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2.0 out of 5 stars My opinion of the contents, 5 Nov 2004
This review is from: The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation: 11 (Hodder Arnold Publication) (Paperback)
I purchased this book at the beginning of the week and was really looking forward to reading it. I did look around the market for books on Nazism and others based on Hitlers rule and the Third Reich however this book was 'sold' to me on the basis of this comment ....
"however I didn't find this book hard to read, it's presentation and style of writing allow for the easier digestion of the hard facts this book presents."
I am not dumb or simple to any stretch of imagination but I quite simply find this book very hard to digest. I have not lasted 2 chapters and already I have given up. I do not doubt this book is informative and very useful to someone with a higher level of English.
If you doubt your level of reading I would not suggest you buy this book however at the same time I am not taking anything away from the quality of the book, I am sure it is informative to many.
Many thanks,
David
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Initial post: 9 Dec 2008 13:28:12 GMT
lexo1941 says:
If you have difficulty reading, then this is not the best book for you. Although it's marketed as a sort of introduction to the history of the Third Reich, it isn't one. It's a somewhat technical book about recent themes in the history of Nazi Germany, and is mainly of interest to people who are already reasonably familiar with the subject. Kershaw is a brilliant historian but he does sometimes write very long sentences, and so this is not a book for someone who is looking for a good, brief, reliable introduction to the history of Nazi rule in Germany.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure I can think of such a book.

Posted on 19 Nov 2012 15:15:35 GMT
D. Halliday says:
If you're looking for a slightly lighter book on the same topic, what about the abridged version of Alan Bullock's biography on Hitler? It's about 500-600 pages and is written to be readable rather than academic.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2013 20:08:39 BDT
Laurence Rees 'The Nazis: A Warning From History' (written as an accompaniment to the BBC television series) is a good start - accessible and concise without insulting the intelligence of a beginner.
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