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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellently written and informative 19 April 1999
By A Customer
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most entertaining history book ever! 25 May 1998
By A Customer
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More exciting and compelling than fiction 18 Feb 2007
By John
Undoubtedly the book against which all history books should be benchmarked. William Shirer draws you in to the rise of Hitler. Then you literally 'reap the whirlwind' as the drama unfolds. Unlike other books you don't feel patronised if you don't have prior knowledge of the events being depicted. The 'Grand Design' is mapped out for you and, like no doubt many before me, I was staggered by the events that came to pass. Very readable, visionary in scope and very well written. I couldn't put this book down. I was surprised because I've read quite a few 'war and political histories'. This title is in a class of it's own. There are other perspectives on the material covered and no doubt there are gaps but for an all encompassing insight into the Third Reich you cannot go wrong. Forget about Shakespeare, this should be compulsory reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rise and Fall of the Third Reich 16 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Quite simply,this book is,in my opinion,the best work of literature on the Third Reich. Well written and researched by an author who actually lived and worked in Germany at the time of the events being described. Mr Shirer explains in great detail how Hitler managed to attain power using democratic methods. When reading this book you will become frighteningly aware of how easy it is for a Government to control it's populace using 'security measures to protect them'. Something we are all seeing today. Although a long read it is never difficult to understand the events being written about due to Mr Shirer's skills as an author. This book is a must buy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Monumental Work 1 Oct 2010
This book was first published fifty years ago. Yet as an account of the high politics of the Nazi Party and the Nazi Regime, it remains unequalled. The author was an American. As a young man he was a journalist, living and working in Germany during the 1930s as a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and CBS. Subsequently, using his in-depth knowledge of pre-war German politics, and based on meticulous research, he compiled this history of the Third Reich. This is not a biography of Hitler, though it does come close to that at times, but it is an account of how Hitler, with the support of his acolytes, went about the grim task of seizing power in Germany and then dragging a continent down to ruin. The threads that ran through the Third Reich; grievance, militarism, nationalism, racism, fascism, duplicity, hypocrisy, arrogance, intimidation, casual brutality, institutionalised barbarism, and a mythic sense of predestination, are all explored in detail.

The ten years of economic boom in Germany that followed Hitler's accession to power, was bought first at the expense of unsustainable inflationary pressures in the economy, and then, before those consequences became manifest, by the plundering of the resources of Germany's neighbours after military conquest. Economic boom and continental conquest secured Hitler's popularity in Germany, but in every strata of German society there remained an undercurrent of disquiet with Hitler and his regime; disquiet that manifested itself in intrigues and plots, and which became more prevalent as the tide of war changed. These too are all explored in detail, as are the countless missed opportunities, personal and diplomatic, over a twenty year period that may have led Germany and Europe to follow a different path.
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4.0 out of 5 stars recorded in his excellent war diaries
Shirer was a broadcaster from Germany between 1937 and 1942. His memories, recorded in his excellent war diaries, also form a personal point of view to the historical events. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Michel Lesouris
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent book, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Third Reich. Before I read the book, I had my own bias towards the journalists who intend to do the historians'... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ainara
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
No one should go through life without reading this book . A monster read but very well written and a page turner ...
Published 2 months ago by dumi gazi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiiled with details that we don't hear at school
Shirer's tome is brilliantly researched and annotated and his journalistic style keeps you with this history as it unwinds across the first half of the 20th century. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. G. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best histories of Germany under Hitler
I first read this book as a teenager, whose knowledge of this period of history was confined to the films and tv series I had seen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J A Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars he was there
William l Shirer was there and has a feel and a sympathy for the era and country .often people attack Hitler and Germany straight off
Published 3 months ago by satansengineer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value for money
i paid for good condition and got excellent.needless to say am very happy with my purchase.looking forwood to next purchase.
Published 4 months ago by alan garner
3.0 out of 5 stars 1* or 5*? best give it a 3* then.
OK here goes.

I never used to be a great reader, perhaps one or 2 books a year, then I got the Paperwhite, now I'm hooked. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Applicateur3D
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book about Hitler's Germany
The book covers the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party right through to the end of WW2. It is a long book, and for me, it covers the subject in plenty of detail without... Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Never EVER Forget!!!
I'm surmising that many people would take one glance and consider this book of 1180 pages a monumental study in boredom.
How wrong they would be! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. John Frank Herbert
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