The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Hitler boasted that The Third Reich would last a thousand years. It lasted only 12. But those 12 years contained some of the most catastrophic events Western civilization has ever known. In The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer gave us the definitive book on Hitler's German Empire. Based on his personal experiences as a war correspondent as well as the voluminous documents that came out of Germany after the war, this thrilling a...

Details The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

TitleThe Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Release DateNov 15th, 1990
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Number of pages1,614 pages
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, World War II, Cultural, Germany

Reviews The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • Wyatt Nordstrom
    Well, I did it. After two years, I have finally finished this beast. The first 600 or so pages are pretty slow, but it flies after that...We all know the story- a misanthropic, racist, vegetarian, megalomaniac failed artist writes a book that taps into age-old German prejudices, seizes power, and embarks on a quest for European domination. In the process he starts the biggest war in history leading to the deaths of tens of millions of people, sub...
  • Lyn
    Darkness. You boil this book down, strip it to the foundations, and what the reader finds is darkness of the human soul. Bred in the alleyways and gutters of Vienna before the first World War, this was the angry and hateful opposite of God’s shining light, the ancient shadows that live in the basement of our souls, given life and expression on the palette of a failed artist. Shirer’s scholarly, exhaustive masterpiece paints the portrait of th...
  • Julie
    Three years ago I implemented a personal tradition: to read a "Monster Classic" each year. This is my term, referring to a piece of writing that is great in reputation and girth. The how and when of it is to begin the Monster mid-summer and read it in fits and starts over the course of several months, with a goal of finishing before the end of the year. The why of it isn't so simple. Most avid readers I know have daunting lists of books they want...
  • Erik Graff
    This was the first, really serious grownup book I ever read.My sole brother being almost eight years younger and no cousins being in the States, I was virtually an only child, condemned to the weekly dinner parties of my parents and paternal grandparents and their friends, most of them held elsewhere than our own home. At one particularly excruciatingly boring party held at Great Aunt Synnove's I was scanning the magazines and bookshelves for som...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    I went into this believing I had a well-grounded understanding of Prussian history and a basis of the Hitler regime. Ummm this book is everything I don't know.I feel way over my head. There are so many layers to peel like some history-containing onion. Shirer wrote an entire college course worth of information. I regret that I will not retain it all. An impressive collection of memories and experience, we should feel so privileged to have this th...
  • Joseph
    Listened to as an Audible audiobook.A very detailed history of the entity of the Third Reich. It is not a biography of Hitler or a war history, but a comprehensive study of the entire organization. Shirer was witness to many events as a reporter and uses original source material. The resistance to the Third Reich is also covered in great detail along with the many deeply disturbing aspects of the concentration camps. A definitive history of on of...
  • Esdaile
    I have a very strong feeling of enthusiasm and at the same time of aversion for this book, which I read when I was 16. William Shirer wrote a no-holes barred account of the rise of Adolf Hitler from the perspective of a fanatical (in the full sense of the word) opponent of everything Hitler stood for. Shirer was also a journalist writing as though he were a historian, so his writing reads easily and persuasively but is not necessarily a font of h...
  • Trevor
    The detail with which this book deals with the Third Reich and the unspeakable evil that was Hitler's Germany is almost too much to take. Some of the discriptions, particularly towards the end of 'medical' experimentation, are simply too shocking and too challenging to read in one sitting. If you need to be reminded of just how evil the bastards in charge of Germany in the 30s and 40s really were then this is the book you need to read. Like I sai...
  • Zachariah
    Excellent.The book is really long and goes into a lot of details, but that shouldn't be held against it. It seems like general knowledge about this subject is kept to the antisemitic atrocities, and stories tend to focus on concentration camps, military conflict, or underground movements and hiding. This leaves the Nazis as just some mystical thing that happened once upon a time. If there is any contextual knowledge known it is probably just reme...
  • Todd N
    This book was a Christmas present from a friend, though I also bought a copy on the Kindle so that I could read it outside of my house without having to lug around a brick-like book with swastikas on it. The Kindle version is especially handy if you are not quite at the bring-Nazi-related-stuff-to-the-office stage at your job yet. (The down side of the Kindle version is that the it is horrible at handling footnotes, and this book has many that ar...
  • Michael
    I actually do hate this book, which would earn it 1 star according to goodreads' rating system, but my personal ethics prevent me from going quite so far. The reason I hate it, really, is because it remains wildly popular (you can find it in pretty much any bookstore that has any non-fiction in English at all), in spite of the fact that literally mountains of far better works on the subject have been written. When I come back and look at it objec...
  • Fortunr
    This is a classic. A very detailed, almost day-by-day account of this momentous period of World history. Relevant primary sources, including documents used in Nuremberg, are persuasively referenced throughout the account. The book is an important reference to whoever is interested in the period; however there are a few issues with it: - you can see that the author was a journalist writing as though he were a historian. On the positive side, this ...
  • Kate
    Everyone has that holy grail of a book. Some people work like dogs to finish books by the great Russian literary masters; others tough it out through the oeuvre of Steinbeck. They may not enjoy it, but, by G-d, you are not a real reader until you slam that back cover onto that tome of pain and frustration.I finally finished my grail: the 1500+ page The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. I labored for two months, reading mostly...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, William L. Shirer عنوانها: ظهور و سقوط آدولف هیتلر؛ جهان پرفراز و نشیب آدولف هیتلرعنوان: گردونه تاریخ جلد 39 : ظهور و سقوط آدولف هیتلر؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شایرر؛ مترجم: کاوه دهگان؛ تهران، فرانکلین، 1341؛ در 182 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران،...
  • محمد على عطية
    يعد هذا الكتاب من أقدم و أشهر الكتب التي تناولت تاريخ الرايخ الثالث، فقد صدرت طبعته الأولى في عام 1950، و هذا ما أدى لكاتبه أن يتناول في مقدمه إشكالية الكتابة التاريخية و الفترة التي يجب أن تفصل بين الحقبة الزمنية المراد الكتابة عنها و بينزمن الكتابة...
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    The rise and fall were equally fascinating but the middle got bogged down in tactics - the number killed and wounded in every single individual battle. This book was huge. YUGE!My soundtrack for the book stands at Slayer's Behind the Crooked Cross. This was tragic on so many levels but it kept coming back to the Germans who were forced to fight and die for a cause they neither supported nor believed in. The chronology was consistently heartbreaki...
  • Nick (Book-Absorbed Reviews)
    Three historical periods always have fascinated me and I usually will read anything published with regard to them. The first is The American Revolution, the second is The Civil War and the third is Nazi Germany/WWII. William Shirer has penned the definitive account of this horrendous time in world history and I believe it is the most comprehensive and compelling telling ever published. I did read Richard Evans' trilogy but I still view Shirer's b...
  • Taylor
    My first thought at the book's end was, "I finished it!" My second thought was, "I'm not so sure I'm glad I read this." As the saying goes, ignorance is bliss. My summer spent reading this book held a dark cloud over me, which has yet to be lifted. I've spent many evenings in tears over the utter cruelty of the Third Reich.Shirer, a noted journalist, makes it clear he is not a historian. However, the scope of information he covers and use of prim...
  • Bettie☯
    [image error]No matter how many times I encounter Hitler's ascendency, I still cannot help but ask - 'how could it have happened'. These events, regardless of which author you prefer to tell them, are the scariest of Hallowe'en fodder. Taking a break now for some fun, the first of 7 x 8 hour audio tracks is enough for one go."Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George SantayanaTaken a year of dipping in and out but no...
  • Mikey B.
    I had read this book about thirty-five years ago. Since then I have gone through several books on World War II – Churchill’s great memoirs volumes, Toland and Fest biographies of Hitler, books on the Nuremberg trials…So I thought that Shirer’s book would be a simple re-hash – it wasn’t.If I were to be asked to recommend only one book on Nazi Germany this would be it. I was also very moved by the elegance of Shirer’s writing. His pro...
  • John Vibber
    Is it metaphorically possible for a society to die of cancer? Can a mad man be so charismatic a genius that his personal malignancy becomes common belief? What fiendish ideas and values could drive such a development?If you know about WWII, but wonder about the source of its madness, this is the book to read. It will give you the characters and events which are almost unbelievable in their deception and depravity.This is the definitive history th...
  • Dale
    This is a nearly impossible to read book but due entirely to the depth of detail that Shirer covers. The information contained in this book is truly staggering, and he does an incredible job of "condensing" it into less than 1000 pages.If you are interested in history, specifically the 2nd world war, this is a must read.Be prepared though, reading this book is an undertaking. The sheer magnitude of the job he set out to do, detailing every aspect...
  • Nilesh Rathod
    History is written by the victors. This humongous volume of historical treasure oodles out time and again with the sense of this understanding in how the author tries to influence the interpretation of the facts of the narrative, which otherwise are largely drawn from documented evidence and testimonies of those who survived to live the story. That in my opinion is the only negative one can draw from this book. On dwelling further as to why the a...
  • Jeremy
    In spite of its flaws, this book has one major advantage that almost every subsequent book about Nazi Germany lacks: Shirer was actually there reporting on it as it happened. He saw the ascent of the totalitarian regime and the man who built it with his own eyes, not as part of some forgone historical event, but as something that developed and destroyed with incredible speed. The inception of the Nazi state and the world war it caused with Hitler...
  • Christian
    In many ways this was not an easy read, it took me months and I had to step away from it multiple times. In other ways it was an easy read, because Shirer is a fantastic journalist who can, seemingly effortlessly, transform tons of historical documents into a gripping, fast-paced story about a twisted, charismatic politician and the nation which, out of greed and willful ignorance, allowed him to lead them down a dark path that still today covers...
  • Erik
    This book is the first real attempt at a history of Nazi Germany. As such, it is a product of its times. The book offers an incredibly detailed look at the Third Reich impossible to find in any other work, and thus rightly stands as the definitive work on the subject. On the other hand, the author is so heavily invested in making sure that no one ever develops any sort of respect for his subjects that he paints them in an almost comically unfavor...
  • Feliks
    Deserves every bit of stature it has earned over the years. A mammoth work; authentic; robust. Shirer was one of "Murrow's boys" and did a great job. Should be read by every citizen concerned with history, power, culture, and corruption. Should be read by any internet wag who wants to refer to Nazism and Hitler in their various jeers and jibes. Don't even talk about the Third Reich until you can tackle a book like this...
  • Mary
    The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich describes very concisely the Nazi rise to power, their military aggression, and how frighteningly close they came to winning the war. William Shirer was a correspondent in Berlin during this era and his own experiences lace the book with invaluable insights. Painstaking research went into the writing of this book. Much of the information comes from documents recovered by the Allies after the fall of the Reich....
  • Arpitha
    How does one explain or begin to understand the hypnotic power Hitler had over the people? This book not only reveals details of terror unleashed by Hitler & the Nazis, but that for all his intuition & lust for absolute power, he declared "We will always strike first. We will always deal the first blow!" & he did, but was somehow propelled in his barbaric mission by the initial complacent, cautious & back step approach of countries like England &...