Although written many decades ago, it's still very relevant as a remarkable work of history. The detail presented strikes the right balance throughout the work for the non academic listener.
Very well delivered.
Long, very long but so worth it because it explores the Third Reich in a way that lets you see into the minds of it's leaders.
Rommel and Churchill
He reads it very well giving the long tale written by Shirer good pacing and by the end your so used to his voice that it's almost like your own.
It made me think more than any thing else, think about the lives lost, the sacrifice, the tragedy, the heroism and the will of one person being able to change the world whether for good or bad.
covers the actual war quite well but if you want to listen to something more aimed at the Japanese and the 2nd world war in the pacific then I'd recommend another book but for the war in the west it does a superb job.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
This is a chilling and superlative insight into the politics of the Third Reich. We've heard of the battles, the bombings, the Holocaust, the slaughter—but this book details the political maneuvering of Adolph Hitler and his gang of pseudo-idealogues in a very unique way.
William L. Shirer was there, and his perspective as a correspondent through the rise, the fall, and the war trials, carries intrigue, adventure, and fascination.
Grover Gardner is, of course, the best at this kind of reading, and is flawless.
Highly disturbing, highly recommended.
Gives insight into the political concerns and thoughts of the day which plays a large role in some of the decisions made.
None, unique complete book.
In depth, accurate, insightfull.
The book is incredibly detailed in the story of Nazi Germany. If you want to learn about the history the Third Reich, this is the book to buy. I took a WWII history class in college at the same time I was listening to this book and honestly feel that I learned a lot more from the book than the lectures. This is an amazing book that nobody who is interested in learning about history should miss.
This is the first proper historical book i chose on WWII, it didn't disappoint.
To understand the war you must try to understand the Nazis and Hitler, not just hearing their acts, but to hear their words they use as they give the orders and their defence at the Nuremberg Trials.
I found this book to focus on the diplomacy and people of the third reich, giving the listener a real and deep feel for these men, through the use of minutes from meetings and that it was written by someone who was there only a couple of years after the war ended, it feels fresh and timeless, deeply moving.
Having grown up in the Post WWII era, we learn about this tragic period in history from a very early age. There's no major surprises here.. Hitler was a racist, maniacal, tyrant that was determined to dominate the world.
But this book really brings you into the world of the Nazis as they rise and quickly destroy themselves along with most of Europe. Just a great book and document of the defining period of the 20th century.
Probably the best historical audiobook I've listened to. By using only primary sources Shirer uses his journalists inquisitiveness and a historians exactness. He mixes the sort of exhaustive social analysis utilized by De Tocqueville with a captivating following of storyline that keeps the reader thoroughly interested.
Two specific events described particularly moved me, breaking through the calloused historical look at Nazi atrocities. The first was the Luftwaffe low altitude bombing of Belgrade a city that had nothing to shoot back with. The second was Joseph Goebbels murder of his 6 children before ordering himself and his wife shot.
I'd recommend this work to anyone interested learning more about Nazi Germany and how far mankind can fall into barbarism.
Yes, There was so many interesting details that I am sure if I listen again I would learn something new again.
I have never understood how so evil a man as Hitler could rise to power -- after reading/listening to this book I understand now. A lesson to be learned that fragmented political parties can allow such to occur.
The staggering number of human life so blazely taken by the nazis in the Concentration Camps & of the POWs
I am still unbelieving that there are people who believe the Holocaust never happened. Shameful.
This is the definitive history of Nazi Germany written by one who witnessed most of the events. It is exhaustive in detail yet eminently readable (listenable?). The perfprmance makes it a pleasure to listen to (if pleasure is an appropriate word given the subject).
It helps to explain, to some degree, how a civilized nation could fall so easily to Barbarians.