The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

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Hitler boasted that The Third Reich would last a thousand years. It lasted only 12. But those 12 years contained some of the most catastrophic events Western civilization has ever known. In The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer gave us the definitive book on Hitler's German Empire. Based on his personal experiences as a war correspondent as well as the voluminous documents that came out of Germany after the war, this thrilling account of Hitler's reign is widely acclaimed to be one of the greatest historical works of our time. Now available as an exclusive anniversary edition, this volume is as compelling as ever. Everything about the period is explained to the fullest, beginning with Hitler's rise to power, the Nazification of Germany and the march to war. The accounts of how the United States got involved and how Hitler used Mussolini and Japan are astonishing, and the coverage of the war-from Germany's early successes to her eventual defeat-is must reading

Title:The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0671728687
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:1614 pages

    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany Reviews

  • Wyatt Nordstrom
    Nov 06, 2007

    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 that...We all know the story- a misanthropic, racist, vegetarian, meg...

  • Lyn
    Oct 31, 2013

    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 wa...

  • Julie
    May 15, 2011

    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 i...

  • Erik Graff
    Mar 21, 2008

    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 ...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Nov 18, 2016

    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 man...

  • Joseph
    Jan 07, 2017

    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. Sh...

  • Esdaile
    Jul 21, 2012

    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-holes barred account of the rise of Adolf Hitler from t...

  • Trevor
    May 07, 2010

    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 'med...

  • Zachariah
    Jan 21, 2012

    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 s...

  • Todd N
    Feb 18, 2012

    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 ...

About William L. Shirer

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