The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

By William Shirer

  • Publication Date: 2011-10-23
  • Genre: Europe
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 207 Ratings)

Book Overview

When the Third Reich fell, it fell swiftly. The Nazis had little time to cover up their memos, their letters, or their diaries. William L. Shirer’s definitive book on the Third Reich uses these unique sources. Combined with his personal experience with the Nazis, living through the war as an international correspondent, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich not only earned Shirer a National Book Award but is recognized as one of the most important and authoritative books about the Third Reich and Nazi Germany ever written. The diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels as well as evidence and other testimony gained at the Nuremberg Trials could not have found more artful hands.

Shirer gives a clear, detailed and well-documented account of how it was that Adolf Hitler almost succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich has become one of the most authoritative books on one of mankind’s darkest hours. Shirer focuses on 1933 to 1945 in clear detail. Here is a worldwide bestseller that also tells the true story of the Holocaust, often in the words of the men who helped plan and conduct it. It is a classic by any measure.

The book has been translated into twelve languages and was adapted as a television miniseries, broadcast by ABC in 1968. This first ever e-book edition is published on the 50th anniversary of this iconic work.

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Recent Reviews

  • Rise and Fall of the Third Riech

    5
    By Fojeff7
    Excellent, page turner. Focused on how Hitler rose to power, kept it, plunged Germany into a horrible war she could not have won, and managed in the process to fool most Germans and kill through his underlines millions of innocent civilians. I love a writer who interests me and makes me want to read on. He does not list situations with boring details but explains what occurred. He is not without sympathy to the German people but he is withering in his assault on those who knowingly followed a lunatic into the most despicable government known as The Third Reich. This was my 2nd or 3rd read and I will hopefully read it again. Get ready for several weeks of reading pleasure.
  • absolute must read

    5
    By rford49
    first hand insight and accounts of hitlers inner circle, makes reader realize the paranoia etc which influenced world history as well as current geopolitical dilema
  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

    5
    By IMIcebox
    This book should be required reading in every high school in the United States. An entire semester should be devoted to understanding what happened in Nazi Germany and why. If we all had a better understanding of that then we might think twice about how we treat each other and maybe even how our own government treats us.
  • Superb!

    5
    By BENJ1969
    The definitive book on The Third Reich, Hitler and the Nazis. Nothing else comes close. Well researched. The most seemingly complicated subjects explained well and easily understood. Shirer masterfully pieces together what would otherwise seem too wide an array of material into easy to digest facts whose formation continually builds in your head into comprehensible imagery as you move through each chapter. It's a cautionary book with lessons that are never dated. One of the darkest periods in the human history is also one of the most intriguing, regardless of the evil within it. A very hard to put down book once you start it.
  • Wonderful book!

    5
    By TxMom21911
    THIS is the book to read on Nazi Germany. Shirer has first hand accounts and numerous primary sources to write his tale. Very well researched, very detailed, and very informative, I highly recommend it.
  • Great Read

    5
    By Dj A-Rock1
    Very lucid, and straightforward: letting the facts speak for itself. While also narrating it well.
  • Incredible book, a must read!

    5
    By Bread and circus
    William Shirer's style of writing is more like a novel then history book, in my head the book plays out like a movie, well cited, researched and documented. The book shows the inter-mechanics of such a purely evil empire. A must read
  • Well researched, truly epic

    3
    By Wiggen
    I was only 8 or 9 when the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was first published, but I remember the reaction it caused. Now, over 50 years later, I have finally gotten around to reading the book that had garnered so much praise from so many people. I was wowed. Shirer managed to research and document every aspect of Hitler's rise and fall, and the concurrent political machinations of both the axis and allied governments involved. It's fascinating to read about the large, headline-making events of those days, and moreso, the smaller, little-known, behind-the-scenes actions that affected the course of history. On the other hand, Shirer managed to leave out almost all of the French governments' political in-fighting during the period; this was a major oversight, I feel. This is a well-researched book, but definitely not a tue academic historian's work. Shirer's opinions do show through, and sometimes quite vividly; I can't fault him for that since he lived through the events, saw them first-hand, and has never portrayed this work as an academic piece of literature.o Other reviewers have mentioned, in particular, his opinions on gay individuals mentioned in the book. Face it; in the 1950s when this book was being written, those were the prevailing attitudes. I won't fault him for that, and I suffered through these few sections. My biggest criticism has nothing to do with the content, though, but more of the medium. Obviously, this electronic edition was scanned and released without updating to take advantage of the iBooks features. One problem is that the formatting, particularly indentation, doesn't always work. This makes it difficult to follow at times. More important, If ever a book cries out for links to and from end-notes, it is this one. All in all, an amazing book.

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