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.
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“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)
I thought I would like this a little more. I like to watch documentaries about WWI and WWII, but this just doesn't seem to really get my attention. In addition it is really really long and at 15-30 minutes of listening each day it will take a really long time to cover this book.
I'm not sure. Perhaps a different subject matter would grab my interrest
performance was fine
The first hand account of the author when he was in Nazi Germany. I basically loved everything about the book. Excellent listen. I cannot recommend it enough. It goes into detail on things that need to be detailed but it talks about mostly everything that have to do with the Hitler's regime. At the end of the book, you will feel much more knowledgable about this dark period of humanity.
I did not listen his other performances before but this one was excellent.
Amazing, exciting, terrifying.
The most interesting part of the book was how exactly Hitler managed to start the war "peacefully". It started with absolutely no shots fired and Hitler taking control of its two closest and well defended neighbors through fictitious plebiscites in which Hitler was able to win public opinion through trickery. It's a very interesting and genius way to take control of a territory and come out looking like the savior. It draws VERY similar ties to the way Russia is dealing with Ukraine right now. It's very interesting how history truly does repeat itself.
The entire book was packed with great information on how Hitler came to power and how he very quickly overtook most of Europe. It was a little slow to get started with the war, but the first few chapters provide critical details and introduce characters which play a big role later in the book. If you've ever wondered how an evil, war mongering, heartless man can win over a nation, wonder no more. This book reveals all those secrets and more.
There is not a book I could more highly recommend for anyone interested in history, especially WWII.
Definitely. There's so much information that no one can absorb it all from listening to it once.
Well, it's non-fiction, but I would say the most colorful accounts are the secret German papers and the personal diaries that recount candid quotes of the real Adolf Hitler.
it is too long to do that
This is the definitive tome for this period in history. It can get very dry and tedious in parts but if you really want to learn more than what the history channel tells you about Nazi Germany, this is the book. You can learn everything of importance that happened, sometimes in great detail, sometimes in passing. But if you're like me and you think it is important to truly and deeply understand the "virus of national socialism" this book is very dependable. At times the author's bias and understandable moral stance seems a little too pervasive and the historical tone of the book veers of the road a little. It feels more like a 40's radio address in places (even American Propaganda), but this is understandable, given the author's personal experience with the Nazis. There is one frustrating part where the author refers to the gay members of the SA as "homosexual perverts". While these brutal Nazis may well have been perverts, it seems to imply they were perverts strictly on the basis of their being gay, which is definitely 20th prejudice. But these remarks are in passing and should not interrupt the listener's enjoyment and learning experience.
Definitely an important book on an important subject.
There is no way in an audible format you can listen and retain all the names, places, dates, etc. But you can listen and retain most of it in a more general way. This is an EXCELLENT history and Shirer did a great job in compiling facts. Performance, overall, story--extremely well done.
This is definitely the best history book I have read/listened to. And it is also one amazing value, it contains over 50hs of history that you can buy with a single Audible credit.
The chapter The New Order, where the author describes how Germany transformed under Nazi rule and how they treated the people that suffered their horrors.
Grover Gardner is excellent, his voice is vivid and his tone keeps the story moving forward. He also has nearly flawless pronunciation skills for German and French names (could use some improvement for slavic names but you can't blame him).
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
If you have even the slightest interest in European politics and history, get this audiobook.
Although written many decades ago, it's still very relevant as a remarkable work of history. The detail presented strikes the right balance throughout the work for the non academic listener.
Very well delivered.
Long, very long but so worth it because it explores the Third Reich in a way that lets you see into the minds of it's leaders.
Rommel and Churchill
He reads it very well giving the long tale written by Shirer good pacing and by the end your so used to his voice that it's almost like your own.
It made me think more than any thing else, think about the lives lost, the sacrifice, the tragedy, the heroism and the will of one person being able to change the world whether for good or bad.
covers the actual war quite well but if you want to listen to something more aimed at the Japanese and the 2nd world war in the pacific then I'd recommend another book but for the war in the west it does a superb job.
No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.
This is a chilling and superlative insight into the politics of the Third Reich. We've heard of the battles, the bombings, the Holocaust, the slaughter—but this book details the political maneuvering of Adolph Hitler and his gang of pseudo-idealogues in a very unique way.
William L. Shirer was there, and his perspective as a correspondent through the rise, the fall, and the war trials, carries intrigue, adventure, and fascination.
Grover Gardner is, of course, the best at this kind of reading, and is flawless.
Highly disturbing, highly recommended.
Gives insight into the political concerns and thoughts of the day which plays a large role in some of the decisions made.
None, unique complete book.
In depth, accurate, insightfull.
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