The Author, shifted through 485 tons of Reich records, personal diaries, telephone logs and more to take you step by step exactly how this Nazi enterprise sprouted, took root and grew. Also, demostrating the gullibilities of democratic and monarchial governments. Hitler was a master at reading the lay of the political landscape, exploiting every opportunity he created or observed. To sum it up, Brilliant expose` of the Nazi Reich's Rise and Fall. I am still stunned by this intense exposure to "man's" darkest character, I'll never see politicians, persons of ambition or govt as harmless again. G. Washington said; "Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The German Generals had many opportunities to take Hitler out in the late thirties, all were held back by their personal ambitions and addiction to the euphoria enveloping them. Until Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg came along. Worth every minute of your time.
My dad also listened to this and he loved it. It can be a bit repetitive at times and sad from a humanity perspective. I liked the book but could only take the depraved nature of the history in bit sized chunks. With that aside there is not a piece of the Nazi history that is not talked about ... very in depth ..... well spoken ....
The details were gripping without being mundane or superfluous. This gave the book a great context.
Grover Gardner's inflection really made the book listenable.
William Shirer's "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" is not only definitive but extraordinarily informative and without bias. Being unbiased is crucial in order to get a real grasp of the historical truth.
Just outstanding. So very very good.
The juxtaposition of the history of the Nazi's along side the author's personal interaction with the events has they happened gives a multidimensional feel to the book. By book's end, you feel you not only have a good grasp of what happened, but you feel that you have some feeling for what is was like to have been there.
Narrator was good, sounded like a journalist should sound.
World gone crazy.
GET THIS. Very good history.
I have been gobbling up books about this period in time so I can understand completely what happened and why. This book completed the puzzle. It is a long book, but because I had a good understanding of who the characters were in the Nazi story and what parts they played, I appreciated the added details this book offered. I'm not sure this book would appeal to those who are new to the subject. Thank you William Shirer for wading through all the German documents and presenting this masterpiece.
recommend! complete and concise history of Nazi Germany
This is a must read by future generations
For anyone who wants to know more about the horrific era of the Third Reich, this is the source to read first. I highly recommend it.
The discussions between Hitler and Chamberlain concerning the "Munich accord"
I was repeatedly amazed and moved by the writer's descriptions of the horror perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews, Germans, other European states and virtually anyone that opposed the Nazis
The book was exceedingly well narrated by Grover Gardner
Being fairly new to Audio Books I have listened to 13 book by authors such as Tom Clancy, Tom Lutz, Vince Flynn and Lee Child. Being interested in the Second World War is what drew me to listening to this book. Never really getting into reading non-fiction works I was truly surprised at how thoroughly I enjoyed this listen.
Listening to how Hitler so easily manipulated some of the most well-known statesmen of that period.
I cannot say there was any particular scene that I could call my favourite. Knowing half truths about the war, my eyes were certainly opened when I listened to a more in depth history of what actually occurred. Learning about the characters was for me fascinating as I did not realise the complexity of some of them.
I listened to this book in my car, to and from work. I often, once I reached my destination sat and listened to the tale until time constraints forced me to switch off.
A must listen for younger listeners who have an interest in the war.
The reader has a great voice that is easy to listen to. It was long but very engaging. I thought I was knowledgeable about WW 2 but I learned a great deal from this book. I highly recommend this for any history fan.
An epic historical masterpiece. This is one of the best works of non-fiction I've ever read.
Gardner's performance is pretty close to perfect in its tone and cadence. He is understated and very matter of fact, but does a fantastic job of mirroring the author's own tone.