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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tony Fisher on 20 Feb. 2012
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 May 1998
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 1999
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Historyline on 1 Oct. 2010
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon Charles on 16 Mar. 2012
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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 By A Customer on 15 Sept. 1998
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Frank Herbert on 14 Feb. 2014
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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!

With the retrieval of thousands of documents after the war, Shirer has managed to incorporate samples of these in such a clever way, that these notes, letters and instructions gives the reader the feeling of actually being there, like a fly on the wall.

Of course it's still an uncanny phenomenon that one man could so hypnotise an entire nation, and in so doing, encouraging a minority of them into committing the most horrendous atrocities against humanity. I must confess that reading about those atrocities in these pages, the callous attitude towards the lives of millions of people across Europe, at times beggared belief.

As a fly on the wall I felt that I was actually there as the drama across a beleaguered Europe unfolded.
As the countries fell endlessly under the jackboot, the impending storm must have brought great trepidation to the British people. But they didn't recognise defeat when it was staring them in the face, and virtually unarmed, they were about to confront the greatest military machine in the World's history.

What did Hitler and his Generals think of the British and Churchill, of the hapless Chamberlain? It's all in this book.
The messages between Hitler and his Generals, the letters between Hitler and Mussolini, the thoughts of the German conspirators on Hitler's life, it's all in this book.

Those last incredible days in Berlin, with the Russians and the Allied forces thundering in, as Hitler (losing the plot by the minute) makes preparations for his suicide pact; his thoughts and final instructions, it's all in this book.

It's simply compelling reading.
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