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  • Paperback: 1264 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (2 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099421763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099421764
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions" (The New York Times Book Review)

"A work which everyone should read" (Hugh Trevor-Roper, historian and author of The Last Days of Hitler)

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The definitive biography of one of the darkest times in modern history; the twelve years when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi army ruled over Germany. This is an eyewitness account of the meteoric rise and fall of the Nazi empire, including the earth-shattering tragic events of World War Two and the Holocaust.

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This is the definitive history of the Third Reich from an American reporter who lived in Berlin until America entered the war.
It is wonderfully written and well researched. I have read it so often that the original book has disintegrated. This Kindle Edition is well put together.
I thoroughly recommend it.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read on this subject. The minute by minute account of the events and happenings, from the ascendance of Hitler to power, to his defeat, keeps one totally gripped. The part where Mr Shirer deals with events just before the attack on poland and eventually the start of the war is the best. He tells us history in such an interesting way that it is unbelievable. It is a must for every person interested in knowing such an important part of our past.
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This is one of my favourite books. William Shirer presents his material accurately and in a very approachable writing style, which even contains some fine writing. Don't let the vast size of it put you off! It is slightly marred by some references we might now class as homophobic, but we must remember they were quite unexceptionable at the time the book was written. It certainly helped me to understand what was going on, and is a forerunner in style of the BBC series "The Nazis, a warning from history". No one gets off any hooks. Interesting and little discussed elsewhere are Hitler's strange ideas about the nature of British and US society, and what the people of those countries were likely to do.
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For people with an interest in 20th century history, this book is a must. I usually associate large hard-bound volumes with reference books - only kept for sporadic reading or for reference purposes; but I found that I could not put this book down.

Of course, it only recounts the entire history of the Nazi party to a certain level of detail. So many years, which included a world conflict, can only be covered in detail by other works that focus purely on a few aspects of the party/war. Nevertheless, I cannot praise this book enough.
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I probably have read this book a hundred times, and will keep reading it until it falls apart. Shirers writing has a quality about it that makes the complex very clear, and takes dull facts and transforms them into fascinating reading. Shirer provides insights and descriptions that only a man who saw it with his own eyes could, and the result is that the book is not only an excellent coverage of the war, but it also touches on the individuals who played key roles during this time in history. This book is not always perfectly objective, but the historical account is accurate and among the best I've read. It can also be very funny, and with its outstanding collection of photos it is a very educational and entertaining piece of literature. I've been recommending this book to readers for years, and not one person has been disappointed yet.
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William Shirer was an American journalist in Germany from 1934 until presumably 1941 (when Germany declared war on the USA after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour). Shirer occasionally mentions his participation in reporting history from Berlin or the front lines and admits to having been influenced by the endless barrage of Nazi propaganda. Occasionally his sharp post-war opinions on the characters of the various leaders depicted breaks through. The book is based on the huge amounts of documentary and verbal evidence that became available after the war and the Nuremberg trials. The book represents a huge work of research - one wonders, however, whether the author's motivation is an atonement to his blindness (along with many millions of others) to the monstrosity of the Third Reich as it actually happened.
On reading the book (a rich 1200 pages!) one wonders whether it should not have been called "The Rise and the Fall of Adolf Hitler" for it centers around Hitler and his generals and seems to almost forget Goering, Goebbels, Himmler and other Nazi leaders after their initial appearances. A central conclusion from the book is, no doubt, that the Third Reich and World War2 would not have come about were it not for this one man - Adolf Hitler. All the other players in Shirer's story pale into insignificance beside the genius, charisma, madness, vision, evil, manipulativeness, leadership and single-mindedness of the one man. The only other "heros" of the book, although not covered in great detail, are Stalin and, rather more so, Churchill whose vision, inspiration and leadership changed the course of history.
[Reviewer's personal note: WW2 and the Holocaust are themes of enormous importance to me personally.
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William Shirer's book recounting in extremely fine detail one of the most covered subjects in world history has a unique, magical quality. I will not dwell on its accuracy and breadth of documentation, other reviewers have already noted it. The sheer quantity of original and secret material from the Nazi administration archives Shirer was able to use as a background to write this book boggles the mind - and he himself admits it would've taken many men many lifetimes to go through it all; but this is not my point. My point is that in anyone else's hands, this material would probably have resulted in a jaw-droppingly boring listing of names and minutes from cabinet meetings. What truly astonished me about this book were its overpowering demand for attention, its totally consistent clarity, its lightness of style and exposition that never, ever forgot precision and in-depth observation. I read this 1,100+-page book in two weeks, and not once through it I felt I wasn't understanding what it talked about. I'm not a faster or smarter-than-average reader: it was simply impossible to let the volume stand there, so much so that for two weeks I brought it with me everywhere I went, using every minute of free time (and also a few hours of work time) to read a few more lines, a few more paragraphs, please, just two more pages, I promise. For all the countless historical characters and extremely complex situations presented here (how could there not be, given the subject?), Shirer leads the reader through them with such powerful grace and insight that you have to strain to remind yourself this is not a Dashiell Hammett mystery, and that Adolf Hitler wasn't simply any Little Caesar.Read more ›
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