The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

A History of Nazi Germany

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The fiftieth anniversary edition of the National Book Award--winning bestseller that is the definitive study of Adolf Hitler, the rise of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and World War II. This special edition now features a new introduction by Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins .

No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich. When the bitter war was over, and before the Nazis could destroy their files, the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour-by-hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler. This record included the testimony of Nazi leaders and of concentration camp inmates, the diaries of officials, transcripts of secret conferences, army orders, private letters--all the vast paperwork behind Hitler's drive to conquer the world.

The famed foreign correspondent and historian William L. Shirer, who had watched and reported on the Nazis since 1925, spent five and a half years sifting through this massive documentation. The result is a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind.

Here is the complete story of Hitler's empire, one of the most important stories ever told, written by one of the men best equipped to write it.

This worldwide bestseller has been acclaimed as the definitive book on Nazi Germany; it is a classic work.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Edition: 50th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9781451642599
Branch Call Number: 943. 086 SHI 2011
Characteristics: xxviii, 1249 p. ; 25 cm.

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Janice21383
Jun 28, 2017

Popular wisdom holds that someone invoking Hitler, or the Nazis* (in an argument not directly about Hitler or Nazis) automatically loses the argument -- the comparisons are that tired, cliched, and emotionally blackmailing. But if you know your facts about this era of history, you may well win that argument. There are so many obvious parallels to today's events, or to any future conflict involving humans. Shirer did not have the benefit of modern hindsight, or access to all present-day sources. However, he not only lived at that time and swooped in in later years as a war correspondent, as many writers did; he also was a reporter in Germany since 1933, and knew many average Germans before, during and after the Nazi era. If his book can't dissolve the myths that have grown up about it, nothing can. A word about views that may not sit well with a modern audience: I believe the commenters are talking about the book's take on Ernst Roehm and homosexuals in the Nazi party. Before the reader is too disapproving: they are simply dated and not particularly relevant remarks about these men, rather than offensive to homosexuals in general.
* see also: Godwin's Law

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donaldsonw
Mar 07, 2017

As said, this is not a book for the faint of heart but despite some views which seem archaic or offensive in today's society, it offers a glimpse of a terrible time in history and gives an insight into how civilization was duped into allowing so much evil to take root.Fasten your seatbelts, keep your tissues handy and prepare for a long but worthwhile read.

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whitcombs2do
Feb 28, 2017

One should definitely read Shirer's "Berlin Diary" first, as it gives a thorough introduction to Shirer's viewpoint. He teamed with Edward R. Murrow to report on the rise of the Nazi's in the '30's. Murrow was based in London, Shirer, for much of the time, in Berlin. The Diary is very readable.

This history is ponderous: 1,040 pages. Shirer used material from interviews, extracts from the proceedings of the Nuremberg trials, and the voluminous captured written Nazi records. One of the things which makes it readable is that Shirer isn't shy about expressing his editorial point of view (which, as another reviewer mentions) isn't always politically correct in modern times. But at least he imparts a very human voice to this description of an inhuman episode in the history of the Western world.

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ProspektsMARCH
Sep 12, 2016

Extremely thorough information on the rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany. Warning: contains shocking, graphic content.

EuSei Nov 23, 2013

If you want pure facts about the Nazi, this IS the book to read.

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renzo
Jan 12, 2013

Certainly fascinating reading but be ready for some shockingly blatant homophobic language and attitudes.

aaa5756 Jun 30, 2011

A++ The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. A History of Nazi Germany. A must read>

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mariaf
Feb 06, 2009

Great book accounting Hitler's fame and demise. An excellent read.

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