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Such epithets may offend the sensibilities of some modern day readers, but they certainly spice up the telling of what could otherwise be a boring tale.
If you don't know who these people are, download the book. Believe me, if you read it all the way through, you will become a formidable expert in Nazi trivia Because "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" was finished a mere 14 years after the fall of Nazi Germany, some facts that have come to light after its publication are necessarily missing.
The premier example of this would be the breaking of the secret Nazi military codes by the British. But writing this book in also had its advantages. Many of the participants were still alive when William Shirer was doing his research. I am but fifty yards from him and see him though my glasses as though he were directly in front of me He glances slowly around the clearing, and now, as his eyes meet ours, you grasp the depth of his hatred.
But these personal accounts only take up a very small portion of this absolutely fantastic book. Particularly well covered was Hitler's rise to power -- a story that is not often told. The Hitler that Shirer paints during these early years is a very astute political observer who shrewdly plays the German people like a violin.
He promises the people what they want, plays on their fears, and is extremely ruthless to anyone who dares to oppose him. Of course I knew the external conditions: the carving up of Germany after WWI, the political disaster that the Treaty of Versailles put into motion, the desperate economic conditions in Germany as the Depression ground what little economy it had left into grist. But this diminutive Austrian who so captured the imagination and bent the will of a once-proud nation -- how did he do it?
Why did he? And why did so many follow him into the hell of his creation? William Shirer, a longtime foreign correspondent, worked in the Third Reich from to , leaving only when it became clear he and his family were no longer safe.
He returned to Germany in to report on the Nuremberg trials. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was published in , barely a generation after the end of the war.
Because of Shirer's proximity and access to the majors players of the Third Reich and certainly because war was exploding all around him, the book has an immediacy and intimacy that sets it apart from a traditional historical examination of events.
It also contains Shirer's interpretations, suppositions and ruminations. As an American of German-Italian-Norwegian descent, I had a very hard time with Shirer's characterization of Germans as possessing a predilection for cruelty and war.
There are few nations that remain exempt from this pointed finger. But it begs the question that even Shirer could not answer: how did the atrocities of the war escape the outrage of the German people?
Shirer presents clues and circumstances which serve as a caution to us all. In West Germany, the Sonderweg interpretation was almost universally rejected in favor of the view that Nazism was simply one instance of totalitarianism that arose in various countries.
Gavriel Rosenfeld asserted in that Rise and Fall had been unanimously condemned by German historians in the s, and considered dangerous to relations between America and West Germany , as it might inflame anti-German sentiments in the United States. Klaus Epstein listed what he contended were "four major failings": Elizabeth Wiskemann concluded in a review that the book was "not sufficiently scholarly nor sufficiently well written to satisfy more academic demands It is too long and cumbersome Mr Shirer, has, however compiled a manual In the historian Richard J.
Evans , author of The Third Reich Trilogy — , conceded that Rise and Fall is a "readable general history of Nazi Germany" and that "there are good reasons for [its] success.
A film adaptation was broadcast by the U.
ABC television network in , one hour a night over three nights. The book has been reprinted many times but not updated since it was published in Current [ when? There is also an audiobook version, released in by Blackstone Audio and read by Grover Gardner.
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