The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

non-fiction by William L. Shirer


American journalist and author William L. Shirer was a correspondent for six years in Nazi Germany—and had a front-row seat for Hitler's rise to power. His most definitive work on the subject, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, is a riveting account defined by first-person experience interviewing Hitler, watching his impassioned speeches, and living in a country transformed by war and dictatorship.
William Shirer was originally commissioned to write The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler for a young adult audience. This account loses none of the immediacy of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich—capturing Hitler's rise from obscurity, the horror of Nazi Germany's mass killings, and the paranoia and insanity that marked Hitler's downfall. This book is by no means simplified—and is sure to appeal to adults as well as young people with an interest in World War II history.

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That is the state of the art book about the second world war, because it shows all the mistakes that all the germans had made, and we know about the role of the chiefs of the army and the navy and their pathetic effort to guide Hitler to their will, with nefarious results. All other narratives about de 2º WW shed their light over the Hitlre's entourage and their conspirations against each other, but the people who did the dirty job of supress freedom, decimate nations and invade territories were the 3 army grouped, like Shirer shows to us brilliantly in this book. 10/10

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An epic undertaking, essential reading for anyone looking into the events and causes of World War II. More than a little simplistic in its address of events outside of Germany, but the compelling psychological tale of the corruption of a nation more than makes up for this shortcoming.

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