I have no idea what William Shirer actually sounded like, but he should have sounded like Grover Gardner. This is a down-to-earth history with a matter-of-fact narrator.
Last Man Standing
This is by far one of the best historical book I have ever read. Bravo to the writer and the narrator. We must never forget. Lots of the same mistakes are repeating it self, with the current fight against ISIS.
Yes if they like history. It's a great narrative about the Nazi-ifcation of Germany and the consequences thereof. I found it spellbinding and the narrator was excellent.
I found the part about him rising to become Chancellor was quite good.
Don't have a favorite. Just enjoyed the entire thing.
"Decent into Madness", because that's what happened to Germany.
The only problem with the book is the author's constant implication that much of the Nazi leadership were "homosexuals and deviants". You can tell that it was written in an earlier (less enlightened) era where being a homosexual somehow made you immoral and evil. Be prepared to hear that kind of judgmental junk a few times.
Yes - This book gives a thorough, detailed, interesting story of the Third Reich. It does not bog itself down with particulars of battles, equipment, tactics, etc. like so many WWII histories do. Instead, it focuses on the political, leadership, economic, and diplomatic events that underpinned the war. The result is a very much deeper understanding of the war than can be gleaned from the usual battle histories.
Well Written by a journalist who lived in Germany and who had access to extensive primary resources from many documents.
This book far exceeded my expectations. While its a fairly old book, we need to know history so that it's not repeated like 1930's Germany.
Great sweeping review of one of the darkest periods in human history. For anyone who may doubt the potential for human evil, this book is a must read. Deep in detail and wide in breadth, it follows the life and career of Adolf Hitler as he led the great German nation down a path of victory and ultimately destruction. Millions died as a result of his lust for power and any student of history should be acquainted with this remarkable tome.
I put off reading this book for many years because of its length and the weight of the subject. Like many readers, I also had cross-generational wounds to reckon with in it: one whole side of my family was wiped out in the Holocaust.
It's an extraordinary document, one of the most valuable, memorable books of history I have ever read. It combines the author's personal experience of most of the major figures and events of the Third Reich as a news correspondent with his deeply effective use of captured records of one key decision and conversation after another at the highest levels of German power.
To this he adds years of interviews and correspondence with key figures after the war and a rich grasp of European history, philosophy and cultural tradition.
My world view is wider as a result of reading this book, and it still throws light on current world events 65 years after it was published.