The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Streaming Audiobook - 2010
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Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer's monumental study of Hitler's German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the twentieth century's blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. Shirer's unforgettable account of the pivotal characters and events of that critical era benefits from his many years as a reporter and his own personal recollections, as well as from the mass of historical documents retrieved from the German Foreign Office. The result is a brutally objective account of how Hitler wrested political control of Germany and managed to take the country with him on his mad six-year quest for world domination, only to see it go down in flames in the end.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781441734235
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (57hr., 12 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Gardner, Grover
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Aug 17, 2017

William Shirer's panoramic and sardonic classic. Grover Gardner is like a dry, droll grandfather, telling a bedtime story to the 21st century. You may start sleeping with the lights on.

Dec 09, 2014

Well written, well researched. The author was an American journalist stationed in Europe in the 30's and 40's so he has first hand knowledge of all the German players and has an engaging narrative style. Really, really long but well worth it.

Apr 26, 2014

Well told. Europe in the first half of the 20th century, as described by an intimate observer of the bizarre events in Germany. In story form, with well-informed independent analysis. An enlightening view of the various political and rhetorical trickery Hitler used to gain power, and then use his ill-gotten power to initiate WW II. The audio reading is excellent, and includes critical-to-the-story footnote references. At 46 audio CD's, a long listen. The sequence of story segments are mostly independent, so the listener can make their way through this tome at whatever pace they like without loss of continuity. Highly recommended.


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