- Paperback: 1280 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (October 11, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451651686
- ISBN-13: 978-1451651683
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,771 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany Reissue Edition
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About the Author
Ron Rosenbaum is the bestselling author of Explaining Hitler and The Shakespeare Wars and has written or edited six other books. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He writes a column for Slate and lives in New York City.
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The book was an instant bestseller in 1960, and now, 56 years later, it's still a big seller. Don't be put off by the book's length, it's well worth reading.
A reader will learn that the world had many chances to defeat Hitler before millions of innocent civilians were murdered. Readers will learn the true relationship between Hitler and Mussolini, how ready (or not) the Nazi Army/Air force/Blitzkrieg was in 1939 and how Hitler's arrogance doomed his quest for global domination.
You can see so many events, decisions, appeasements and accommodations that, if they had gone the other way, could have prevented this disaster from being visited upon the world.
It's a huge book, taking me forever to read. I almost never read non-fiction, but I found this one compelling and hard to put aside.
The writer lived in Berlin as an American reporter during the rise of the Reich and had extensive access to diaries, documents, interviews and Nuremberg testimony with which he constructed this book.
I find his writing very engaging and he turned the history into a suspenseful tale with myriad twists and turns that any fiction writer would love to think of. There were many sections of the book that I had to stop reading and wait for my emotions to calm down a bit before I could continue. Shirer does not paint his pictures in the soft pastel palates of water colors. It is not for the troubled to read. One needs to be strong to think about some of the material facts presented in this book.
It is especially timely now, when we Americans are in the throws of similar demogoguery and scapegoating in our political world. Indeed, it quite amazes me how many of the damning things said about the Jewish Germans are the same one being currently slung at members of other groups right now in this country.