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The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940

Shirer, William L.

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ISBN 10: 0671203371 / ISBN 13: 9780671203375
Published by Simon and Schuster, 1969
Condition: Fine+ Hardcover
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Blue cloth boards with gold gilt and red decoration and lettering. Stated first printing. This book is in near new condition and appears unread, the jacket has a bit of very light wear at the spine ends and a short closed tear at the rear spine top, and a smoothed out crease in the back flap. We ship in cardboard boxes, and guarantee satisfaction. Bookseller Inventory # 23649-223

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Title: The Collapse of the Third Republic: An ...

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Publication Date: 1969

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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On June 17, 1940 William L. Shirer stood in the streets of Paris and watched the unending flow of gray German uniforms along its boulevards. In just six lovely weeks in the spring and summer of 1940 a single battle brought down in total military defeat one of the world's oldest, greatest, and most civilized powers—the second mightiest empire on earth and the possessor of one of the finest military machines ever assembled. How did it happen? After nearly a decade of research in the massive archives left from World War II and after hundreds of conversations with the Third Republic's leaders, generals, diplomats, and ordinary citizens, Shirer presents the definitive answer in his stunning re-creation of why and how France fell before Hitler's armies in 1940. His book is also a devastating examination of the confusion, corruption, and cynicism that drained the strength and toughness of a democracy which Thomas Jefferson once called "every man's second country." This book complements and completes the dramatic story of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and continues to rank as one of the most important works of history of our time.

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"A brilliant account of the dry rot which weakened France," said LJ's reviewer of this massive work (LJ 10/15/69). In his usual fashion, Shirer provides intricate details of the history of the Third Republic, from its early years to its demise. This remains "strongly recommended."
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