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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Audiobook

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1990 William L. Shirer (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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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    One of the best account of history I have read and I have read a great deal of World War II history. A must for any historian.

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    "Really enjoyed the long well told story."

    A surprisingly enjoyable telling of such a horrible period in human history. Don't be intimidated by the length of the book, it's told in a fast enough pace to keep you consistently interested and riveted on the dark and sorted tale of the Nazi rise and fall.

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    "Just as gripping second time around"

    The details of events and character description make for some of the best non-fiction narrative ever written. I feel as though I've met Hitler and his henchmen in person and could predict their words and actions if they were alive today. Their stories are chilling and instructional. May we recognize the signs and act much quicker.

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    "a bit long, but a great insight into a crazy man."

    It gives the world insight of a crazy man, and a lessons to all peace loving country's. So that we all stand to stop this in the future.

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    "very informative read"

    l never thought I would ever get that type of exposure to Hitler's Germany. I hope many others get to read this book, it was very very enlightening. Thanks for writing it !!!

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    Bobby Vergennes, VT, United States 12-09-16
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    Very comprehensive & entertaining. This book goes back to the beginning of the Third Reich & follows the terror of WWII.

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    "Dry but comprehensive coverage of Nazi Germany"

    The book is fair in describing the attitudes and beliefs that lead to the election of Hitler and the eventual beginning of World War 2. Its just a touch boring. Maybe more quotes from the people during the time, or media reactions from other countries during Hitler's rise.

    TLDR: If you can manage to stay awake, the book describes the era known as Nazi Germany completely and simply.

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    I've read plenty on WWII. This is the best book on its topic I've ever read. I thought the author was a wonderful choice for narration.

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    "Classic and comprehensive account of evil"

    Fascinating eyewitness reporting with little known details, and perspective of a true journalist. I have listened to it' several times and always find something more.

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