The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
by William L. Shirer
1960 / 1280 pages
narrated by Grover Garner – 57h 13m

This is a comprehensive but perhaps not “definitive” study of the Nazi regime under Hitler.   It’s quite readable and although really long,  very rarely got boring.  It won the National Book Award and was unexpectedly a top seller.   Shirer based much of this book on documents which had been released only a bit prior to his starting his research.   He also worked as a journalist in Germany between 1934 and 1940.

One issue which crept in from time to time was the idea that Hitler was a natural product of the German mentality.  This idea has little or no acceptance today although it was quite popular during WWII and for a couple decades later.


3 Responses to The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  1. I started reading this once when I was a babysitter … read a bit each time I went to that house. I always wanted to finish it but never have. I agree that despite its length it’s very readable.

    I didn’t read enough get that issue re his being a natural product of the German mentality. Wow! You wouldn’t want to take that to its logical conclusion!

    BTW If you add a Subscribe by Email box in your sidebar, I’ll subscribe. I don’t do Google Reader!!


  2. First, thank you about the follow by e-mail thing. I searched around a bit and added it. 🙂

    And yes, that kind of thinking, which we now view as rather racist, was still pretty common back in 1960 when the book was published. You might not have even noticed back then. It was scattered through the book but more toward the end.


  3. Well done … I have now subscribed by email.

    Ah, if it was mostly near the end I wouldn’t have got to it .. and I was fairly young (maybe 16 or so) when I was reading it so I may not have noticed if I had got to it.


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