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

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Grover Gardner

57 Hours 21 Minutes

Blackstone Audiobooks

July 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critical era benefits from his many years as a reporter and his own personal recollections, as well as from the mass of historical documents retrieved from the German Foreign Office.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.

'One of the most important works of history of our time.''New York Times

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  • derrick g

    Excellent. A comprehensive history of what should never be allowed to happen again.

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  • Tristram F

    Voluminous - but efficient and crisply told. Terrific history.

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  • Brad L

    A great, thorough book on the matter. Heavily leans toward political and diplomatic topics rather than war strategy. Although given Hitler's maniacal mentality maybe the one broad statement that could be said about the war is that Hitler oversaw it and the rest just obeyed orders. Undoubtedly the "generals" were very talented to have been the real draftsmen of such successful early strikes

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  • Throw Away

    An invaluable and thorough first-hand account of the Third Reich. Grocer Gardner's excellent narration makes the vast tsunami of information both listenable and digestible.

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  • Terry Rister

    Exceptional read. Just what I was looking for to round out my understanding of this period of our world history.

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  • Pete Coffee

    Outstanding, great historical book with great insight on the Third Reich.

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  • Corey Blevins

    Such a detailed, in-depth look at how the Nazis came to power and the internal machinations of the Nazi machine and its leaders. Sadly, it was filled with juvenile, sadistic men (and women) who were hyper-racists and who are responsible for more death and destruction than any group of individuals ever on the planet. It is beautifully composed and easy to follow (save a couple of uninteresting tangents), and will have you caught up on the Third Reich. Lastly, it is stunning how close the Nazi war machine came (and many times) to total European domination (including defeating Britain and Russia). Small pivot points in history, usually Hitler's boneheaded decisions, helped save us all an uncertain, likely gruesome fate.

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