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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Audiobook

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

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Publisher's Summary

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

Now, many years after the end of World War II, it may seem incredible that our most valued institutions and way of life were threatened by the menace that Hitler and the Third Reich represented. Shirer’s description of events and the cast of characters who played such pivotal roles in defining the course Europe was to take is unforgettable.

Benefiting from his many years as a reporter, and thus a personal observer of the rise of Nazi Germany, and availing himself of some of the 485 tons of documents from the German Foreign Office, as well as countless other diaries, phone transcriptions, and other written records, meticulously kept at every level by the Germans, Shirer has put together a brutally objective account of how Hitler wrested political control of Germany, and planned and executed his six-year quest to dominate the world, only to see Germany go down in flames.

This is a richly rewarding experience for anyone who wants to come to grips with the mysterious question of how this menace to civilization ever came into being, much less was sustained for as long as it was. The answer, unfortunately, is that most of Germany, for a whole host of reasons, embraced Nazism and the fanaticism that Hitler engendered.

©1990 William L. Shirer (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“One of the most important works of history of our time.” (The New York Times)

”A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions.” (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Jalb 06-10-15
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    "Well written history"

    Well written and based on facts
    No distortion of the truth
    Very easy informative
    Can only recommend

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    It is hard to believe that World War 2 happened only 70 years ago! My father was in Holland and had SS Soldiers living in his house during the war. This book was a marathon book in terms of length, but I was never bored for an instant. The book is so well written and informative. I was really impressed with the detail provided on the Rise of Hitler and what a monster he was. It is hard to believe these atrocities really happened. I felt so sad for humanity as I read this book. I couldn't help but wonder how I would have acted if I had been alive at this time. Would I have had the courage to stand up to Hitler? Would I have deluded myself about what was really going on? Trust me, this is a book that will impact your life. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich still looms in our collective memory and it must not be forgotten!

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    This is one of the books on my library bucket list. I was pleasantly taken aback by the new information of history I thought I knew. I'm not a historian by any measure but I have an interest. Important history told as a great story.

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    "Good description of Nazi Germany"

    Great narration
    Honest impressions of the authored commend to all who want to understand this era in history

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    Detailed and well written. Author has conclusive research and narrator is well versed in the language.

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    This book encompassed such a great amount of information, it is staggering to imagine that it had been gathered so quickly for publishing.

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    "Best book I've come across in a very long time."

    The book is touching, informing, and entertaining. Truly a masterpiece. I know feel like I have a much better grasp on the rise and fall of the third Reich. Although it's a topic that one could spend a lot of time studying, this is an incredible book to give someone a good idea of everything that happened on a higher level, with many interesting and helpful details.

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    "History written in time - authentic voice"
    Would you listen to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich again? Why?

    I will. The story itself is beyond summary. There is so much depth to it and the narrative is compelling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich?

    The rise of Hitler. It was so improbable.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the author's mask would slip and he was unable to mask his contempt for this or that person.


    Any additional comments?

    Much of the style is dated, but it adds to an authenticity to the time. This is a story, not a dry recollection of dates. The author clearly tries to be impersonal but the times and people are so extraordinarily evil... The authenticity of the book is remarkable, informative, and impactful.

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    Patrick 05-02-15
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    "Epic, must read..."

    ...for anyone seriously interested in history. Long but never boring, read extremely well. Took me about 3 weeks to finish.

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    Bruce Lismore, Australia 04-30-15
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    "Achieves what its title states"

    An excellent book that explains a challenging history in simple terms for the listener. There is also a lot of detail for the serious history buff. A great work!

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