PLOT: a newsman's view of Nazi Germany from the inside.
William L. Shirer and his wife Tess are living in 1930s Berlin and they view from the inside the Nazi preparing for War. This written in diary form. This starts with the march on the Rhine. This shows us first hand a glimpse into the mind set of Hitler and his Henchmen. We see the people put on rations so the Nazi War Machine can go full force against most of Europe one country at a time. Especially interesting is the Nazi Propaganda hiding the "bombings" on England to give the German People motive to continue the War. We see first hand how far the Nazi Lies go to motive, hide and deceive both the German People and the world. Shirer is both articulate and interesting as he gives us his view of the "inner circle" of Hitler. and we see first hand how FAR the lies of the Nazis go. Included in the start of the "euthanasia" in German with the mentally ill and disabled and why the German excuse of "ending their suffering" was both a threat and lie fulfilled. The READER if first rate and this is both an excellent audio plus a view inside the making of the Nazi climb to power and how they stayed there. I just purchased The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich because this audio was so very good. Typically history is not this interesting. and so very revealing of the "German" mindset and the ruthless way Nazis used it to get a foothold into power and so effectively used it to achieve total control of the German People. Especially effective is the use of Propaganda and total control of the information people received by Newspapers and Radio which "ADDED" to the 'control and motivation' on the road to World War 2. 5 STARS~~~
Yes, In order to keep reminding myself of what can happen to a nation of sheep.
Author's understanding of what was going on on in Germany.
It shows what can happen in a country when the people of a nation become mesmerized by a leader who demonizes a group in society in order to assume complete power. In Germany it was Jews who were blamed, Here it is "the rich".
A fascinating first hand story of the history of Germany during the rise of Hitler. The life of a foreign correspondent during incredible times is wonderful.
I am a world war to amateur buff! This diary had me from the opening lines. Great narration!
If you have a slight working knowledge of the Nazi rise to power, this is an amazing document. And since it's a diary being read, it's perfect in Audible form. Don't miss this!! If you're not quite up to snuff on your European Nazi history, listen anyway. That's what the pause button and Wikipedia is for! This reading reminds me of the 9/11 air traffic control tapes, available on YouTube. History in real time. Frightening and maddening. Perfect narrator and narration.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in what sober-minded people were thinking at the time when Nazi Germany conquered most of Europe and North Africa.
An interesting take on pre-War and early War Germany. It was interesting to see what rationing looked like in Germany. A lot wasn't surprising. However, what he published so early didn't see to get wide dissemination before the war ended. It's an interesting contemporary look at Hitler's Germany. I preferred Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, but this is still worth reading.
Unique perspective on the buildup and early years of WWII. But it is a diary.
It was interesting to hear a reporter's day by day account of Germany's advances during WWII as country by country is taken over. The reader read a little to fast to be able to take in all the details, but nevertheless, it gave a perspective about the war unlike others I have read.
There was one chapter on cryptography and I found it fascinating...
I don't know have print version, but certainly the narrator was wonderful!
There are no "characters" here... This is all REAL historical figures. I guess the writer is my favorite guy, obviously, as he figures most heavily in the story...
He has such a wonderful narrator's voice - passionate, yet soft!
It made me sigh - sigh at the stupidity of European Continental policy before WWII... when so many signs pointed to war, they took the then seemingly "easy" way out... doing nothing.