Berlin Diary: Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941 Hardcover – 1 Oct 1997
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There is absolutely no better book by an American about the rise of the Third Reich. A gripping -- and harrowing -- view from inside Hitler's Germany.(Lamar Graham)
The most complete news report yet to come out of war time Germany.(Time) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
William Lawrence Shirer (February 23, 1904 – December 28, 1993) was an American journalist, war correspondent, and historian, who wrote The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, a history of Nazi Germany which has been widely read and cited in scholarly works for over fifty years. Originally a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Shirer was the first reporter hired by Edward R. Murrow for what would become a team of journalists for CBS radio. Shirer became famous for his broadcasts from Berlin, from the rise of the Nazi dictatorship through the first year of World War II. With Murrow, Shirer organized the first broadcast world news roundup, a format still followed by major news broadcasts. Shirer's other books include his three volume autobiography, “Twentieth Century Journey.” He was European correspondent for the Chicago Tribune from 1925 to 1932, covering assignments in Europe, the Near East and India. Shirer lived and worked in France for several years beginning in 1925. He left in the early 1930s but returned frequently to Paris throughout the decade. He lived and worked in the Third Reich from 1934 to 1940. As a print journalist first and later as a radio reporter for CBS, Shirer covered the strengthening of one-party rule in Nazi Germany beginning in 1934. Shirer reported on Adolf Hitler's peacetime triumphs like the return of the Saarland to Germany and the re-militarization of the Rhineland. Shirer was the first of the group that would be called "Murrow's Boys" — the broadcast journalists who provided outstanding news coverage during World War II and afterward. CBS's prohibition on its correspondents talking on the radio ended in March 1938. Shirer was in Vienna on March 11, 1938 when the German annexation of Austria (Anschluss), took place after weeks of mounting pressure by Nazi Germany on the Austrian government. As the only American broadcaster in the Austrian capital at the time, Shirer had a major scoop, but lacked the facilities to report the momentous events of the Anschluss to his CBS radio audience. He was not permitted to broadcast by occupying German troops controlling the Austrian state radio studio. At Murrow's suggestion, Shirer flew to London via Berlin — he recalled in Berlin Diary that the direct flight to London was filled with Jews frantically trying to escape German-occupied Austria. Once in London, Shirer broadcast the first uncensored eyewitness account of the annexation. Meanwhile, Murrow flew from London to Vienna to cover for Shirer. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Shirer lived through and recorded the most tumultuous times in a most readable way.
The diary covers the years from Hitlers ascension to absolute power until the end of 1940.
The most amazing thing about these daily thoughts show how perceptive Shirer was, almost as if he had written in hindsight.
I cannot praise this book enough, an absolute must for students of WWII history and Germany
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Birthday present for husband - great success. Loved it, read bits to me and devoured quickly. Delivery within Prime parameters.Published 4 months ago by Jane Gould
Fascinating journal. Read it in print years ago. Now on Kindle it loses nothing. Shirer was brilliant in his perceptions of the lunatics in the Nazi party !Published 12 months ago by CHIGMEISTER
This gives a bird,s eye view of how correspondents from all all over Europe had to deal with the duplicitous leaders of the third Reich.Published 15 months ago by L. Travis
This is almost certainly a flawed book, but compelling at the same time. It documents Germany's remorseless progress towards and into WW2. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mike
A must read for all people, young and elderly, interested in the history of WWIIPublished 15 months ago by L. J. Dell
Great diary, so full of snippets of wisdom, understanding of ills of a nation gripped by Nazism, and of the weakness of western governments in the lead up to 1939 and after. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Caspar
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