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Travellers in the Third Reich

The Rise of Fascism Through the Eyes of Everyday People
Narrated by: Stephanie Racine
Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
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The Sunday Times best seller. 

One of the Daily Telegraph's Best Books of 2017.

A Guardian 'Readers' Choice' Best Book of 2017.

The events that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1945 were dramatic and terrible, but there were also moments of confusion, of doubt - of hope. How easy was it to know what was actually going on, to grasp the essence of National Socialism, to remain untouched by the propaganda or predict the Holocaust?  

Travellers in the Third Reich is an extraordinary history of the rise of the Nazis based on fascinating firsthand accounts, drawing together a multitude of voices and stories, including students, politicians, musicians, diplomats, schoolchildren, communists, scholars, athletes, poets, journalists, fascists, artists, tourists, even celebrities like Charles Lindbergh and Samuel Beckett. Their experiences create a remarkable three-dimensional picture of Germany under Hitler - one so palpable that the listener will feel, hear, even breathe the atmosphere.  

These are the accidental eyewitnesses to history. Disturbing, absurd, moving, and ranging from the deeply trivial to the deeply tragic, their tales give a fresh insight into the complexities of the Third Reich, its paradoxes and its ultimate destruction.

©2017 Julia Boyd (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Tony
  • 05-18-19

A Must Read.

An intriguing and often frightening insight into how otherwise rational people can tolerate and even promote a regime that itself is inherently evil. A warning for modern times.

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  • japlah
  • 07-07-19

An unusual journey

Confirms a number of suspicions but they remain uncertain. A catchup sequel at say 1955 of all the folk referred to would be quite revealing.

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  • Miss Julie Wright
  • 06-01-19

Great book, great story, great history

I absolutely loved this book. It is very accessible and lends its self well to an audiobook.
The history is super and the range of sources are woven into a compelling narrative.
The reader has a nice voice to listen to and the pronunciation of German words and words from other languages is useful. A few (very few) parts are mis-read - significant errors made in a couple of places - significant in that mis-read words changed the meaning of the text. But this did not spoil the enjoyment of the book as a whole.