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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich [Kindle Edition]

William L. Shirer
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""The New York Times Book Review" A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions." --Hugh Trevor-Roper

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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.


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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2563 KB
  • Print Length: 1266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671728687
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks (Oct. 21 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z57E18
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic March 2 2010
Excellent, and if you are interested in Nazi Germany, then a must-read. Pretty long, but very readable. (It's quite obvious the author was a journalist and knew something about putting readable prose together.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A riviting read . . . July 10 2004
On the very eve of the birth of the Third Reich a feverish tension gripped Berlin . . . Wow! what a great first sentence! Having read this book almost thirty years ago, it still remains the best and most complete history of the Third Reich I have read. Shires purpose is not merely to describe the events that led up to the founding of the Reich and its eventual destruction; but to discover and document the intrigues, treachery, motives and aberrations that precipitated its rise and fall.
I will let others review the history and critique Shire on his research, I would like to comment on the beauty of his prose as he describes what must be the most hellish and destructive state that has existed. Historians have the tendency to be dull, they get so caught up in explaining facts and documenting the movement of armies across strange and foreign landscapes, that the reader tends to get lost in a maze of statistics, foreign names, and seemingly insignificant details. Shire avoids this common pitfall. For instance, after quoting from a German generals diary which described Hitlers intentions in occupied Poland, Shire describes the Nazi intentions in vivid prose. . . Nazi terror. . . forerunner to dark and terrible deeds. . . Nazi barbarism reached an incredible depth. Although Shire, in the introduction of this book made the assertion of strict objectivity, he did not let his objectivity hide the awfulness of Nazi atrocities.
Although well written, it is not an easy book to read. Its sheer length of over 1100 pages may be daunting to the faint of heart; yet, if you are not familiar with the Third Reich and want to have an understanding of the people whom were instrumental in its raise and fall, no other book will give you better oversight and understanding of it than The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mindboggling April 10 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was torture to read. It started off very exciting and interesting, Hitler's background and Vienna days and the formative years of the party were fascinating, but starting with the party's rise to power and with it EVERY twist and turn about how they intrigued and bullied their way to the top and then the occupation of Austria and Czechoslovakia it became excruciating and suffocating to wade through. Characters appear and vanish with breathtaking rapidity never to be heard from again, or else hang around for hundreds of pages (especially Schleicher and Dahlerus) and won't go away. This book's pious and mindboggling coverage of basically only the political events comes at the expense of details about other aspects of the Third Reich (like the Ss, Gestapo, Hitler Youth, Heydrich, Speer, exactly how Germany rearmed, etc.). For example, did we really need a blow-by-blow account of every single turn and setback and last minute comeback and every trivial detail (complete with date, time and even weather descriptions!) regarding how these gangsters came to power? So often I threw up my hands and tore at my hair and screamed as I kept reading about how so and so telephoned so and so at 2 a.m. in the morning then waited all day for a reply... or how many times Hitler flew into the absolutely worst rage in his life... it was sickening enough reading about how dirty and slimy Nazi politics had been but to have every minor character unearthed and every trivial detail thrown a spotlight on through virtually all of 1500 pages including huge footnotes--the footnotes may as well have been a separate book!--it was all just too much. And Ribbentrop, whom Shirer sneered endlessly at is on practically every page in the last two thirds. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will history repeat itself ? April 7 2013
By Ronald W. Maron TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
With all of the major accolades and minor complaints about this book being said in other reviews, I choose not to add my thoughts to these lists. Instead, my reading of this text brought a series of questions to my mind that I would like to share:
1. Is our country of origin more concerned with the wealth of its elite or with the futures of its poor?
2. Do we have a single political party whose main objectives are to return the country to `the United States as we once knew it'?
3. Do we, too, polarize and stigmatize certain cultures and label them as alien and non-American?
4. Are we more interested in attaining peace throughout the world or are we, too, more interested in imperialism and world domination?
5. Is there a similarity between the concepts of `the superior Aryan race' and `American exceptionalism'?
6. Do we have a American public that is now illiterate to current events or, at least, under-informed?
7. Does a certain faction of US public have a strong tendency to undermine the equalities of women, minorities and the LGBT community?
8. Are big businesses and brokerage banks actually the deciders of our economic and social futures?
9. Do we see all other cultures as being on a level that is lower than the culture that we have developed?
10. Is there really any difference between patriotism, which we are told to strive for, and nationalism, which creates chasms between countries of the world?
11. Do we have a large portion of the country that is willing to place religious dogma above humanism and civil rights?
12. Lastly, is it true that history always repeats itself to those who become fat, lazy and unaware?
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