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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - A History of Nazi Germany

William L SHIRER

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ISBN 10: 0436460009 / ISBN 13: 9780436460005
Editore: Secker & Warburg, London
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Contents include the following Headings (split into separate sections) Book One: The Rise of Adolf Hitler. Book Two: Triumph and Consolidation. Book Three: The Road to War. Book Four: War; Early Victories and The Turning Point. Book Five: Beginning of the End. Book Six; The Fall of the Third Reich, Notes, Acknowledgements, Bibliography, Index. Red cloth hardback with gilt lettering on spine, creases down spine. Sunned endpapers. foxing on occasional pageas at front of book and on page edges otherwise clean tight copy in good condition, 1245pp. Illustrated Dust Jacket (by Desmond Skirrow), small tears on edges, marks on the jacket, price clipped. Undated copyright dated 1959, 1960 by the Author, acceptable condition. Published by Secker & Warburg. Heavy book will incur additional postage outside the U.K only Book#100461 Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice inventario libreria 100461

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Titolo: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich - A ...

Casa editrice: Secker & Warburg, London

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Hailed as “one of the most important works of history of our time” (The New York Times), this definitive chronicle of Hitler’s rise to power is back in hardcover with a new introductory essay by Ron Rosenbaum (Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins) commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of its National Book Award win.

The fiftieth anniversary edition of the National Book Award–winning bestseller that is the definitive study of Adolf Hitler, the rise of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and World War II. This special edition now features a new introduction by Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins.

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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

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