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The Third Reich in Power Audiobook

The Third Reich in Power

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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

What the Critics Say

“[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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    philippe jacob brookline, ma USA 06-23-17
    philippe jacob brookline, ma USA 06-23-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great history reading"

    Very well written and never boring.
    Heart breaking stories. Hard to believe how low a society and its military can get...

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    Harold 01-12-17
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    "read this or you'll might get caught by surprise"

    This book explains the moments before Nazi Germany went insane and went to world against the world at behest of insanity

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    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 10-01-16
    Marcus Brasília, Brazil 10-01-16 Member Since 2010

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    "The Totalitarian Experience"

    In his second book of the trilogy about the Third Reich, Richard Evans describes the german state, its main features and institutions. A police state that implemented terror, murder and despised the law. The arrival of the nazism to power, so argued the author, was accompanied with massive propaganda and the abolition of individual rights. There was no valid law against the desire of state agents. The politics enemies (communists and social-democrats) and minorities (homosexuals, non-arians and jews) are purged. Nazi's project is put into practice. The german territorial expansion begins with the invasion of Austria and Czech Republic. All this are covered by the book that ends in the beginning of the second world war (invasion of Poland). A great description of a modern totalitarian experience.

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    Amazon Customer Lutz, FL, United States 08-28-16
    Amazon Customer Lutz, FL, United States 08-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A Master Class History Lesson"

    Evans' work far surpasses anything written by other expert historians in his trilogy of the Third Reich. This second volume is the most intriguing since it covers the years when the Hitler regime assumed power but had not yet propelled its armed forces into war. The pyschology of the German people was certainly unique as they were the only civilized nation to collectively start two world wars and descend into barbarism in the modern industrial age. The best book ever written about pre-world war Nazi Germany.

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    Jose Gomez-Rivera 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A full and comprehensive history"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Reich in Power to be better than the print version?

    no- its equal but it spares my ageing eyes


    What other book might you compare The Third Reich in Power to and why?

    Kershaw's biographies of Hitler comes to mind


    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    well read and smooth dictation


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no but I was impressed by the thorough research and insightful nuanced analysis


    Any additional comments?

    This book provides a full view, almost an MRI, of Nazi Germany during the years of its ascendancy. Evans analyzes every important aspect of Hitler's government and is able to provide a important contribution to its historiography. He presents evidence for the totalitarian and radical marriage in Nazi Germany; describing Nazi ideology with its racial community paradigm, reliance and emphasis of rearmament and war seeking "Lebesraum" and the subjugation of all other interests in favor of the Nazi's essential ideological program. He demonstrates how German economic elites, who supported the Nazis as an answer to the specter of Communism, were subjected to Nazi ideology which set war and expansion over profit or liberal economics. The section on religion and Hitler's attempt to Aryanize and control the German church is also insightful, examining both Nazi radicalism and its limitations. Overall , this is a brilliant book and an indispensable read if one seeks to understand this tragic historical episode.

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    Lisa 04-11-16
    Lisa 04-11-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very informative."

    I have for a long time been studying Hitler. This book has put out a great bit new things.

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    DensDeal 03-02-16
    DensDeal 03-02-16

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    "Details--significant insights"

    The book was extremely thorough. Sometimes it contained way too much detail. This type of book is a must read to gain an understanding into the lead up to WWII. It also shows what just one fanatical leader can do to ruin a country.

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    Mark J. Knickelbine 02-16-16
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    "Fascinating look at often neglected history"

    I have read a lot about the rise of Hitler and WWII, but not much about the years when the Nazis transformed Germany through bureaucracy, propaganda and terror. This book is full of fascinating details about life in the Third Reich from 1933 to 1939, including diary entries from average Germans.

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    Reed 06-09-15
    Reed 06-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent and Frightening"

    Once again Evans paints a meticulous picture of a horrifyingly oppressive regime that invaded every part of German life during the 1930s. That it all came together in 6 years is frightening and a teachable history lesson.

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    "Good book- pedestrian reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The book gives a really good portrait of what living in the Third Reich was like. The reader has not done enough homework so that he can competently pronounce the words he is reading. Oddly he does pronounce some words correctly, but is not consistent.


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