The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
A History of Nazi GermanyBook - 2011
Chronicles the Nazi's rise to power, conquest of Europe, and dramatic defeat at the hands of the Allies.
Simon and Schuster
The fiftieth anniversary edition of the National Book Award–winning bestseller that is the definitive study of Adolf Hitler, the rise of Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and World War II. This special edition now features a new introduction by Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins.
No other powerful empire ever bequeathed such mountains of evidence about its birth and destruction as the Third Reich. When the bitter war was over, and before the Nazis could destroy their files, the Allied demand for unconditional surrender produced an almost hour-by-hour record of the nightmare empire built by Adolph Hitler. This record included the testimony of Nazi leaders and of concentration camp inmates, the diaries of officials, transcripts of secret conferences, army orders, private letters—all the vast paperwork behind Hitler's drive to conquer the world.
The famed foreign correspondent and historian William L. Shirer, who had watched and reported on the Nazis since 1925, spent five and a half years sifting through this massive documentation. The result is a monumental study that has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of one of the most frightening chapters in the history of mankind.
Here is the complete story of Hitler's empire, one of the most important stories ever told, written by one of the men best equipped to write it.
This worldwide bestseller has been acclaimed as the definitive book on Nazi Germany; it is a classic work.
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“’Half of my nervous exhaustion is due to you. It is not worth it to go on. We need a National Socialist ardor now, not professional ability. I cannot expect this of an officer of the old school such as you.’” -- Hitler to General Halder (p. 201)
“’pathological over-estimation of his own strength and criminal underestimation of the enemy’s’” --General Halder writing about Hitler (p. 201)
“Hitler’s decisions had ceased to have anything in common with the principles of strategy and operations as they have been recognized for generations past. They were the product of a violent nature following its momentary impulses, which recognized no limits to possibility and which made its wish-dreams the father of its acts …” –from General Halder’s diary (p. 201)
“’The continual underestimation of enemy possibilities,’ Halder noted sadly in his diary that evening, ‘takes on grotesque forms and is becoming dangerous. Serious work has become impossible here. Pathological reaction to momentary impressions and a complete lack of capacity to assess the situation and its possibilities give this so-called ‘leadership’ a most peculiar character.’” --General Franz Halder, one of Hitler's generals during WWII (p. 201)
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