- 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
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,677 customer reviews)
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany Reissue Edition
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
I started this book because I grew up in Germany and wanted to know more about the history of the second world war. It is easy to get distracted by a lot of the "documentaries" that run on TV and dabble more in fiction (the fiction being the motivation of the events more so than maybe the events) which this is largely devoid off. In fact, some of these harebrained endeavors into Mysticism and Architecture and Super Weapons probably could have made this more entertaining to read, but given the subject matter I think the tone was well chosen. Largely this is very dry with little happening in the first thousand pages. Largely this is because events from hundreds of pages (month) apart join up and there is never an immediate payoff in events, and clearly such is the nature of history.
Towards the end though things are happening faster as events start to spin out off control, but this is where one of the issues of style become apparent, namely the constant repetition of labeling events as (one of) THE fatal mistake(s). Still, part five is where things got rather stomach turning. Up to this there had been little on the subject of genocide and although some harassment had been detailed it had been mostly superficial, but here no punches get pulled and it started to affect me emotionally. Finally part six deals with the final fall of the Third Reich, and again it feels a little detached, although it is certainly quite detailed.
The focus of this book is clearly Germany, and its action, with little attention given to the remainder of geopolitical events. They are there but context is often absent. Again this is not a flaw, but a focus and given the length of this work, it is appreciated. Similarly, there is generally a feeling of detachment, and judgement of the morality of events is left up to the reader, which together combined in such a way that it lacked impact, though then again in dealing largely with politics or events in a politically motivated light they probably would always be devoid of emotional impact.
It's hard for me to judge this book based on my awareness of German history in context, and bias occasioned by upbringing, and yet I can't help but feel that it rings true. This probably isn't the title I'd recommend to anyone unfamiliar with the subject matter as a starting point, given its length and focus, though for anyone desiring a complete overview this is certainly a complete work. There are many things not covered, especially the sensationalist things such as the megalomania, but I think the factual (and objective) stuff is all here, so again this is a solid reference. Things to put one of must be the length and arguably the dryness of the subject, which still manages to become quite disturbing in parts.