Before the Nazies could destroy the files, famed foreign correspondent and historian William L. Shirer sifted through the massive self-documentation of the Third Reich, to create a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind--now in a special 30th anniversary edition.
"One of the most important works of history of our time."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
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William L. Shirer's THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH is a monumental study of the 20th Century's most frightening moments. Now, 53 years after the end of World War II, it may seem incredible that our most valued institutions, and way of life, were threatened by the menace that Hitler and the Third Reich represented. Shirer's description of events and the cast of characters who played such pivotal roles in defining the course Europe was to take is unforgettable.
Benefiting from his many years as a reporter, and thus a personal observer of the rise of Nazi Germany, and availing himself of some of the 485 tons of documents from the German Foreign Office, captured by the First Army, as well as countless other diaries, phone transcriptions, and other written records, meticulously kept at every level by the Germans, Shirer has put together a brutally objective account of how Hitler wrested political control of Germany, and planned and executed his 6 year quest to dominate the world, only at the end, to see Germany go down in flames.
The combination of personal recollection and amassing of historical evidence distinguishes this book as one of the great historical works of any time. For instance, he recounts that, from his apartment in Plosslgasse, in Vienna, he personally witnessed how perhaps half of Vienna's 180,000 Jews bargained their way to freedom in 1938.
Shirer explains that Hitler believed that France and England were too weak to pose much of a threat to his ambitions to subjugate Czechoslovakia, and later Poland. The momentary relief of Russia as a threat to his domination of Europe as a result of the flurry of diplomatic activity that proceeded his invasion of Poland is fascinating. There is no relief, throughout his narrative, of the brutality of Hitler and such a large contingent of Germans who populate this narrative.
Although 1600 pages long, this is such a richly rewarding experience for anyone who wants to come to grips with the mysterious question as to how this menace to civilization ever came into being, much less was sustained for as long as it was. The answer, unfortunately, is that most of Germany, for a whole host of reasons, embraced Nazism and the fanaticism that Hitler engendered.
For another book that deals with this problem, why so much of Germany lent its support to Hitler, I heartily recommend HITLER'S WILLING EXECUTIONER'S, by Daniel Goldhagen, published by Vintage Books. Although filled with perhaps more statistical details then the non-professional historian would need, this book helps to adumbrate the themes in Shirer's great book.
George Davidson, Director of Production, The Ballantine Publishing Group
William L. Shirer has had a distinguished career as foreign correspondent, news commentator, and historian of the contemporary world. He reported from Berlin for the Universal News Service and for CBS on the rise of the Nazis and he covered their all as a war correspondent. Out of these reports grew his best-sellers Berlin Diary and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, which has sold more copies for the Book-of-the-Month Club than any other book in the club's history.
Shirer is the author of many other best-selling books, including The Collapse of the Third Republic and an autobiography, Twentieth Century Journey: A Memoir of a Life and the Times, composed of three volumes -- The Start: 1904-1930, The Nightmare Years: 1930-1940, and A Native's Return: 1945-1988. He is at work on a new book about the last two weeks of Tolstoy's life.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster, 1990. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: CONTENTS ForewordBook One:THE RISE OF ADOLF HITLER1. Birth of the Third Reich2. Birth of the Nazi Party3. Versailles, Weimar and the Beer Hall Putsch4. The Mind of Hitler and the Roots of the Third ReichBook Two:TRIUMPH AND CONSOLIDATION5. The Road to Power: 1925-316. The Last Days of the Republic: 1931-337. The Nazification of Germany: 1933-348. Life in the Third Reich: 1933-37Book Three:THE ROAD TO WAR9. The First Steps: 1934-3710. Strange, Fateful Interlude: The Fall of Blomberg, Fritsch, Neurath and Schacht11. Anschluss: The Rape of Austria12. The Road to Munich13. Czechoslovakia Ceases to Exist14. The Turn of Poland15. The Nazi -- Soviet Pact16. The Last Days of Peace17. The Launching of World War IIBook Four:WAR: EARLY VICTORIES AND THE TURNING POINT18. The Fall of Poland19. Sitzkrieg in the West20. The Conquest of Denmark and Norway21. Victory in the West22. Operation Sea Lion: The Thwarted Invasion of Britain23. Barbarossa: The Turn of Russia24. A Turn of the Tide25. The Turn of the United States26. The Great Turning Point: 1942 -- Stalingrad and El AlameinBook Five:BEGINNING OF THE END27. The New Order28. The Fall of Mussolini29. The Allied Invasion of Western Europe and the Attempt to Kill HitlerBook Six:THE FALL OF THE THIRD REICH30. The Conquest of Germany31.Goetterdaemmerung:The Last Days of the Third ReichAfterwordNotesAcknowledgmentsBibliographyIndex. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0671728687
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