By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent.
CBS radio broadcaster William L. Shirer was virtually unknown in 1940 when he decided there might be a book in the diary he had kept in Europe during the 1930s—specifically those sections dealing with the collapse of the European democracies and the rise of Nazi Germany.
Shirer was the only Western correspondent in Vienna on March 11, 1938, when the German troops marched in and took over Austria, and he alone reported the surrender by France to Germany on June 22, 1940, even before the Germans reported it. The whole time, Shirer kept a record of events, many of which could not be publicly reported because of censorship by the Germans. In December 1940, Shirer learned that the Germans were building a case against him for espionage, an offense punishable by death. Fortunately, Shirer escaped and was able to take most of his diary with him.
Berlin Diary first appeared in 1941, and the timing was perfect. The energy, the passion, and the electricity in it were palpable. The book was an instant success, and it became the frame of reference against which thoughtful Americans judged the rush of events in Europe. It exactly matched journalist to event: the right reporter in the right place at the right time. It stood, and still stands, as so few books have ever done, a pure act of journalistic witness.
©1941 William L. Shirer (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“The most complete news report yet to come out of wartime Germany.” (Time)
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.
a riviting personal portal to a complicated historical period. Rich with minor details that makes the experience real weaved with "big picture " observation that seems to have been inserted later in life. It does not detract from the pleasurable "reading".
I am a world war to amateur buff! This diary had me from the opening lines. Great 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.
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