Originally Posted by Space Shark
It's a classic on Nazi Germany and their part in WW2. I also reccommend Albert Speer's memoirs to follow up.
I regard Rise and fall almost as a reference volume. I tried to plow through it at age 12 when it first came out.
I had more success with William Shire's "Berlin Diary"
Much easier to read it presents a day by day chronology of the rise of Hitler and the beginning of the European war. Written in Berlin from 1934 to December of 1941 when as an American, he had to get out. He was hired by Edward R Murrow to work as a CBS new journalist.
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