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)
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Many. The depths of evil are almost unbelievable.
Excellent. He has a voice and manner that make you think of a great teacher you once had.
It was easy to follow even considering its length. There were no real low points.
History is our greatest teacher. We should not forget the travesties that happened such a short time ago. There are still evil people in the world. They're waiting for an uneducated and undiscerning populace to to rule.
This book shows, so clearly, just how gullable a populace can be. Listen and learn.
probably removing 1/3rd of the pages and giving it any sort of human life
Probably something else historical
monotone as hell
I did learn a lot about WWII and the events leading up to it. And I would consider myself to be a very knowledgeable person on the subject in general
This book is long. And doesnt get anywhere near interesting until the last 20%. I dont see what every one else liked.
thorough, written by a journalist who was in Germany during Hitler's rise. a must read for any serious student of the 20th century.
classic reader of the very best sort. this is one you can put in your pipe and smoke for a while, go over again. think about, not a quick read, only a must read and study...
very long no can do at one time.
Shirer has the benefit of actually being present to witness the rise and fall of the Third Reich. His narrative voice held my interest throughout this relatively long book. Grover Gardner is one of the best narrators I have heard. His work here and on Shelby Foote's series on the Civil War is outstanding
read the book 30 years ago. now that I'm almost 80 I enjoyed listening to it as i fell asleep.
roman empire. napolean and france.
he is a great narrator.
the absolute brutality of the Nazis towards Jews and slavs. The depravity of the top echelon of the leadership of Hitlers henchmen. The lack of remorse by the instigators and implementers of the final sollution. The idea that modern day Germans lectured us on our conduct in the Vietnam war--given their collective history. On a trainride from Dresden to Praque some years ago, 3 teenage German girls berated Ronald Reagon to my family and I as a threat to world peace and the US as an evil empire--seemingly they never heard of Hitler, the Austrian Anschluss, the rape of Checkoslavakia, the attack of Poland, the murder of the jews and slavs etc. Evidently the vaunted German Hoch Schules, Gymnasiums etc leave out the history of Germany from 1937 to 1945.
This is an incredible telling of an extraordinary period of time in the 20th century. Very detailed and specific connecting
Grover is excellent. Giving character to what could be dry history.
The events at times can make me sick.
The shear detail in this book is amazing. I've been learning about this subject for years and this book provides more detail and history than any other I've read.
The subject for me has always been compelling enought to make me want to learn about in a single read. I found myself lost in its telling of the facts and losing track of time, but due to the total duration one would have to give up all other concerns and consume copious amounts of stimulant to get thru this without stopping.
Well done recounting of the amazing and terrible rise of a madman. Add in first hand experiances of the author to key turning points and this book is as close as it comes to being, if not is, the defacto standard of this dark and shameful part of world history.
Shirer is a wonderful historian, and the book holds up extremely well. Gardner is a very sharp narrator. Highest recommendation.
I've been into collecting and researching war and specifically ww2 since i was 10 im now 30 and this is the most descriptive single resource of the line of reasoning in the third reich i have come across. love it
I read this book as a teenager and reading it 20 years later I can see why I had such awful nightmares. The author shows the prejudges of the age by proving the psychotic Nazi leaders moral underpinnings suspect sue to homosexuality but that aside this is a magnificent work; Broad, compelling, intimate and horrifying without succumbing to often to sadistic voyeurism in the telling itself. Grover Gardner's narration is very fine.
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