There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans’s history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as it shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. The Coming of the Third Reich is a masterwork of the historian’s art and the book by which all others on the subject will be judged.
©2005 Richard J. Evans (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp
"[A]n impressive achievement.... [Evans'] opus will be one of the major historical works of our time." (The Atlantic)
This book is written by a Historian's Historian: the attention to historical detail is mind-boggling; grand theorizing is refreshingly absent, totally subordinated to factual narrative; and the clarity of historical causation (i.e. that the vast and contingent complexities of particular moments and places in time are the only thing that can possibly explain the ways that history unfolds) is stark. This is a brilliant and revealing book, packed with fascinating information about its subject. If this is not political science theory, it is also not biography. Hitler is just one player, albeit very important, in his account. In short, this is a serious book for people who are seriously interested in the period. And it happens to be written extremely well .. in a lively, eloquent, compelling way .. and narrated nicely. But it is not a book for people looking for easy answers, short-cut theories, or facile biographical explanations. Indeed, this is one of those rare books that is both crafted by a master scholar and entertaining to read.
A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.
Interesting and engrossing. Like looking through an in-depth book without the eye strain, and seeing how an evil empire evolved.
Someone that enjoys readings from someone that reads like reading a textbook.
How Hitler managed to weasel himself into power
As stated before, he sounded like he was reading a textbook. His reading was dry.
What should have sparked anger, sparked apathy.
Fortunately I got the book on sale, so I would say that I got my money's worth, but I may end up buying the book on kindle (if available). The Computerized voice seems more exciting.
Pratt's narration is abysmal. His pacing is odd. He makes pitching choices (adding or not adding emphasis thorugh vocal pitch) that are simply wrong, constantly mis-cuing the listener. But, worst of all, he constantly adds incongruous pauses throughout the narration, often coming to a full stop in the middle of a sentence. He pauses luxuriously before every "and" or "that" and, most annoyingly, for no understandable reason at random positions in every third or fourth sentence. The listener is put in the position of trying to reconstruct the pacing and meaning of the previous sentence while trying to listen to the next. I found myself so annoyed and distracted by the narration at times that I completely lost track of Richard Evan's content.
Pratt also mis-pronounces common German words, like "volk", which is unforgiveable in a book discussing the history of the Third Reich. (This is the kind of thing the producer of the audiobook should have corrected.)
I've just finished listening to the preface and first two chapters and am seriously considering stopping at this point and moving on to another title. The content, which, from what I can tell, is very well-researched and well-written, is entirely and sadly eclipsed by an incompetent narrator.
I wasn't sure I would listen to this entire book, but I found it very interesting and look forward to the next volume.
Nazi Germany is the great boogeyman of the West, most chillingly because Germany was one of the most advanced, progressive states in the world at the time. This book does a great job digging into the how - including both personal and global accounts, and bringing cultural, political, personal analysis in addition to the dry historical facts.
"Stuffy" narrator , thorough account. With a different narrator the story would have been fascinating but as it is one's mind tends to wander from the account at times.
I'm a manager of a lawncare crew that listens to audio books when feasible. I have 2 years of business and 3 towards a history degree.
This author has no idea what he is saying. I've listened to about 8 hours so far, and he contradicts himself repeatedly. He frequently states such bad things are solely done by the Right in German, then two sentences later states the left did is some too. He even goes so far as to simply very complex political movements as Right and Left, but you can't cut things that easily. The Nazis were very nationalist, which is right, but also very socialist, which is left.
Evans refers to a an author named Pretzel, but doesn't mention that Pretzel wrote under the name Sebastian Haffner and fails to cite the name of the book. The book by Pretzel that Evans refers to is called "Defying Hitler," which I've read and is an amazing book. It's very clear that both Nationalists (right wing) and Communists (left wing) both joined the Nazi movement if Evans ever bothered to read the book he cites. The Nazis were known to preach "National Communism" as part of their movement compared to "International Communism" of the Soviets. Soviet Communism was an international movement, and the Nazis liked the idea, but wanted such a system on a National level. This blending of Right-wing Nationalism and Left-wing Socialism/Communism is a concept that Evans completely skips.
He also states very clearly he didn't want to be political, and would try his best to keep things simple and unbiased. He then mentions that his book is relevant to events at the time of it's publishing (Bush is president). He lumps every bad person as right wing, and all the good people as left wing. I only bought this book because of a sale, and now I'm disappointed I did so. If you want a real account of the rise of the Third Reich, listen to "Defying Hitler" by Sebastian Haffner.
(I majored in History and read "Defying Hitler" in college and had to write a subsequent paper on it)
This audiobook is remarkably interesting, very complete and detailed, provides a convincing explanation of how the 3rd Reich came to power and does so with a fresh perspective. It does not fall in the "Hitler is crazy and the Germans are too" pitfall: instead, it gives a human understanding of this process.
The narration is also flawless. This is an excellent buy.
yes yes yes
Having listened to Rise and Fall I was prepared to be bored with facts that were repeated. This is a whole new look at the history of the beginning of the Third Reich. I honestly do not hear what the others have said about the commentator. I find his narration to be soothing and well modulated. I defintely will be buying the second book in the series.
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