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The Third Reich in Power | [Richard J. Evans]

The Third Reich in Power

The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule.
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Publisher's Summary

The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule. As those who were deemed unworthy to be counted among the German people were dealt with in increasingly brutal terms, Hitler's drive to prepare Germany for the war that he saw as its destiny reached its fateful hour in September 1939.

The Third Reich in Power is the fullest and most authoritative account yet written of how, in six years, Germany was brought to the edge of that terrible abyss.

©2006 Richard J. Evans (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

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“[Evans’s] three-volume history... is shaping up to be a masterpiece. Fluidly narrated, tightly organized and comprehensive." (William Grimes, The New York Times)

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    GeekyGal 03-18-13
    GeekyGal 03-18-13

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    "The Collected Atrocities, Part 2"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is a story we need to know and history we need to remember. That said, this volume, more so than Book 1 in the series, bogs down in detailed statistics. I think it is the weakest book in the trilogy.


    Would you recommend The Third Reich in Power to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but with a warning about detail and narration.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Pratt?

    I'm going to make it through all three books in this series, then probably not. The unique pronunciations of some things, and the general lack of emphasis do make me eager to hear this voice again.


    Was The Third Reich in Power worth the listening time?

    See the first question.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Grovetown, GA, United States 08-09-11
    John Grovetown, GA, United States 08-09-11
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    "A view point not often shown"

    Many books have been written that describe how the Third Reich affected the rest of the world. This is one of the rare books that describes how the Third Reich affected Germany.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 12-05-10
    Rebecca 12-05-10 Member Since 2009

    Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!

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    "How can it happen?"

    I selected this book because of being curious how the Nazi's gained power and how such insanity took over. I was not disappointed. This is the first of a trilogy about Nazi Germany written by an English history professor. It's fairly new (2004) and examines many aspects of German politics, society, art, education, science leading up to and post World War I. I knew that the WWI defeat of Germany and the subsequent treatment, followed by the Great Depression were part of what enabled Hitler and his Nazi party to take over. However, Evans also covers general apathy, and how nobody thought this uneducated, unrefined man could take over. Also, others simply went along to avoid being beaten and tortured during the oncoming reign of terror. I immediately got the 2nd volume, and I'm sure the 3rd will follow after that. Very textured book - I kept stopping and looking up various people who were described or quoted.

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    Declan FitzPatrick St. Louis, MO United States 05-17-13
    Declan FitzPatrick St. Louis, MO United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Makes the inexplicable understandable"

    Can't imagine how Nazi achieved and held that level of power? This book explains it.

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    Jessica and Will 09-12-12
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    "Like listening to the dictionary!"

    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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    Judith Chesapeake, VA, United States 10-08-10
    Judith Chesapeake, VA, United States 10-08-10 Member Since 2013

    Inventor with successful invention. Listen to my books while at the gym. Good for my brain!

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    I loved it but it was a bit too long. However, it's a must read/listen for anyone interested in Hitler and his crazy ways!

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