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The Third Reich at War: How the Nazis Led Germany from Conquest to Disaster [Kindle Edition]

Richard J. Evans
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The third and final volume in Richard J Evans's masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, against the background of the mobilization of the "people's community" in the service of a war of conquest, racial subjugation and genocide.



Interweaving a broad narrative of the war's progress with personal testimony from a wide range of people, from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives, Richard Evans lays bare the dynamics of a society plunged into war at every level. The great battles and events of the war are here, from the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler's suicide in the bunker, but just as important is the recreation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, under the growing impact of the mass bombing of Germany's towns and cities. At the centre of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe's Jews, set in the context of Hitler's genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe.



Blending narrative, description and analysis, The Third Reich at War creates a picture of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking a large part of Europe with it.



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'The narrative is written with the same masterly historical flair and eye for telling detail that marked the first two volumes. This will surely be the standard history for many years to come.' -- Telegraph

'With this third volume, Richard Evans has accomplished a masterpiece of historical scholarship ... [he] has produced the best and most up-to-date synthesis of the huge work carried out on the subject over the past decades.' -- Anthony Beevor, Times

'the author displays a masterly understanding of the politics and sociology of the Third Reich ... [and the] book contains much intriguing anecdotage' -- Max Hastings, Sunday Times

`Professor Evans is history's master of the Holocaust ... in his restrained but passionate way, [he] has an apprehension of times past that should warn us about the day after tomorrow ... He always strives magisterially to make us understand - and to sense the demons within ourselves.'
-- Observer

`This masterly study of the Nazi regime at war marks the welcome completion of a three-volume account of the Third Reich by one of the world's foremost experts on modern German history ... As with the previous two volumes, it is based on an immense amount of learning, but wears its learning lightly. The result is an very readable, well-paced account that is fully familiar with the huge amount of specialist scholarship in this field but never gets bogged down by excessive detail or distracted by debates which are of concern only to experts.' -- Neil Gregor, History Today

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'The narrative is written with the same masterly historical flair and eye for telling detail that marked the first two volumes. This will surely be the standard history for many years to come.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6045 KB
  • Print Length: 944 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088DBOE2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Richard J. Evans is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. His previous books include In Defence of History, Telling Lies about Hitler and the companions to this title, The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich in Power. He lives outside Cambridge.


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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding History From An Outstanding Historian 13 Sept. 2009
By Neutral VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Richard J Evans has written a magnificent book. The structure, narrative and sources are of the highest quality and the notes make this volume a veritable encyclopedia of life in war time Germany. In particular, the way in which Evans weaves in the leadership's strategy with the experience of ordinary people is outstanding.

Although on occasion his interpretation is open to dispute and the coverage is brief, possibly because of the amount of knowledge available elsewhere, it should be remembered that the war lasted almost six years and to re-tell it in less than 800 pages is an achievement in itself. The bibliography is extensive and includes many works in German.

What is clear from the outset is that the Nazis were motivated by an anti-human racism in which they identified themselves as the master race with the absolute right of determining the individual and collective fates of those they considered inferior. This expression of social darwinism facilitated acts of extreme cruelty which were considered normal behaviour, especially amongst those soldiers who were inculcated into the army under the Nazi regime. Old soldiers had more qualms about shooting women and children.

What is also clear is that the policy of murdering all and sundry was carried out with a ruthlessness that makes one wonder just how firm the concept of civilisation is in reality. SS Task Units were "Beasts in Human Form" and it was rare (though not impossible) to find anyone prepared to deny the Nazis' philosophy of treating other races as subhuman. In so doing they managed to draw on the racial hatred against the Jews present in conquered countries, whether such hatred was based on the Jews' success in business, clannishness or desire to retain their separatist traditions.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant combination of detail and abstraction 2 Nov. 2008
Format:Hardcover
With this third volume, Professor Evans brings his rightfully acclaimed "History of the Third Reich" to a very fruitful end indeed. All the major developments from 1939 till 1945 are at least touched upon in a very insightful and balanced manner, blending social history, the biographies of well-known heavyweights of the Nazi regime such as Hitler, Göring, Goebbels, Himmler or Speer and the lesser known experiences of ordinary Germans into one complex but highly readable narrative, exposing a good deal of the inner workings of Hitler's dictatorship rather than taking an overly abstract bird's eye view on this disastrous epoch.

Abstaining from any form of moralising, which is unnecessary anyway in the face of the well-known enormity of the crimes committed, there is, of course, a heavy emphasis on the horrifying genocidal activities of the Nazis and the political arena, yet economic, cultural and military events are also accounted for in a convincing way. Most of the major controversies concerning the historiography of Nazi Germany like Daniel Goldhagen's "Hitler's Willing Executioners" are mentioned, although Evans does not always take up a clear position and understandably refrains from making any new untested hypotheses, for which a book of this scope cannot be intended anyway.

For students of modern history the book offers a remarkably well-crafted starting-point to develop their own research interests, providing also a detailed bibliography of the major works on the Nazi era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book 16 May 2014
By HBH
Format:Paperback
The Third Reich at War by Richard J. Evans is an excellent book detailing the story of the Nazi party and Germany during the Second World War. It is well-written, detailed, informative and opinionated, providing details and arguments certainly on the conduct and military capabilities of the German Field Commanders and on the Battle of Kursk and other later Russian offensives that run counter to most people's perception. It is important to note that even though in this review I have mentioned military details this is not a history of Germany in the Second World War, with an obsessive focus on battles and warfare, but a more rounded and in-depth examination of that country, its people and its leaders during the conflict. Although it is still a thematic work, like the previous two volumes, it does have more of a chronological underpinning and while it is an attempt at a comprehensive history it does focus on a number of key issues and events. Overall, an excellent, sometimes unsettling to read, concluding volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World War II history. 21 Jan. 2013
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The author has done an excellent job of producing a detailed account of World War II from a German perspective - what went on within Germany as well as mostly a German perspective of the invasion of Poland and the War in the East. The book engages with the extensive German archives as well as others. The book was recommmended to me by another writer; and although an extensive book is a relatively "easy" read. For anyone interested in World War II history this makes a valuable contribution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... leave the writing of a full review to those better versed in the...
I leave the writing of a full review to those better versed in the period. I enjoyed this comprehensive and very readable text on the Nazi Germany, and an admirable successor to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Pemberton
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Its in ok condition. A good chunk of pages have come away from the binding which makes it very awkward to read and hold such a huge book. Read more
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I am on holiday in Poland and Germany. I downloaded the third volume after reading the previous two. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars definitive history with full detail
This is a fantastic piece of scholarship.It shows the jewish persecution in awful detail. The progress of the war is derived from the detail supplied and explains why things... Read more
Published 11 months ago by bracma
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Easily the most gripping and informative history of the Third Reich that I have ever read. Astonishing in its detail.
Published 16 months ago by spike361
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I think something awfully suspicious with the rating system here on Amazon when a book such as this gets so many 5 star reviews. Read more
Published 22 months ago by horoscopy
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This was purchased for my son as a Christmas present and therefore I can not comment on the item itself. My purchae was delivered on time and well packaged.
Published on 19 Dec. 2012 by jotimm
5.0 out of 5 stars THE THIRD REICH AT WAR
Excellent condition, cheap price, prompt delivery. Explains how the war-machine of the Nazis led Germany to sieze power over large areas of Europe, and how they were eventually... Read more
Published on 28 Nov. 2012 by ROBIN EDWARDS
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic, Catastrophic, Demonic; More So than Any Ficticious Work
I almost felt like I was there reading this book. So interesting particularly as it's told from an entirely German perspective (albeit from a Brit author). Read more
Published on 30 Aug. 2012 by Claggart's on fire
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent book behind the Marxist leanings
As with the previous two books of the trilogy Evans has written this is as well researched and a good read. Read more
Published on 11 Aug. 2011 by G. W. Mclean
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