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Reader ratings: 7.8
The author of the book: William L. Shirer
Edition: Bonanza Books
Date of issue: December 5th 1984
ISBN 13: 9780517446355
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.51 MB
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This book, a diary written by William L. Shirer (who later wrote “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”), takes you into Europe of the 1930s (more precisely, the time span from 1934 to 1941) and tells you about the day-to-day life of a foreign correspondent stationed in Berlin. Shirer’s diary is also a first-hand report of how Hitler and his henchmen kept deceiving the German public with propaganda and outright lies, this being simplified by having full control over the press, which also required foreign correspondents to have their reports censored before submitting or broadcasting.
This is not history in retrospect. This is ugly history in the making.
There is actually not much I could say about the book that other reviewers haven’t already said.
I would like to point out, however, that what Shirer considered to be the psyche of “the regular German” was actually the psyche of “the regular Nazi”. It might not have occurred to Shirer that the only Germans who freely offered him their opinions were Nazis. Non-Nazis would have known better than to utter any critic of Hitler or Nazi ideology to anyone but close non-Nazi relatives and friends. If reported, they would have been arrested by the Gestapo and would have landed in front of the kangaroo court, called “Volksgericht”, or they would, at least, have been shipped to the nearest concentration camp.
The book could have used a bit more editing. However, given its invaluable content, I consider such flaw insignificant. I rate this book 4 1/2 stars and round up to 5.
If you are the least bit interested in the reality of the Third Reich and how everything came to be, READ THIS BOOK!
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Read information about the authorWilliam Lawrence Shirer was an American journalist and historian. He became known for his broadcasts on CBS from the German capital of Berlin through the first year of World War II.
Shirer first became famous through his account of those years in his Berlin Diary (published in 1941), but his greatest achievement was his 1960 book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, originally published by Simon & Schuster. This book of well over 1000 pages is still in print, and is a detailed examination of the Third Reich filled with historical information from German archives captured at the end of the war, along with impressions Shirer gained during his days as a correspondent in Berlin. Later, in 1969, his work The Collapse of the Third Republic drew on his experience spent living and working in France from 1925 to 1933. This work is filled with historical information about the Battle of France from the secret orders and reports of the French High Command and of the commanding generals of the field. Shirer also used the memoirs, journals, and diaries of the prominent British, Italian, Spanish, and French figures in government, Parliament, the Army, and diplomacy.
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