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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany Hardcover – 1974

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; Tenth Printing edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0999945262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0999945261
  • ASIN: 0671624202
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.5 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
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Orville Prescott "The New York Times" One of the most important works of history of our time.

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

Theodore H. White A monumental work, a grisly and thrilling story.

John Gunther One of the most spectacular stories ever told.

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

"One of the most important works of history of our time." -Orville Prescott "The New York Times"

"A monumental work, a grisly and thrilling story." --Theodore H. White

"One of the most spectacular stories ever told." -John Gunther --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A comprehensive review of the rise and fall of the most evil empire ever to inhabit this world. Written clearly from that of an eye witness, Shirer was a CBS correspondent in Berlin, the author lays bare the morally weak ruling class of Germany. The German generals and the Prussian aristocracy, from which many of them came from, were no match for the wily and sinister Austrian corporal. Shirer's gift is his ability to show how a man hellbent on destruction was able to make mincemeat of a morally weak elite. The tragedy is how easily such an evil man as Hitler was able to manipulate the German ruling class for his own ends and in doing so bring a whole nation to its knees - and the Prussian Generals beloved Germany to complete destruction. In once sense this book is very sad because as you read it you can see a nation, not unlike our own, heading towards destruction with no one able to put the brakes on. With many of Hitler's enemies locked up or killed in the early years of the Third Reich it was impossible for the Germans to do it. In England, Baldwin and Chamberlains pathetic whimpers and overtones played into the hands of Nazi foreign policy. They were no match for Hitler and served only to fuel the rise of Nazism. France was in turmoil with riots on the streets and successive governments coming and going. They had their chance to send Hitler packing during the occupation of the Rhineland but Paris was in turmoil. At that time the Wehrmacht was no match for the French Army. There were many chances to get rid of Hitler in his early years but as the years passed it became more and more apparent that only a war on a scale hitherto unseen was necessary - terribly frightening for peace loving people in Europe (incl. Germany).Read more ›
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Its a lifetime since the end of WW2, and more than a lifetime from the first time William Shirer was present at the height of National Socialism. However, this book remains a definitive history of the time, written by a journalist present at Nurnberg, Rally and Trial, and many places in between. Somehow Rise and Fall has become both a Ripping Yarn, and a contemporary history, providing a tremendous insight into the origins, growth and ultimate implosion of the 3 rd Reich.
Its not a short read, it is however a compelling and somewhat frightening account of how the regime was organised, managed, and ultimately how it it subsumed all sensibility and lead Western Europe into a long Dark night that stretched over 40 years beyond 1945.
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This is a combination of eyewitness experience and meticulous use of contemporary documentation which carries the reader relentlessly through the twelve terrible years which followed Hitler's manipulation of Weimar Germany's fragile democratic process to attain the role of Chancellor as the springboard for launching national socialism and its antisemitic and xenophobic horrors on a Europe still struggling with the aftermath of the 'war to end war.'
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I starred reading this book feeling sure that I would never finish it. As it turned out I couldn't put it down and finished it in ten days. For a comprehensive text of the history of the Third Reich you to look no further than this marvelous book which tells the story of a civilised, cultured nation that turned insane under the leadership of a few evil men.
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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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This is a 1960 book on the rise and fall of Hitler and Nazi Germany, by a snappy and intelligent American journalist who witnessed a lot of the early events first-hand while working in Germany. He uses a reporter style rather than an academic one. This works well if you don't like dry history; and at the same time he covers all the main events and includes a fair amount of detail. A selection of discourses between the big players, quotes, and incidents on-the-ground are included.

It isn't perfect. 1. He talks about Germany being historically a war-like nation, perhaps getting confused with Prussia (which may have been good at war at times but was often very liberal as were other German-speaking countries - Frederick the Great was a man of the Enlightenment). 2. Also after 1941 there isn't much about everyday life in the country (but then again, he doesn't say that he will do so in the book title, and couldn't speak from first-hand as he had left). 3. Some historians don't like the book as it doesn't spend ages discussing theories and doesn't compare Nazi Germany with other totalitarian states. I think some were/are just a bit stuffy about accessible history. 4. British PM Chamberlain comes over as craven which he may have been but was also of a generation who recalled WW1 and its horrors and wanted to avoid another conflict. 5. He doesn't acknowledge the factors that made Germans listen to Hitler and co. (and about a quarter to a third of them to actively support the Nazis to the end), some of which which were caused by clumsiness in the Versailles treaty and in the subsequent treatment of Germany. 6. He isn't politically correct (e.g. regarding homosexuals), but is uncontroversial for 1960.
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