The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich More than three hundred photographs accompany this abridged edition of the best selling history of Hitler s Germany detailing the rise of the Nazis the events of World War II the Holocaust the Nur

  • Title: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
  • Author: William L. Shirer
  • ISBN: 9781567311631
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Hardcover
  • More than three hundred photographs accompany this abridged edition of the best selling history of Hitler s Germany, detailing the rise of the Nazis, the events of World War II, the Holocaust, the Nuremberg Trials, and postwar Germany.

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    1. William L. Shirer

      William Lawrence Shirer was an American journalist and historian He became known for his broadcasts on CBS from the German capital of Berlin through the first year of World War II.Shirer first became famous through his account of those years in his Berlin Diary published in 1941 , but his greatest achievement was his 1960 book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, originally published by Simon Schuster This book of well over 1000 pages is still in print, and is a detailed examination of the Third Reich filled with historical information from German archives captured at the end of the war, along with impressions Shirer gained during his days as a correspondent in Berlin Later, in 1969, his work The Collapse of the Third Republic drew on his experience spent living and working in France from 1925 to 1933 This work is filled with historical information about the Battle of France from the secret orders and reports of the French High Command and of the commanding generals of the field Shirer also used the memoirs, journals, and diaries of the prominent British, Italian, Spanish, and French figures in government, Parliament, the Army, and diplomacy.

    143 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”

    1. Well, I did it. After two years, I have finally finished this beast. The first 600 or so pages are pretty slow, but it flies after thatWe all know the story- a misanthropic, racist, vegetarian, megalomaniac failed artist writes a book that taps into age-old German prejudices, seizes power, and embarks on a quest for European domination. In the process he starts the biggest war in history leading to the deaths of tens of millions of people, subjugates about a dozen other countries, and systematic [...]

    2. Three years ago I implemented a personal tradition: to read a "Monster Classic" each year. This is my term, referring to a piece of writing that is great in reputation and girth. The how and when of it is to begin the Monster mid-summer and read it in fits and starts over the course of several months, with a goal of finishing before the end of the year. The why of it isn't so simple. Most avid readers I know have daunting lists of books they want to or feel they should read. I'm no different, bu [...]

    3. Darkness. You boil this book down, strip it to the foundations, and what the reader finds is darkness of the human soul. Bred in the alleyways and gutters of Vienna before the first World War, this was the angry and hateful opposite of God’s shining light, the ancient shadows that live in the basement of our souls, given life and expression on the palette of a failed artist. Shirer’s scholarly, exhaustive masterpiece paints the portrait of the Third Reich from its beginnings in the back room [...]

    4. Whew! After six months of exhilarating yet exhausting reading, I have finally managed to finish this massive tome - William L. Shirer's definitive account of the rise and fall of the Third Reich under the evil and mad genius, the warlord Hitler. Hitler expected that the Reich will last for a thousand years - in reality, it lasted just over 12 years. In those twelve, the Fuehrer managed to create hell on earth for the people whom he ruled over as well as in those areas which he conquered; the war [...]

    5. This was the first, really serious grownup book I ever read.My sole brother being almost eight years younger and no cousins being in the States, I was virtually an only child, condemned to the weekly dinner parties of my parents and paternal grandparents and their friends, most of them held elsewhere than our own home. At one particularly excruciatingly boring party held at Great Aunt Synnove's I was scanning the magazines and bookshelves for something to occupy the time. Being ten, the great sw [...]

    6. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, William L. Shirer The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany is a book by William L. Shirer chronicling the rise and fall of Nazi Germany from the birth of Adolf Hitler in 1889 to the end of World War II in 1945. It was first published in 1960, by Simon & Schuster in the United States, where it won a National Book Award. It was a bestseller in both the United States and Europe, and a critical success outsid [...]

    7. I went into this believing I had a well-grounded understanding of Prussian history and a basis of the Hitler regime. Ummm this book is everything I don't know.I feel way over my head. There are so many layers to peel like some history-containing onion. Shirer wrote an entire college course worth of information. I regret that I will not retain it all. An impressive collection of memories and experience, we should feel so privileged to have this thorough documentation of one of the most horrific e [...]

    8. I have a very strong feeling of enthusiasm and at the same time of aversion for this book, which I read when I was 16. William Shirer wrote a no-holds barred account of the rise of Adolf Hitler from the perspective of a fanatical (in the full sense of the word) opponent of everything Hitler stood for. Shirer was also a journalist writing as though he were a historian, so his writing reads easily and persuasively but is not necessarily a font of historical accuracy. Whatever one's own position, t [...]

    9. Listened to as an Audible audiobook.A very detailed history of the entity of the Third Reich. It is not a biography of Hitler or a war history, but a comprehensive study of the entire organization. Shirer was witness to many events as a reporter and uses original source material. The resistance to the Third Reich is also covered in great detail along with the many deeply disturbing aspects of the concentration camps. A definitive history of on of mankind's greatest evils.

    10. The detail with which this book deals with the Third Reich and the unspeakable evil that was Hitler's Germany is almost too much to take. Some of the discriptions, particularly towards the end of 'medical' experimentation, are simply too shocking and too challenging to read in one sitting. If you need to be reminded of just how evil the bastards in charge of Germany in the 30s and 40s really were then this is the book you need to read. Like I said, the detail is mind-blowing - the story of this [...]

    11. Three historical periods always have fascinated me and I usually will read anything published with regard to them. The first is The American Revolution, the second is The Civil War and the third is Nazi Germany/WWII. William Shirer has penned the definitive account of this horrendous time in world history and I believe it is the most comprehensive and compelling telling ever published. I did read Richard Evans' trilogy but I still view Shirer's book as better. I thought that Evans speculated too [...]

    12. I had read this book about thirty-five years ago. Since then I have gone through several books on World War II – Churchill’s great memoirs volumes, Toland and Fest biographies of Hitler, books on the Nuremberg trials…So I thought that Shirer’s book would be a simple re-hash – it wasn’t.If I were to be asked to recommend only one book on Nazi Germany this would be it. I was also very moved by the elegance of Shirer’s writing. His prose is stirring and makes these cataclysmic events [...]

    13. I actually do hate this book, which would earn it 1 star according to ' rating system, but my personal ethics prevent me from going quite so far. The reason I hate it, really, is because it remains wildly popular (you can find it in pretty much any bookstore that has any non-fiction in English at all), in spite of the fact that literally mountains of far better works on the subject have been written. When I come back and look at it objectively, however, I have to admit that it’s not really as [...]

    14. This book was a Christmas present from a friend, though I also bought a copy on the Kindle so that I could read it outside of my house without having to lug around a brick-like book with swastikas on it. The Kindle version is especially handy if you are not quite at the bring-Nazi-related-stuff-to-the-office stage at your job yet. (The down side of the Kindle version is that the it is horrible at handling footnotes, and this book has many that are important to the story.)This is a strange and un [...]

    15. This is a classic. A very detailed, almost day-by-day account of this momentous period of World history. Relevant primary sources, including documents used in Nuremberg, are persuasively referenced throughout the account. The book is an important reference to whoever is interested in the period; however there are a few issues with it: - you can see that the author was a journalist writing as though he were a historian. On the positive side, this makes for a fresh, vivid and compelling narrative, [...]

    16. Excellent.The book is really long and goes into a lot of details, but that shouldn't be held against it. It seems like general knowledge about this subject is kept to the antisemitic atrocities, and stories tend to focus on concentration camps, military conflict, or underground movements and hiding. This leaves the Nazis as just some mystical thing that happened once upon a time. If there is any contextual knowledge known it is probably just remembered from highschool that the German people were [...]

    17. Everyone has that holy grail of a book. Some people work like dogs to finish books by the great Russian literary masters; others tough it out through the oeuvre of Steinbeck. They may not enjoy it, but, by G-d, you are not a real reader until you slam that back cover onto that tome of pain and frustration.I finally finished my grail: the 1500+ page The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. I labored for two months, reading mostly at home to avoid the embarrassment of busting out [...]

    18. DNF @ 35%This is clearly very well researched and if you want a definitive book on Nazi Germany this is it. I would definitely recommend it as a college textbook. It doesn't work for me, I think mainly because through high school and college we learned so much about WWII and in particular Hitler, the Nazis, the Holocaust, and the European side of the war. So I feel like I already know everything this book is talking about and I find myself wondering what's the point of carrying on with something [...]

    19. The rise and fall were equally fascinating but the middle got bogged down in tactics - the number killed and wounded in every single individual battle. This book was huge. YUGE!My soundtrack for the book stands at Slayer's Behind the Crooked Cross. This was tragic on so many levels but it kept coming back to the Germans who were forced to fight and die for a cause they neither supported nor believed in. The chronology was consistently heartbreaking. The author acknowledges the problems of writin [...]

    20. يعد هذا الكتاب من أقدم و أشهر الكتب التي تناولت تاريخ الرايخ الثالث، فقد صدرت طبعته الأولى في عام 1950، و هذا ما أدى لكاتبه أن يتناول في مقدمه إشكالية الكتابة التاريخية و الفترة التي يجب أن تفصل بين الحقبة الزمنية المراد الكتابة عنها و بينزمن الكتابة نفسه. ففي حين أن مؤرخي المد [...]

    21. William Shirer’s book is an outstanding history of Adolph Hitler and the 11 year life of the Third Reich. The book was extremely interesting and I think it was because much of Shirer’s history is first hand. He was a correspondent for CBS news located in Berlin from 1934 to December of 1940. I am wondering how he was able to cover Berlin as a Jewish-American correspondent but he did so until December of 1940. During the fall of France, Shirer was able to effectively scoop all the other world [...]

    22. William L. Shirer's classic examination of the Nazi era from its roots in the end of World War I to its (governmental) demise at the end of World War II is simply one of the great works of history. Built both on Shirer's own experiences as a reporter and eyewitness to Hitler's regime and upon the captured documents of the German government, Shirer depicts, brick by brick, how the edifice of Nazism was built and how, ultimately, it collapsed, largely under the weight of Adolf Hitler's hubris. Tho [...]

    23. Finished this a while ago, but wanted to let my thoughts cogitate before writing a review. This is one of those books that I always thought that I should read, but never got round to doing. Well no excuses now, having read and thought about it - this is a very impressive, important and flawed work. Written by someone who experienced many of the events first hand and with a great many primary resources (got to love the German flair for record keeping) this is ultimately a very uneven account that [...]

    24. “Some battles are won with swords and spears, others with quills and ravens.”-A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martinপর্দার সামনের আর পর্দার পেছনের যুদ্ধের মধ্যে পেছনেরটাকেই আমার সব সময় বেশি গুরুত্বপূর্ণ বলে মনে হয়। যদিও সামনের যুদ্ধের কথাই আমরা সর্বত্র ফলাও [...]

    25. The great strength of this book is that it was written by a journalist. There is a simple narrative and clear prose. Best of all in a couple of places at least he draws upon his own experiences (for example a conversation with a General during the re-militarisation of the Rhineland and seeing German troops and English prisoners of war during the invasion of France in 1940 (Shirer had been a journalist based in France from 1925 and in Germany from 1934).Equally the great weakness of this book is [...]

    26. My first thought at the book's end was, "I finished it!" My second thought was, "I'm not so sure I'm glad I read this." As the saying goes, ignorance is bliss. My summer spent reading this book held a dark cloud over me, which has yet to be lifted. I've spent many evenings in tears over the utter cruelty of the Third Reich.Shirer, a noted journalist, makes it clear he is not a historian. However, the scope of information he covers and use of primary sources would prove otherwise. I find Shirer a [...]

    27. [image error]No matter how many times I encounter Hitler's ascendency, I still cannot help but ask - 'how could it have happened'. These events, regardless of which author you prefer to tell them, are the scariest of Hallowe'en fodder. Taking a break now for some fun, the first of 7 x 8 hour audio tracks is enough for one go."Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George SantayanaTaken a year of dipping in and out but now I'm done. Epic!

    28. Is it metaphorically possible for a society to die of cancer? Can a mad man be so charismatic a genius that his personal malignancy becomes common belief? What fiendish ideas and values could drive such a development?If you know about WWII, but wonder about the source of its madness, this is the book to read. It will give you the characters and events which are almost unbelievable in their deception and depravity.This is the definitive history that people should read not to repeat history.

    29. Believe it or not, I have read this massive book twice. Shirer, who spent much of the years leading up to WWII in Germany, fills in all the blanks and tells a tale of a country spiraling into madness and the ultimate failure of the "1,000 Year Reich". Suffice it to say, this is probably the finest book ever written on the history of Nazi Germany and is a "must read" for all history lovers. "Berlin Diary" also by Shirer is a good preface to this book. Magnificent!!!!

    30. Le Troisième Reich des origines à la chute, est un excellent livre qui a répondu a toutes les questions sur le phénomene Nazi que posaient les gens de l'Amérique du Nord et de l'Europe de l'Ouest durant les années cinquante. En plus il donne une interpretation du Troisième Reich que les historiens de nos jours acceptent. Les nouveaux livres nous apportent des nuances et des approfondissements mais il mettent pas en question les thèses principales de Shirer. Comme bien des gens, je crois [...]

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