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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich [Kindle Edition]

William L. Shirer
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When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to cover up their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L. Shirer's definitive book on the Third Reich uses these unique sources. Combined with his personal experience with the Nazis, living through the war as an international correspondent, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich not only earned Shirer a National Book Award but is recognized as one of the most important and authoritative books about the Third Reich and Nazi Germany ever written. The diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as well as evidence and other testimony gained at the Nuremberg Trials could not have found more artful hands.

Shirer gives a clear, detailed and well-documented account of how it was that Adolf Hitler almost succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has become one of the most authoritative books on one of mankind's darkest hours. Shirer focuses on 1933 to 1945 in clear detail. Here is a worldwide bestseller that also tells the true story of the Holocaust, often in the words of the men who helped plan and conduct it. It is a classic by any measure.

The book has been translated into twelve languages and was adapted as a television miniseries, broadcast by ABC in 1968. This first ever e-book edition is published on the 50th anniversary of this iconic work.


William Shirer was originally a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and was the first journalist hired by Edward R. Murrow for what would become a team of journalists for CBS radio. Shirer distinguished himself and quickly became known for his broadcasts from Berlin, accounting the rise of the Nazi dictatorship through the first year of World War II. Shirer was the first of "Edward R. Murrow's Boys"--broadcast journalists--who provided news coverage during World War II and afterward. It was Shirer who broadcast the first uncensored eyewitness account of the annexation of Austria. Shirer is best known for his books The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which has seen millions of copies in print and is considered a seminal work on the Nazi party and the war, as well as his book Berlin Diary.

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""The New York Times Book Review" A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions." --Hugh Trevor-Roper

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2563 KB
  • Print Length: 1266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671728687
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (21 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z57E18
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars The most entertaining history book ever! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars excellently written and informative 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
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rise and Fall of the Third Reich 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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Never EVER Forget!!! 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 20 days ago by S M Windsor
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a fantastic read. It's very very long
This was a fantastic read. It's very very long, but there's so much detail. I've studied the Third Reich before at school, but not nearly in so much detial. Read more
Published 1 month ago by WillLauro1
5.0 out of 5 stars Very objective and based on facts. Consider buying Audible or Kindle...
It is a long book, sometimes too detailed for a mere enthusiast about history. However, is very informative. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kerem Erdem
5.0 out of 5 stars The rise and fall of the third reich
Completely absorbing, terrifying and almost impossible to believe that this happened, or was allowed happen in such a relatively short time ago. Beware! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dean Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars The Berlin Years (by the same author) is also recommended.
Been in print for over 50 years. Essential reading, if you are interested in Germany 1933-1945, even considering that more material has been released thanks to the fall of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Markey
5.0 out of 5 stars every one should read this book
The account of what happened in Europe during the rise to power of the Nazi party is documented in these pages , Shirer was there, recording for history the terrible thing's that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by norman edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
many thanks
Published 2 months ago by R. Hw Pitney
4.0 out of 5 stars Germany
Learnt more about nazi Germany than what I did when I studied history in school.
I found most of it interesting, it did seem a bit long but their was so much detail so I'm not... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Denis Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars The full story
Gave the whole story of the inception of Nazi and Hitler's rise and fall. Good historical document .
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. M. Gay
5.0 out of 5 stars What an excellent account, from the beginning to the end of ...
What an excellent account, from the beginning to the end of the Third Reich! No better account but at over 1100 pages you have to be dedicated to get through it!
Published 3 months ago by D. Herriot
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