The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer

14 Feb

“It is one of the great examples,” as Friedrich Meinecke, the eminent German historian, said, “of the singular and incalculable power of personality in historical life.”

To some Germans, and, no doubt, to most foreigners it appeared that a charlatan had come to power in Berlin.

30 January, 1933


Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Books, Quotes


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2 responses to “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William Shirer

  1. davidabruderlin

    March 15, 2013 at 09:07

    For me….one of the great authors/works of non-fiction of the 20th Century. The prose of an experienced newspaperman, Shirer had the ability to take the reader there -an immediacy, urgency and passion that is lacking from so much non-fiction. Even though he was born in 1904, he had a very modern way of writing in my opinion.

    • Costas Taliadoros

      March 15, 2013 at 14:23

      I agree. His writing feels much more contemporary and accessible than others. My only grievance is that he could have written a much shorter book and still be excellent as a lot of the information is just not that memorable. Excellent read overall so far though.


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