The final volume in Richard J. Evans’s masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a “people’s community” to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler’s campaign of racial subjugation and genocide. Already hailed as “a masterpiece” (William Grimes in The New York Times) and “the most comprehensive history… of the Third Reich” (Ian Kershaw), this epic trilogy reaches its terrifying climax in this volume.
Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since.
Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker. But just as important is the re-creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, staggering under pressure from Allied bombing and their own government’s mounting demands upon them. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe’s Jews, set in the context of Hitler’s genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe.
Blending narrative, description, and analysis, The Third Reich at War creates an engrossing picture - at once sweeping and precise - of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. It is the culmination of a historical masterwork that will remain the most authoritative work on Nazi Germany for years to come.
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"Masterful….Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich’s history and of the enormous historical literature….Evans narrates the Reich’s end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans’s fellow historians as well as a broader public will listen to this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author’s narrative powers.” (Publisher’s Weekly)
Probably not as I was only interested in that exact topic
Competent History of that topic, nothing startling or any new slant.
Even though this book covered the period that I felt I knew the most about, it exposed me to so many things I didn't know. As well written and compelling as the first two in the series, it gave what I found was a very objective look at the NAZI's attempt at war, and how and why they failed so resoundingly at it (fortunately). It penetrates and goes beyond the myth and romanticism that many have and treats things in a realistic way.
It also handles the more important Holocaust well. A very difficult topic, and one that leads most authors to just focus on the horribleness of the act. I felt that I was left with an understanding of how it happened, how rational humans can loose all sense of reality and perpetrate such an act. All lessons we should watch for so that it never happens again.
This series is was enlightening and depressing at the same time, enlightening because of the scholarship and writing, depressing because of the events it brings to light.
A must read for anyone looking to understand the past.
Max Fisher of Rushmore Academy
I'm halfway through this epic piece of research, but I can't take any more. I was hoping for the promised "fresh insights into the conflict’s great events" but instead found an impenetrable listing of one Nazi atrocity after another. From time to time the book threatened to become original and interesting, particularly when examining the Nazi wartime economy and internal power struggles, but these gems were so few and far between the vast and gut-wrenching slogs through Nazi horrors I cannot find the will to go on.
Furthermore, the narrative tying these events together can best be compared to that of a text book (in other words, it's almost absent).
To experience what this book intended, I recommend The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer.
This book is not about the Third Reich at war. The vast majority of this book is dedicated to all the ways the Third Reich killed jews. And as horrible as the genocide of the jews was, all this book does is go into every detail of how they were killed. Every event, and different methods of extermination, etc. Little to nothing about any actual battles, or anything else. It should be titled "The Thousand Ways the Nazis killed jews.". Overall, very repetitive and monotonous.
Full of inaccuracies mainly in the technical comparisons of certain weapon systems, an example would be the statement that the Hurricane fighter was the equal of the Me109, ie.
Overall it’s a fairly good book for a person that’s unfamiliar in the area. Has a lot of details that are interesting.
With each chapter the book continue to grow with the reality of what really happen to the people of the 2nd WW. Sometimes you find youself feeling so guilty of how lucky we as American, living in the land of the Free, actually live so pieacefully. You can't help but to try and put yourself into that period of time and to realize that we are so blessed to not have been a victim. How one Man one party can rule and control the minds of millions. This book is a must for every young person ( a should read! ) actually, it's a should read for everyone who wasn't there and there minds still don't comprehind what actually took place. After you start reading or listion to this book you can't put it down.
Deeply indebted to Audible
Of course it was good, well written and so on, it's just a bit much. I mean to say, if you know something about WW2, this felt like a never ending series of bone chilling tales. One after another. I just wanted to say "I get it! Stop talking I can't take any more!" ,
Obviously very important to know, but very depressing, tale of woe after tale of woe.
I highly recommend the preceeding books in this series, very detailed and required reading if you want to understand our history.
We all know how Nazi were bad and did bad things. I listened 3 chapters out of 4 and it keep telling me all cruelty the nazy did again and again for every single minute, so for me it is not an accurated description of history or the theird reich himself as it has proposed to be.
This book title should be "Third Reich at War agains Jews"
The previous books are good piece of history but this one should be put in the "Politics" shelf.
Unlike those who are clearly paid to write reviews about this book, I bought this thinking it was as the title explained. WRONG!!! As others who paid for the book have noted, this book is full of inaccuracies and it dedicated to constant repetition about Nazi atrocities, primarily against the Jews. In my opinion, the author clearly has a personal agenda and, while that is his right, Audible should have done a better job describing the book. Waste of time and money if you are looking for subject matter even remotely similar to the title.
This was the best of the three in the series but still not recommended.
As a history buff I purchased all three of the books in this series at one time and looked forward to hours and hours of listening pleasure. This was not the case. If your ambitions in life include becoming a dictator of country, and needing to know every little nuance of how Hitler succeeded in doing it in order to formulate your game plan, then this book is for you. If all you want to do is learn about the Nazi's and their rise to power, there are other books that are far easier to listen to and much more entertaining. Even though it is a work of fiction, Herman Wouks "The Winds of War" and "War and Rememberance" have all of the historical facts correct while being wound into a very well written story. "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L Shirer is the classic and also very well written and concise.
In summary I respect the authors intent and the amount of research that went into these books, but as far as listening to them for entertainment purposes, they are like having somebody reading the dictionary to you. I find the narrators dead pan voice in my head so aggravating at times I start to scream! It is like someone is forcing me to listen to them as part of a prison sentence.
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