Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich Paperback – 2 May 1991
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"A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions" (The New York Times Book Review)
"A work which everyone should read" (Hugh Trevor-Roper, historian and author of The Last Days of Hitler)
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.See all Product Description
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On reading the book (a rich 1200 pages!) one wonders whether it should not have been called "The Rise and the Fall of Adolf Hitler" for it centers around Hitler and his generals and seems to almost forget Goering, Goebbels, Himmler and other Nazi leaders after their initial appearances. A central conclusion from the book is, no doubt, that the Third Reich and World War2 would not have come about were it not for this one man - Adolf Hitler. All the other players in Shirer's story pale into insignificance beside the genius, charisma, madness, vision, evil, manipulativeness, leadership and single-mindedness of the one man. The only other "heros" of the book, although not covered in great detail, are Stalin and, rather more so, Churchill whose vision, inspiration and leadership changed the course of history.
[Reviewer's personal note: WW2 and the Holocaust are themes of enormous importance to me personally.Read more ›
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.
As a reporter for CBS, William Shirer lived and worked in Germany during much of the Nazi movement. Until he left in 1940, he saw firsthand Hitler's rise to power, the consolidation of that power, and the use of that power. As a fallible human being, his prejudices may show through at times, but this is not necessarily a weakness. In today's climate of political correctness, works by historical revisionists -- that purport to show that Hitler and the Nazis weren't so bad -- are not only published, but they're even taken seriously. Perhaps our modern view of Hitler has been distorted by allied propaganda and Hitler and Goerring were fun loving and lovable guys, they say. At the extreme, some revisionists even claim that the Auschwitz death camp didn't even have gas chambers - they were added later as a tourist attraction! Yeah right.
In that sense, Shirer's book, published in 1959 is refreshing. He doesn't hold back one bit with his opinions.
Hence, Quisling is "pig-eyed", Rohm is a "pervert", Goebles is "dwarfish", Goering is "corpulent", Ribbentrop is "vain as a peacock", Brauchitsch is "unintelligent", Eva Braun has the "brain of a bird", and so forth. Such epithets may offend the sensibilities of some modern day readers, but they certainly spice up the telling of what could otherwise be a boring tale. (If you don't know who these people are, buy the book. Believe me, if you read it all the way through, you will become a formidable expert in Nazi trivia).Read more ›
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Very im.pressed with the services from amazon. I purchased the book for my Dad and he is enjoying reading every page.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a brilliantly put together, very readable book from someone who knows the history of the Third Reich inside and out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Wright
The best book I've read on the third reich. It is also a product of its time so be prepared to struggle through some of it. So much information!Published 3 months ago by Dean Stanley
Having read his "Berlin Diaries" I wanted to get through this mammoth book,and I'm proud I have.It's from a journalists view point who was there. Read morePublished 4 months ago by spike
I had thought that there was little more to learn about the Second World War after having seen many films and documentaries. Read morePublished 4 months ago by PAUL Sandford
Very well written. Fantastic vocabulary and very informativePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer