Berlin Diary and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Start reading Berlin Diary on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Berlin Diary: Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 [Hardcover]

William L. Shirer
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 5.99  
Hardcover --  
Hardcover, Oct 1997 --  
Paperback 21.40  
MP3 CD, Audiobook 18.02  
Unknown Binding --  
Audio Download, Unabridged 18.35 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial

Book Description

Oct 1997

By the acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day, eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is now available in a new paperback edition.

CBS radio broadcaster William L. Shirer was virtually unknown in 1940 when he decided there might be a book in the diary he had kept in Europe during the 1930s -- specifically those sections dealing with the collapse of the European democracies and the rise of Nazi Germany.

Berlin Diary first appeared in 1941, and the timing was perfect. The energy, the passion, the electricity in it were palpable. The book was an instant success, and it became the frame of reference against which thoughtful Americans judged the rush of events in Europe. It exactly matched journalist to event: the right reporter at the right place at the right time. It stood, and still stands, as so few books have ever done -- a pure act of journalistic witness.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 626 pages
  • Publisher: Galahad Books,U.S.; New edition edition (Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883659220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883659229
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,573,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

There is absolutely no better book by an American about the rise of the Third Reich. A gripping -- and harrowing -- view from inside Hitler's Germany.

(Lamar Graham)

The most complete news report yet to come out of war time Germany.

(Time) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

William L. Shirer (1904-94) was a newspaper correspondent and radio journalist in the years before and during World War II. His many books include the critically acclaimed bestseller The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, This Is Berlin, and The Nightmare Years.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
First Sentence
Our money is gone. Read the first page
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars book worth reading 19 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I liked this book. The conflicting reviews caused me to read it. I wanted to judge the work for myself. I am sure that Mr. Shirer has embellished his deeds in the reworking, and some of it comes off like allied propaganda of the day. I think you can learn a great deal from actual accounts of what people thought and felt at the time. He makes some unflattering generalizations about the German people as a whole but he lived the frustration the time. I think that holding this book up as a book to be taught in history class is a mistake. Everyone has a window on the World and Mr. Shirer is letting us know what he saw from his. He does point out some British newscast that did not jive with what he saw. I enjoyed the book and would recommend this book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing better than a first hand record 1 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I learnt so much about the stages leading to the outbreak of war and the progress of it. I understood for the first time how each step lead inexorably to the next and how the relationships between all involved had so much influence on the allies decisions. Very absorbing and easy to read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly prescient 10 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As an example of you-are-there journalism, Shirer's work is as good as it gets, and that's why Columbia University ranked it as one of the century's top 100 works of reportage recently. But Shirer, writing before the U.S. even entered the war, shows himself to be an incredibly prescient analyst of why Hitler decided against invading Britain, for example, as well as how the German-Russian alliance would end and how the U.S. would get involved in the war. All around, this is an excellent book. After finishing it this past weekend, I wanted to drop Shirer a note to say how much I enjoyed it; unfortunately, he died in 1993. All journalists should read this book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the diary of wl shirer 1 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I naively thought, based on the title,that a proportion of this journal would refer to post war Germany of which my knowledge is limited. Mr Shirers diary comes to a abrupt end in December 1940. I had read his'Rise and fall' some years ago so thought I would bring myself up to date, I feel disappointed.
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Mr Shirer can truly make you feel like you're in Europe in the 30's. He has a knack for balancing his emotions and his objectivity (more so in "The Rise and Fall...") without detracting from the excitement of the events at hand. It's certainly not cliche to say that his books are hard to put down.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An insite 5 Nov 2013
By Walker
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Anyone with an interest in the history of the second world war should read this. It is an interesting look at the American view of Hitlers' Germany from the American point of view and is as such shows pretty much why the Americans behaved as they did.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and intriguing 26 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has always been one of my favourite books, but Berlin Diaries is equally essential in understanding the Third Reich. Perhaps the best parts of this book are when Shirer demonstrates his insider's knowledge, some gained in visits to the countries involved (the reports from Poland and France are truly memorable) and some from his closely guarded sources. The most famous foreign correspondent in Nazi Germany proves to be an engaging, principled and self effacing diarist.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super insights 14 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book contains a lot of detail of the interior situation of Germany in the late pre-war and early war period. I have read a lot about this period in many ways, but I learnt an enormous amount that I didnt know and showed how the population felt about and reacted to the actions of the Nazi government. Lots of little details. Pity that it ends at the end of 1942, would have been very interesting for it to continue until the US declaration of war.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Smashing Great
Super Smashing Great
Published 29 days ago by Rollypolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
Moving, fascinating, prescient. Could not put it down. One of the best books about Germany at the start of WW2 you will ever read.
Published 1 month ago by Marianne Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book.
Shirer watched the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party during the 1930s, and had personal contact with many of the leading characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by sanderella
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Found this very interesting and readable. Not too dry on the facts and interesting in the style and content. not beach reading
Published 4 months ago by margie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into life under Hitler
For anyone interested in how a seemingly-civilised society could fall under the spell of Hitler and his Nazi acolytes, this is a must-read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BM
3.0 out of 5 stars Very readable
I thought it was a very readable account of events and did give of the atmosphere in Berlin and Germany prior to and during the early part of the Second World War. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff.
I would like to give it 4.5 stars - similarly with, '1913: The Eve of War,' which I gave 4 stars to.
Published 6 months ago by George. Sadler
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, But
I found the book very interesting, as I never really knew the timeline of the war kicking off. This book gives you a pretty good idea, and reasons for it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. W. Billau
5.0 out of 5 stars Real War. Real Life.
This is just fantastic. Shirer was a war correspondent based in Germany before and during the war. After the war he wrote the first classic history "The Rise and Fall of the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory Reading
This a marvellous book written without pretensions and unnecessary drama. The buildup of Nazi power in Germany and the blatant progressive aggression to surrounding states is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike.T
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Look for similar items by category


Feedback