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The Coming of the Third Reich

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There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans’s history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as it shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. The Coming of the Third Reich is a masterwork of the historian’s art and the book by which all others on the subject will be judged.

©2005 Richard J. Evans (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

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"[A]n impressive achievement.... [Evans'] opus will be one of the major historical works of our time." (The Atlantic)

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    Polar Bear Fairbanks, AK United States 02-10-15
    Polar Bear Fairbanks, AK United States 02-10-15
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    Evans presents a highly researched and very thorough history of how Hitler and the Nazis came into power.

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    Burnes Austin, Texas, United States 01-27-15
    Burnes Austin, Texas, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "General Rehash of Secondary Source Materials"

    After a longish introduction indicating why so many of the classic works on Nazi history are not accurate or deficient, this book rehashes secondary sources as many of the overview histories that Evans is critical of in his introduction. No news here nor does it deliver on the breadth and scope it promises at the outset. That the book substantively overlooks the entire story of how Hitler was funded and the role of industry in his rise seems an egregious omissions given the portentous introduction. The history of the Germany in the last three decades of the nineteenth century was interesting and the endnote comparisons between what was happening in all other parts of Europe at the start of the Third Reich was well done. But overall, it is a rather boring account of the most earth shattering events to have ever taken place in human history.

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    Paul los angeles, CA, United States 09-30-14
    Paul los angeles, CA, United States 09-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about The Coming of the Third Reich?

    I've read many books on Hitler & the NAZIS from Shirer to Kershaw. This is the only one that truly puts the NAZIS in context within the political environment of early 20th century Germany.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for anybody who wants to see exactly were the NAZIS fit into the political landscape of 1920's Germany. Over the last decade there has been a concerted campaign by some on the 'far Right' to re-write history and claim that Hitler and the NAZIS were 'Left Wing'. The Coming of the Third Rieth is a goldmine for debunking such revisionism.

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    DrPhil Brandon, MS 06-17-14
    DrPhil Brandon, MS 06-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "OK, but not as a stand alone work."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this is a friend provided my friend also had read other books about this period of history. This book is good at showing you what was going on in germany through the eyes of citizens while hitler/nazi party were making their moves for dominance. It does not provide a detailed enough picture of the politics to understand the complex rise of the 3rd Reich. It is essentially a sharing of diaries and happening in Germany at this time and also pretty much just stating facts like (for example) the nazi's did not gain a large enough vote but the storm troopers etc. a so-and-so wrote in their diary "I did not like the way I had to . . ." then people were dismissed from blah blah. So it is a telling of the story but not with much analysis and not enough for you to fully understand why things are going down the way they were at the time. It does however give you enough of a cultural understanding at the beginning to allow you to understand the mindset of the average person during the time. I can appreciate much more now how the regular German "allowed" the third reich to "happen."


    Did Sean Pratt do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There was no differentiation. His style was monotone and slow. I listened at 2x speed for the majority of the book and it felt very natural at that speed.


    Any additional comments?

    Read other works on the third Reich first. I very much enjoyed the rise and fall of the third Reich by William L. shirer. I would recommend that one first, then this one. I hope the other books in this series are better. There is almost no mention in this book of how other nations are seeing/viewing/reacting to any of the goings on. I realize it is not about foreign policy, but I find those details important.

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    R. A. Jackson 04-06-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Excellent narrative history"

    Covers the decline of the Wiemar Republic very well, especially as regards the rise of the NAZI movement. It is a little weaker on the short period of stability Wiemar achieved during the middle of the 20s and it is not as heavy on the political leadership in the early years of the republic as in Shirer's classic work, "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" and several others. But this is well covered in other general histories of the period. In addition, you get a better feel for the milieu of the 20s with this text. The best political coverage centers upon government decisions toward the end of Wiemar; as with Hindenburg's and von Papen's decisions and actions to name Hitler Chancellor. This shortfall is more than made up for by the inclusion of the economic setting of Wiemar and by a greater inclusion of the cultural and social developments. A great deal has been accomplished in many monologues by historians on the social and cultural material of this period and it was time to see it in a broader, well-written general history of the period between the end of the First World War and the collapse of the First German Republic.

    The writing is clear and direct, and the author's selection of specific individuals when wishing to stress a point is done excellently. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a broad study of this period. I have not yet listened to the second and third parts of Evans' history on the Third Reich, but I am looking forward to the remaining two volumes.

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    Jacob Denhollander 03-09-14 Member Since 2015

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    "It's a good book; reader has funny cadence."

    I've listened to a number of WWII history books now, and am in the middle of this one. The writing is good and engaging. If you enjoy political and social history, you'll enjoy this book. However, the reader has a strange cadence and pauses and hesitates in the oddest places. Normally I can get over something like that, but I have to admit that in this case, it's really bad and distracting. Not enough to ruin the book completely, but definitely irritating at times.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 11-07-13
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 11-07-13 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Calculated Brutality When Staging a Coup"

    This book begins with an introduction that was a bit off-putting. I had just finished listening to William L. Shirer’s popular THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH (RFTR) and learned a lot from Shirer’s narrative of the inside workings of the Nazi Party. Evan’s introduction pointed out that RFTR has been universally panned by the more academic historians. I then approached the balance of the book with some trepidation; not anxious to listen to some pompous dry work of pure scholarship or to possibly have my preconceptions shattered on what I thought I knew about WWII history. What followed was less a deconstruction of my WWII knowledge than an expansion. I thought the strong point of RFTR was on the rise of the Nazi party to power but Shirer barely scratched the surface. Richard J. Evans goes into the various cultural, political and economic currents that led to the Nazi Party. He traces the history of Germanic thought back to the time of Charlemagne, to the First Reich. I found this narrative history to be eminently accessible and engaging. After listening to this book I can begin to understand why the account of RFTR was incomplete; it just does not dig deep enough into the background of the German people to offer a full understanding ot the factors that led to the rise of Adolph Hitler. The Nazi movement was a product of years of Teutonic life in the shadow of strong rulers and a patriotic fervor that bordered on religion. Evans puts forth so many interesting concepts that I think it will require a second listening for me to grasp an understanding of the factors that led to the rise of National Socialism in Germany in the 20th century..

    Sean Pratt reads the text clearly and has excellent enunciation. His narration becomes transparent quickly making assimilation of the material possible.

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    Donald E. Campbell Pearl, MS USA 07-23-13
    Donald E. Campbell Pearl, MS USA 07-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Solid work that is well written."
    What did you love best about The Coming of the Third Reich?

    The historical description at 30,000 feet was nice. I came to the book with zero knowledge of German history. I have to say that at the end of the book I had more questions than answers, but the purpose of the book is not to give an in depth analysis. The goal is to give an understanding of how Hitler and the Third Reich came to power -- and it does that. Someone with knowledge of German history looking for depth will probably be a little disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely gave me a deeper understanding of how Hitler came to power. I found the movement in Germany for a return to a monarch and a turn away from democracy particularly interesting -- that is so foreign to the US way of thinking.

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    GARY Highland, Israel 06-26-13
    GARY Highland, Israel 06-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "For Historians Only."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably not. This book taught me a lesson - even though I might be interested in a particular era of history, there are historians, like Richard J. Evans (author) that are far more knowledgeable. If you are looking for names of people and political parties that influenced Germany's place in European history, then this is the book. It has enough references to keep you busy for the rest of your life. If you are looking for a simple book that explains the rise and fall in the Third Reich in common, simple terms, then this is the wrong book. This is a hard core, factual account of European events from the mid 19th century through the mid 20th century with emphasis on Germany . It is not intended for the listener that is looking for entertainment simultaneous with education. The book was wasted on me.


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    Pete Stoughton, WI, United States 05-29-13
    Pete Stoughton, WI, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "How did this happen ?"
    Where does The Coming of the Third Reich rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It rates right up there at the top of all the books I have read or listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the back ground facts.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I knew how this man crept up the power chain until I listened to this account. Anyone wanting to avoid evil should read or listen to this book.

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