The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
A History of Nazi Germany

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When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to cover up their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L. Shirer's definitive book on the Third Reich uses these unique sources. Combined with his personal experience with the Nazis, living through the war as an international correspondent, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich not only earned Shirer a National Book Award but is recognized as one of the most important and authoritative books about the Third Reich and Nazi Germany ever written. The diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as well as evidence and other testimony gained at the Nuremberg Trials could not have found more artful hands.

Shirer gives a clear, detailed and well-documented account of how it was that Adolf Hitler almost succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has become one of the most authoritative books on one of mankind's darkest hours. Shirer focuses on 1933 to 1945 in clear detail. Here is a worldwide bestseller that also tells the true story of the Holocaust, often in the words of the men who helped plan and conduct it. It is a classic by any measure.

The book has been translated into twelve languages and was adapted as a television miniseries, broadcast by ABC in 1968. This first ever e-book edition is published on the 50th anniversary of this iconic work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

William Shirer was originally a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and was the first journalist hired by Edward R. Murrow for what would become a team of journalists for CBS radio. Shirer distinguished himself and quickly became known for his broadcasts from Berlin, accounting the rise of the Nazi dictatorship through the first year of World War II. Shirer was the first of "Edward R. Murrow's Boys"--broadcast journalists--who provided news coverage during World War II and afterward. It was Shirer who broadcast the first uncensored eyewitness account of the annexation of Austria. Shirer is best known for his books The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which has seen millions of copies in print and is considered a seminal work on the Nazi party and the war, as well as his book Berlin Diary.
 

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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 October 21, 2011 by RosettaBooks. 1266 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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it shows division in the ranks,- between Hitler and Molotov, Hitler and Mussolini, Hitler and his own general staff, Hitler and Japan.

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The accomplishments of acclaimed American journalist William Shirer are celebrated in Wick's latest book, which faithfully tracks the ambitious writer's Midwest origins to his Chicago Tribune reporting apprenticeship and landing a plum job as the workhorse of Edward Murrow's CBS News bureau in 19...

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Although it was his coverage of Nazi Germany that made Shirer famous, he actually set off for Europe in 1925 without a job.

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Payne analyzes the specific characteristics of “generic fascism” and proceeds to illustrate the various fascist movements in Europe showing how fascism is a political philosophy as varied as any other.) In the end, Shirer's book is a masterful telling of a dark decade that nearly destroyed civili...

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In addition to detailing Shirer's journey as a European correspondent, The Long Night presents some of the conflicts that confronted Shirer and other reporters as the Nazis increased their power.

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It is “a history” of Nazi Germany, not “the history.” Even in 1100 pages, Shirer gives the reader a summary of Hitler’s rise, the European theater of war, and the Shoah.

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Pajiba

There’s only so many times you can read about death camp prisoners having their skins made into lampshades before you have to switch off.) This review is part of the Cannonball Read series.

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Tampa Bay Times

abandoned") and then with Hitler's panzer divisions as they zipped through the towns and villages of Holland and Belgium toward France, unimpeded by the Allies, in the spring of 1940: "Real devastation .

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Seattle PI

In addition to detailing Shirer's journey as a European correspondent, The Long Night presents some of the conflicts that confronted Shirer and other reporters as the Nazis increased their power.

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Open Salon

Any book about this period of history will be difficult to write and difficult to read but this is an excellent effort from Shirer to document a horrific period of history.

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World War II Database

William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is an epic text, a full 1400-pages (my paperback, at least) of facts, figures, historical minutia, and judgment.

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World War II Database

Much of the book drew observations and conclusions from captured official German documents and diaries of major Axis figures (Alfred Jodl, Franz Halder, Joseph Goebbels, and Galleazo Ciano, to name a few), while the British Blue Book and the French Yellow Book were also quoted often.

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