The Collapse of the Third Republic by William L Shirer
An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940

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On June 17, 1940 William L. Shirer stood in the streets of Paris and watched the unending flow of gray German uniforms along its boulevards. In just six lovely weeks in the spring and summer of 1940 a single battle brought down in total military defeat one of the world's oldest, greatest, and most civilized powers—the second mightiest empire on earth and the possessor of one of the finest military machines ever assembled. How did it happen? After nearly a decade of research in the massive archives left from World War II and after hundreds of conversations with the Third Republic’s leaders, generals, diplomats, and ordinary citizens, Shirer presents the definitive answer in his stunning re-creation of why and how France fell before Hitler's armies in 1940. His book is also a devastating examination of the confusion, corruption, and cynicism that drained the strength and toughness of a democracy which Thomas Jefferson once called "every man's second country." This book complements and completes the dramatic story of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and continues to rank as one of the most important works of history of our time.


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William L. Shirer has had a distinguished career as foreign correspondent, news commentator, and historian of the contemporary world. He reported from Berlin for the Universal News Service and for CBS on the rise of the Nazis and he covered their all as a war correspondent. Out of these reports grew his best-sellers "Berlin Diary" and "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich," which has sold more copies for the Book-of-the-Month Club than any other book in the club's history. Shirer is the author of many other best-selling books, including "The Collapse of the Third Republic" and an autobiography, "Twentieth Century Journey: A Memoir of a Life and the Times," composed of three volumes -- "The Start: 1904-1930, The Nightmare Years: 1930-1940," and "A Native's Return: 1945-1988." He is at work on a new book about the last two weeks of Tolstoy's life.
Published November 13, 1969 by Simon & Schuster. 1082 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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This is a companion effort to Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960), also voluminous but very readable, reflecting once again both Shirer's own experience and an-enormous mass of historical material well digested and assimilated.

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