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)
The immensity of the topic, the author, and conversational tone of this book conspired to capture my interest and hold it for nearly 60 hours. Incredible. While I'm sure many academicians would poo poo this incredibly well researched work for interjecting too much personal opinion, I loved it. I recommend it to anyone wanting a better understanding of how the 3rd Reich came to be.
Reading sometimes sounds like smugness or pontification. Does not really convey the role of Soviets accurantly (more time should have been given to their importance in defeating the nazis.). Overal a good capturing signficant events.
I enjoyed the book. Very informative. It's amazing how history can repeat itself. Much that happened in Germany before WWII that led to the rise of the Nazi party is seen today in the US. The liberals and Nazis have much in common.
If this were not real history, well documented in many books and articles, I would not believe the amazing events that have taken place upon the world stage not so very long ago. The atrocities that were not only performed at the word of one man, but the willingness of a people to follow such a megalomaniac in his hatred of virtually every other culture and people of the world.
If we do not study history then history is bound to repeat itself. I fear many in our educational system today are not learning of the true atrocities of the third reich.
This book was well written and performed well. I can't believe how quickly I was able to complete it.
Despite the very good reviews I was somewhat hesitant to purchase a book written so long ago on this subject. My hesitation was not warranted. I found it to be a fascinating listed and well performed. Despite some unfortunate derogatory language regarding homosexuals, it stands the test of time.
My passion has always been learning about history, but only lately as I am in my 60's have found the time to read, follow history's account
First a Great Narrator, Second a complete sequential event of the history of the Third Reich, at first I was not sure how this writer would follow the events, but I was pleasantly surprised that it was done with historical facts and references provided.
This is one of the best Audible titles I have listened to. Not only is Shirer a great writer and journalist/historian, Grover Gardner is excellent in his reading of this book. I was extremely impressed with his pronunciation of the German language when he needed to be. He also made the story of Nazi Germany come to life when so many historical books are dry and boring. Do not be daunted by the 57 hours. It flew by and I wished it were longer!
Awesome narrator and incredible information.
"Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent" Another book by William L. Shirer, Just as good as "The Rise and Fall" with amazing insider information
If you enjoy books about the NSDAP then this is a must read.
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