For those of you without the funds to purchase a broad range of books about the Third Reich and yet still interested in Nazi Germany, you'll find an answer to that problem with this book. Gregor has done an excellent job bringing together a large assembly of expert analysis from many of the leading scholars over the Third Reich. Also included in this work are writings from contemporary observers living in Germany during the Third Reich's reign, giving the reader a glimpse into the minds of people who either supported or disagreed (in varying degrees) with the Nazis. This book covers everything from: the basic disposition of National Socialism and its political emergence, the various manifestations of party organizations and their structure, Hitler and his preeminent place in the Reich, the marginalization and exclusion of the Jews, the societal significance of propaganda and the importance of belonging to the Volksgemeinschaft, the imperial expansionist policies and warfare, the monolithic police state and its mechanistic terror, and finally the downfall of the regime and the post-war ramifications on Germany.
Contained herein are short excerpts from an enormous collection of important historians like Ian Kershaw, Hans Mommsen, Richard Bessel, Karl-Dietrich Bracher, Martin Broszat, Claudia Koonz, Detlev Peukert, Michael Burleigh, Jane Caplan, Michael Geyer, and Wolfgang Benz (Just to name a few). Even the philosopher-historian, Hannah Arendt makes an appearance in this important book. If you only had one history book in your entire library on the Nazi regime, you could not do better than to own this comprehensive in-depth editorial masterpiece.