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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich"


This book is written by William Shirer.

He's an excellent author. The book itself is kind of long (as in 1000+) pages but contains an amazing amount of detail.

You'll learn about Adolf Hitler's background and everything that goes on in World War II.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 07:42 PM   #2

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I have a 1967 paperback copy of that book.
It is as you wrote, a whopper to read.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Nice! It is a whopper to read - just about as informative as the whopper is delicious.
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Nice! It is a whopper to read - just about as informative as the whopper is delicious.
I've only thumbed through it, not ever finishing one chapter, but
you're right, from what I've read, it is chockablock full of information
and well written. WWII is not my field really, but I saw the book, and it
was free, so I picked it up.
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I'm still excited about the fact that you have a copy from 1967

What I enjoy is the fact that there's so much detail but not so much that it gets boring.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 08:03 PM   #6
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I have 'something like this' in form of the magazines in series. Much better read than a big fat 1000 page book.
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brilliant author, his books are fantastically written
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Received a copy from my in-laws-to-be for a graduation present from college in 1961 and have it to this day. Also have other Shirer books in my collection; all of them I consider very useful.

A juicy tidbit from "Rise and Fall: Hiter was born a bastard son of mother named Schicelgruber (sp?) but later took his father's name Hitler.

Can you imagine Nazi's shouting: "Heil Schicelgruber!"

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It's a classic on Nazi Germany and their part in WW2. I also reccommend Albert Speer's memoirs to follow up.
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It's a classic on Nazi Germany and their part in WW2. I also reccommend Albert Speer's memoirs to follow up.
Me too..

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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