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Hitler: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Todd Carlsen
The list author says: "Here are the best books about the heinous Adolf Hitler. 70 million people died in World War II. Civilization came close to ruin. The horror he unleashed was the result of a difficult youth in Austria, personal failures as a young adult, a twisted Darwinian philosophy, and a grandiosity that led to a maniac vision of ruthlessness and fantasy. He once said, “Man has become great through struggle… Whatever goal man has reached is due to his originality plus his brutality… virtue lies in blood.” As leader of Germany, he sought lebensraum (living space) for Germans by invading Eastern Europe and exterminating the residents, whom Hitler thought to be racially inferior. He hoped to enslave the world for an Aryan race of blue eyes and blond hair (yet he had black hair). He sought to exterminate the Jews. As a youth, he was impulsive, easy to anger, a troublemaker and a dropout. Hitler's time of failure as a young man as an artist was pivotal in developing his displaced anger and victimization to Jews. He became a transient on the fringes of society where he learned crude racist views and discovered his gift for speaking. He found purpose as a corporal in WWI. The Great Depression plunged the world into crisis. Hitler blamed the Jews. Desperate people listened. Hitler and his gangsters rose to power and imposed a police state. He invaded most of Europe and North Africa. He was successful but then made one catastrophic blunder after another in WWII, and he flew into repeated fits of rage. He said willpower alone would make soldiers prevail. His Einsatzgruppen murdered 1.5 million people, often making them dig their own graves before shooting them. He moved the Holocaust to death camps. He brought ruin to Germany. Read a general history of World War II. Read a biography of the jovial Franklin Roosevelt. FDR skillfully led USA to victory over Hitler and forged a better post-war world of freedom and security. The Third Reich and colonialism fell."
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
"This masterpiece won the National Book Award. Indeed, it is THE classic book on Hitler's dark rise to power during the Great Depression, the catastrophic world war he started, and heinous Nazi Germany crimes. 60 million people died in WWII."
Hitler: A Biography
Hitler: A Biography
"This Hitler biography by preeminent biographer Ian Kershaw is probably the benchmark one-volume history of the Third Reich and a great history of WWII. This book summarizes Kershaw's massive two-volume biography into one easier-to-read volume. This is the best book in one volume for general readers."
Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
"Gruesome and horrifying! Hitler's SS death squads brutally murdered 1.5 million people in invaded areas. Often the victims had to dig their own graves before being shot in the grave. But the mass murders strained the killers, and the millions of mass killings would be moved to discreet, methodical death camps."
Hitler: A Study in Tyranny
Hitler: A Study in Tyranny
"This is a first-rate Hitler biography with exceptional scholarship by a top historian, and it is relatively brief. This is still one of the very best books on the Third Reich and Hitler, although the German people receive little blame in this book. Hitler was a murderous tyrant. Classic."
The Coming of the Third Reich
The Coming of the Third Reich
"Volume one of this excellent series. This series is the benchmark if you can stand reading three books."
The Third Reich in Power
The Third Reich in Power
"Volume two of an excellent history of the Third Reich."
The Third Reich at War
The Third Reich at War
"Volume three of the exceptional series."
The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders
The Good Old Days: The Holocaust as Seen by Its Perpetrators and Bystanders
"Very, very disturbing stories by the perpetrators themselves. A classic in the literature of the Holocaust and the crimes of the Third Reich. Extremely well-researched."
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945: The Years of Extermination
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945: The Years of Extermination
"This book won the Pulitzer Prize. This scholarly book is the benchmark book on the Holocaust."
Hitler (Harvest Book)
Hitler (Harvest Book)
"This fine biography is one of the best Hitler biographies and highly regarded for the authoritative scholarship. Fest is a German historian who has specialized in the history of Hitler."
The World at War
The World at War
"An absolute masterpiece documentary. This award-winning classic may never be bested."
The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War
The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War
"Written by one of the preeminent historians of World War II, this book rigorously details the mass murder called the Holocaust. The horror! Hitler's Third Reich was a truly evil chapter of human history, and yet thousands of willing people went along with this. The horror."
Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
Eyewitness Auschwitz: Three Years in the Gas Chambers
"A personal account of Auschwitz."
Hitler - The Rise of Evil
Hitler - The Rise of Evil
"Hitler the miniseries. Great performances and entertainment (although disturbing). As a bonus, the very good DVD documentary "Hitler: A Career," written by the great Hitler biographer Joachim Fest, comes with this for free."
Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris
Hitler: 1889-1936 Hubris
"This is volume one of arguably the best Hitler biography. It covers his early years, his life as a corporal in the army, and then his dark rise to power through murder and intimidation - yet legally elected by the German people - during the desperation of the post-WWI years and Great Depression."
Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis
Hitler: 1936-1945 Nemesis
"This is volume two of Kershaw's benchmark biography of Hitler."
Night (Night)
Night (Night)
"One of the best books written about the Holocaust. A very personal and moving account"
Downfall
Downfall
"A masterpiece movie about the final ending of Hitler. Award winning and nominated for an Academy Award. Also consider the related book by Fest used to make the movie."
Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)
Schindler's List (Widescreen Edition)
"This masterpiece won several Oscars."
Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf
Hitler's Second Book: The Unpublished Sequel to Mein Kampf
"Hitler's unpublished second book details his grand foreign policy strategic designs to conquer the world and enslave it for the Nazis. The final showdown after other conquests would come against the United States of America."
Nazis: A Warning from History, The
Nazis: A Warning from History, The
"This superb BBC documentary is the story of the rise of Nazi Germany on DVD."
Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz
Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz
"A death camp leader tells his horrible story."
Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe
Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe
"How Hitler ruled and misruled, which undermined his chances to win the war, because of a rigid adherence to a rigid ideology, leading to the downfall of the Third Reich."
Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography
Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biography
"By a professional WWII journalist."
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945: Abridged Edition
Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1933-1945: Abridged Edition
"This is the abridged version of the two-volume scholarly classic by Saul Friedlander."
Hitler's War Aims: Ideology, the Nazi State, and the Course of Expansion (Vol. 1)
Hitler's War Aims: Ideology, the Nazi State, and the Course of Expansion (Vol. 1)
"Hitler first sought to conquer and exterminate other nationalities to acquire German "living space," and then to enslave Earth for the "master Aryan race." The final conquest would be USA."
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide
"The cold cruelty and a paradox. How could these doctors do this?"
Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany
Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany
"Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s. Many Germans liked Hitler and willingly supported his brutality, but Hitler's popularity did wane, and Hitler's police state is what kept Hitler in power."
The Meaning of Hitler
The Meaning of Hitler
"Outstanding, concise book on Hitler. Thought provoking. Helps also answer "why.""
The Order of the Death's Head: The Story of Hitler's SS (Classic Military History)
The Order of the Death's Head: The Story of Hitler's SS (Classic Military History)
"The New York Times Book Review called this book "a monumental achievement.""
The Third Reich: A New History
The Third Reich: A New History
"Not as good as Shirer, Kershaw, Evans or Fest."
The Devil's Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle
The Devil's Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle
"Hitler’s heinous gangster henchmen and their despicable lives."
HITLER: THE PATHOLOGY OF EVIL (Potomac Paperback Classics)
HITLER: THE PATHOLOGY OF EVIL (Potomac Paperback Classics)
"This book explains Hitler is the context of his traumatized childhood and resulting psychological pathology."
Inside the Third Reich
Inside the Third Reich
"Speer wrote this memoir while serving time in prison. His book provides an insider's perspective, although not fully forthright and not as accurate as books like "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.""
Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945
Armageddon: The Battle for Germany, 1944-1945
"The last days of the Third Reich were a bloodbath. Over 1 million people died in the invasion of Germany. Hitler refused to surrender and ordered everyone to fight to the death."
Hitler: A Career
Hitler: A Career
"Hitler the documentary on DVD, written by the great Hitler biographer Joachim Fest. This DVD comes free with the other DVD "Hitler: The Rise of Evil," at this time."
Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience
Into That Darkness: An Examination of Conscience
"A classic in the literature of the Holocaust and a powerful insight into how someone could so willingly do these things. Disturbing."
Nuremberg : Infamy on Trial
Nuremberg : Infamy on Trial
"It did not end with Hitler's death. His gangster henchmen were put on trial and convicted to death for their heinous crimes. This book summarized their heinous crimes."
The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
"This is a terrific general history of World War II. It is especially excellent at telling the story of Hitler's role in the war. Highest recommendation for understanding Hitler's role in WWII."
The Scourge of the Swastika: A History of Nazi War Crimes During World War II
The Scourge of the Swastika: A History of Nazi War Crimes During World War II
"The history of the Nazi crimes."