The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

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RosettaBooks, Oct 23, 2011 - History - 1264 pages
National Book Award Winner: The definitive account of Nazi Germany and “one of the most important works of history of our time” (The New York Times).
When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to destroy their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L. Shirer’s sweeping account of the Third Reich uses these unique sources, combined with his experience living in Germany as an international correspondent throughout the war.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich earned Shirer a National Book Award and continues to be 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 is a chilling and illuminating portrait of mankind’s darkest hours.
“A monumental work.” —Theodore H. White

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William Shirer, an experienced journalist wrote this,the definitive study of the Third Reich for the first post-WWII generation. He had been in Europe from 1925, working first for the Chicago tribune ... Read full review

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Definitely a beast to get through and didn't make it cover-to-cover but a classic history 'text'(book) that I think is a fitting book to have in a personal library if you're the type that's a bit ... Read full review


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The Fall of Mussolini
Attempt to Kill Hitler
The Conquest of Germany
The Last Days of the Third Reich
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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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