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The Third Reich at War, 1939-1945 (History of the Third Reich) Paperback – 23 Feb 2010
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..".Masterful....Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich's history and of the enormous historical literature....Evans narrates the Reich's end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans's fellow historians as well as a broader public will read this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author's narrative powers."―Publisher's Weekly, starred review
About the Author
Richard J. Evans was born in London and educated at Oxford University. He has taught at Columbia University and Birkbeck, University of London, and since 2014 has been the Regius Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cambridge. His many publications include an acclaimed three-volume history of the Third Reich and a recent collection of essays, The Third Reich in History and Memory. A Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, he is a past winner of the Wolfson History Prize, and was twice a History Honoree at the Los Angeles Times Book Awards. In 2012 he was appointed Knight Bachelor in the Queen's birthday honors list, for services to scholarship.
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You can't help but feel sorry for the ordinary German, who admittedly, were mistakenly led down the path of the Nazis. Great book.
Whilst avoiding the pitfalls of excessive repetition and detail, this book offers a comprehensive and very thorough description of the totality of the impact of Hitler's War. Specifically, it avoids several common errors such as the tendency to assume that the war was won by the Western Allies rather than lost by Hitler's attack on Russia or indeed the common tendency of British military historians to treat the Nazis' war on the Jews and other "subhumans" as entirely separate from their great military campaigns. This book constantly recognises the comprehensiveness of the Nazis' wish to entirely destroy their perceived enemies including their blood-thirstiness to their own people .
In creating a total picture the author has nonetheless retained great humanity and sensitivity to the individual human stories that contribute to the whole picture by referring often to diaries and other personal testimony. He also offers several insights that are genuinely new and thought-provoking such as his assessment of Speer and his contribution to the German war effort.Particularly interesting are Professor Evans' analysis of the passivity of the organised Christian Churches as well as his thorough and well nuanced description of the 20th of July 1944 plot against Hitler.
This book, in spite of its heavy subject, is written in a style both appropriate to the content and easy to read. I recommend it highly.
The only difference between the two is that Richard Evans has had access to new evidence and he has projected the origins of the coming of the Third Reich farther into the past.
A must have trilogy for all those who are interested in the period and one of the best series on the subject in years.
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