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

William L. Shirer
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"A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions" The New York Times Book Review "A work which everyone should read" -- Hugh Trevor-Roper, historian and author of The Last Days of Hitler

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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 (204 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dated or Not - Still The Epic 5 Star Story Jan. 16 2004
There have been a number of new revisions concerning the history of World War II as more and more documents were found, and then made available to the general public, or at least to researchers especially documents from the former USSR.
However I still like the books such as this book that were written by the people that actually lived through the war, especially when they were there as participants and reporters. To me they have the best perspective regardless of any "discoveries" 50 years later.
Also the war was a war of raw power and material and men carried out on a very large scale. It is hard to see how smaller details would have any meaningful impact on the outcome. The Third Reich had the upper hand initially because of their superb equipment such as tanks, planes, and submarines. Their people were trained and disciplined. But once they entered the vast lands of the USSR they were swallowed by the size and winter climate as was Napolean's army 130 years before. Then the German troops had to face the Americans who could turn out planes, ships, tanks, and trained troops like cookies.
From my perspective, the basic thrust of the war was set by the large scale military power and the massive movements of men and materials. I think this is portrayed faithfully by this epic book which is 1200 pages long. It is for the most part an accurate picture of what took place. Sure things have been discovered, and things could have been done a bit different if more information was available, but for the most part these things they would have had little impact on the war and its outcome.
So for me this book remains one of the definitive stories on WW II told by people there at the scene.
Five stars.
Jack in Toronto
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Many people have remarked that Shirer wasn't the most objective observer of the Third Reich. Some reviewers have stated that they would have preferred a volume devoid of personal biases and slanted observations, believing themselves competent to form their own opinions of the characters involved. If you count yourself one of this group, don't read Shirer. Don't read, for that matter, any book written by a human. I am more than content to base my opinions of Nazi leaders on Shirer's observations. He was an incredibly intelligent man in the best position possible for giving us an outsider's view into the otherwise murky world of Nazi Germany. How else do we form conclusions about men and women who died 60 years ago if not by cannibalizing the observations of others? It is impossible for anyone lving today to form an accurate picture of any historical figure without relying on the words of previous observers. Where else but from Shirer could we have learned that Hitler was commonly reffered to as a "Teppichfresser" ('carpet-eater' - referring to his occaisional fits of rage that ended with him drooling on the floor and knawing at the carpet) by those who disliked him? By the very nature of its author and the circumstances under which it was written, this book will probably never be surpassed in providing a broad, yet incredibly insightful view into the Third Reich.
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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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