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- Listening Length: 35 hours and 9 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 Aug. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004087CHC
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Although on occasion his interpretation is open to dispute and the coverage is brief, possibly because of the amount of knowledge available elsewhere, it should be remembered that the war lasted almost six years and to re-tell it in less than 800 pages is an achievement in itself. The bibliography is extensive and includes many works in German.
What is clear from the outset is that the Nazis were motivated by an anti-human racism in which they identified themselves as the master race with the absolute right of determining the individual and collective fates of those they considered inferior. This expression of social darwinism facilitated acts of extreme cruelty which were considered normal behaviour, especially amongst those soldiers who were inculcated into the army under the Nazi regime. Old soldiers had more qualms about shooting women and children.
What is also clear is that the policy of murdering all and sundry was carried out with a ruthlessness that makes one wonder just how firm the concept of civilisation is in reality. SS Task Units were "Beasts in Human Form" and it was rare (though not impossible) to find anyone prepared to deny the Nazis' philosophy of treating other races as subhuman. In so doing they managed to draw on the racial hatred against the Jews present in conquered countries, whether such hatred was based on the Jews' success in business, clannishness or desire to retain their separatist traditions.Read more ›
Abstaining from any form of moralising, which is unnecessary anyway in the face of the well-known enormity of the crimes committed, there is, of course, a heavy emphasis on the horrifying genocidal activities of the Nazis and the political arena, yet economic, cultural and military events are also accounted for in a convincing way. Most of the major controversies concerning the historiography of Nazi Germany like Daniel Goldhagen's "Hitler's Willing Executioners" are mentioned, although Evans does not always take up a clear position and understandably refrains from making any new untested hypotheses, for which a book of this scope cannot be intended anyway.
For students of modern history the book offers a remarkably well-crafted starting-point to develop their own research interests, providing also a detailed bibliography of the major works on the Nazi era.Read more ›
However, coming to the subject as a relative novice, I can say that I found the book well written, informative, well paced and therefore very accessible for a layperson with a serious interest in popular history.
Firstly, the The Third Reich at War is not primarily about the German people, or Germany, in the Second World War; it is about the Nazi regime. In other words the focus is very much on the actions of state and party rather than the experiences of ordinary Germans, who feature only really in their relationship to that regime, whether as its victims (with the main emphasis on the mentally disabled and Jews) or as its passive or active supporters.
As Evans himself acknowledges, despite the best efforts of the Nazis, the German people and the Nazi regime where never one and the same entity. This was true even at the height of the regime's popularity, after the defeat of France and the reclamation of German speaking territories to the East and West in 1940-41.Read more ›
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Its in ok condition. A good chunk of pages have come away from the binding which makes it very awkward to read and hold such a huge book. Read morePublished 22 months ago by paula harrington
I am on holiday in Poland and Germany. I downloaded the third volume after reading the previous two. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
The Third Reich at War by Richard J. Evans is an excellent book detailing the story of the Nazi party and Germany during the Second World War. Read morePublished on 16 May 2014 by HBH
This is a fantastic piece of scholarship.It shows the jewish persecution in awful detail. The progress of the war is derived from the detail supplied and explains why things... Read morePublished on 28 April 2014 by bracma
Easily the most gripping and informative history of the Third Reich that I have ever read. Astonishing in its detail.Published on 15 Nov. 2013 by spike361
I think something awfully suspicious with the rating system here on Amazon when a book such as this gets so many 5 star reviews. Read morePublished on 11 May 2013 by horoscopy
The author has done an excellent job of producing a detailed account of World War II from a German perspective - what went on within Germany as well as mostly a German perspective... Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2013 by Dilys M Goldspink - her husband: D. Goldspink BSc, BA (Hons)