- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 910,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany Hardcover – 1974
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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.
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm almost finished with this book. It was a bit tough to get on with in the beginning (and at times goes too much in depth with certain events that I personally found to be... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Frederik Rasmussen
A detailed look at the Nazi regime from beginning to end. William Shirer who wrote this impressive piece of work was based in Berlin from 1934 to 1941, leaving just before the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Rose
Excellent book. Well written, detailed, explains things well and sticks to the point. 100% recommend to anyone who wants to further their knowledge on the Third Reich.Published 5 months ago by M
this was a present for my husband who was riveted from the first page, a good read to teach us all never to dismiss war lightly or let it happen againPublished 5 months ago by victoria jones
My brother who lives in Australia mentioned that he was to re-read this book and thought I could be interested as I love history especially recent history of the 2nd World War. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Peggy
Of all the thousands of books and opinions on this subject, this is still the best. Comprehensive, insightful and very readable. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
William L. Shirer was not just writing of the dramatic events in the rise and fall of the Third Reich, he was there. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert Y. Houston
Well researched and well written. We learn from history or we perish. It could never happen again....could it?Published 7 months ago by Zorro
I've never read a 1.264 pages book without feeling bored not one bit.
I read this book during mid summer on a Greek island and somehow it made me feel like if I was in a dark... Read more