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.
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Incredible book, a must read!
William Shirer's style of writing is more like a novel then history book, in my head the book plays out like a movie, well cited, researched and documented. The book shows the inter-mechanics of such a purely evil empire. A must read
Well researched, truly epic
I was only 8 or 9 when the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was first published, but I remember the reaction it caused. Now, over 50 years later, I have finally gotten around to reading the book that had garnered so much praise from so many people. I was wowed.
Shirer managed to research and document every aspect of Hitler's rise and fall, and the concurrent political machinations of both the axis and allied governments involved. It's fascinating to read about the large, headline-making events of those days, and moreso, the smaller, little-known, behind-the-scenes actions that affected the course of history. On the other hand, Shirer managed to leave out almost all of the French governments' political in-fighting during the period; this was a major oversight, I feel.
This is a well-researched book, but definitely not a tue academic historian's work. Shirer's opinions do show through, and sometimes quite vividly; I can't fault him for that since he lived through the events, saw them first-hand, and has never portrayed this work as an academic piece of literature.o
Other reviewers have mentioned, in particular, his opinions on gay individuals mentioned in the book. Face it; in the 1950s when this book was being written, those were the prevailing attitudes. I won't fault him for that, and I suffered through these few sections.
My biggest criticism has nothing to do with the content, though, but more of the medium. Obviously, this electronic edition was scanned and released without updating to take advantage of the iBooks features. One problem is that the formatting, particularly indentation, doesn't always work. This makes it difficult to follow at times. More important, If ever a book cries out for links to and from end-notes, it is this one.
All in all, an amazing book.
absolute must read
first hand insight and accounts of hitlers inner circle, makes reader realize the paranoia etc which influenced world history as well as current geopolitical dilema