recount of world history as Hitlers will definitely cause much consternation & debate on what is true, false, lies, and utter nonsense. such detail provides the bead crumbs one needs to refute or prove ones claim
Everyone know that Hitler started WWII & eventually failed at his aims, but I for one had not known (or remembered the history from my youth had it been explained in more detail in school) this full tale of utter madness and manipulation of an entire group of people & world powers!
I recommend this book to any and all who, like me, came to ask..."why did WWII start?"...why was Hitler so against the Jews?...and why were the Italians & Japan fighting with Hitler?
Like most history buffs, I know a lot about WWII stuff. In listening to this book, however, I realized that I knew in general terms the story, but not the details of some events. I didn't understand the Anschluss with the interesting detail this book provides. I certainly didn't understand what a disaster the Munich agreement was. I certainly didn't understand the thinking behind Hitler declaring war on the Soviets and then the Americans. This book provides insight into those actions.
Its amazing to me how the Nazi's were able to make all institutions subject to the state. Outside the state there was nothing that they didn't control. It strikes me as an important reminder that a free society has businesses, organizations, churches outside the control of the state.
The narrator was good, but a bit slow. I listened at 1.25 speed and it worked great for me.
This book is for anyone who likes history. It is unusual from my perspective, because it was written from the German viewpoint, whereas all the other books read were from an Allied point of view. It adds to ones understanding of the thinking of the German people, although they were misled constantly by the Hitler government!
It is hard to believe that World War 2 happened only 70 years ago! My father was in Holland and had SS Soldiers living in his house during the war. This book was a marathon book in terms of length, but I was never bored for an instant. The book is so well written and informative. I was really impressed with the detail provided on the Rise of Hitler and what a monster he was. It is hard to believe these atrocities really happened. I felt so sad for humanity as I read this book. I couldn't help but wonder how I would have acted if I had been alive at this time. Would I have had the courage to stand up to Hitler? Would I have deluded myself about what was really going on? Trust me, this is a book that will impact your life. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich still looms in our collective memory and it must not be forgotten!
This is one of the books on my library bucket list. I was pleasantly taken aback by the new information of history I thought I knew. I'm not a historian by any measure but I have an interest. Important history told as a great story.
Honest impressions of the authored commend to all who want to understand this era in history