- Taschenbuch: 1280 Seiten
- Verlag: Simon & Schuster; Auflage: Reissue (11. Oktober 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1451651686
- ISBN-13: 978-1451651683
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,5 x 5,8 x 23,5 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 45 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 281.690 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Orville Prescott "The New York Times" One of the most important works of history of our time.
Theodore H. White A monumental work, a grisly and thrilling story.
John Gunther One of the most spectacular stories ever told.
Hugh Trevor-Roper "The New York Times Book Review" A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions.
"One of the most important works of history of our time." -Orville Prescott "The New York Times"
"A monumental work, a grisly and thrilling story." --Theodore H. White
""The New York Times Book Review" A splendid work of scholarship, objective in method, sound in judgment, inescapable in its conclusions." --Hugh Trevor-Roper
"One of the most spectacular stories ever told." -John Gunther
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Ron Rosenbaum is the bestselling author of Explaining Hitler and The Shakespeare Wars and has written or edited six other books. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker. He writes a column for Slate and lives in New York City.
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A democratic government is formed after suffering defeat in a long and costly war against the western nations of the world. Soon the country begins to experience the collapse of its new government amid economic uncertainty, currency devaluation, mistrust of the banking system, food shortages, and difficulty in maintaining ruling coalitions within its government. Germany and it's Weimar Republic experienced all of the above after World War I and before Hilter and his Nazi cronies came into power. But is history repeating itself with the democratic efforts of modern day Russia? Understanding this period of history and why the Weimar Republic failed may be the key to avoiding a repeat of history with the Russian democratic efforts or any other nation that pursues democratic reform after a long history of oppression.
William Shirer, a journalist by trade, presents the history of the Nazification of Germany and its subsequent destruction in the who, what, when, where, why and how format of a true reporter. Relying on the tremendous store of Nazi documents recovered by the allied liberators of Europe, Shirer recreates the "GENISIS" of Hitler and the Nazi's rise to power. Their subsequent corruption and ultimate destruction of Germany's great institutions, including the education system, the medical and scientific community, the arts, and finally its vaunted military tradition, should have been a warning to the world. Instead, in the "NAME OF PEACE IN OUR TIME" the world stood by and watched until it was to late to stop the madness.
I recommend that this book be used as the basis of any study on the history of WWII. Especially for those who wish to understand how this could happen to such a great nation and how we can prevent this from ever happening again.
I have read a great deal more history since then, and have read many books on military tactics and strategy from ancient times to the present, but I have never read a better portrait of a world gone crazy. Military strategists can only tell you how. This book tells you why by someone who was there when it happened.
Obviously there have been further revelations since this book was published in 1960 based on declassified and more recently translated documents, but this book stands the test of time in that such revelations supplement but do not undermine its veracity.
This book should be read to counterbalance all the misinformation that now envelops the Third Reich. While the politically correct spin often claims that Christianity is responsible for massacre of the Jews-the National Holocaust Museum in Washington DC is founded on such fatuity--this book details Hitler's hatred and oppression of Catholics and Protestants. He imprisoned thousands of priests, nuns, and ministers in Germany and warned that he would exterminate all clerics in Poland who failed to preach his message. Shortly after seizing power he ordered all churches to replace the crucifix with a swastika and to substitute Mein Kampf for the Bible-not exactly what the radical liberal left likes to teach about this evil dictator, who in reality despised Christianity as much as he abhorred Judaism. Pope Pius who today is regularly singled out as being insensitive to nazi atrocities is evidenced to have been one of the few vociferous voices who repeatedly denounced nazism from its earliest days.
Another current myth debunked is the nazis' systematic annihilation of homosexuals. The book documents that many of the founders of nazism were in fact homosexuals themselves. When innocent homosexuals were brutally murdered it was during Hitler's purges of party members who had aroused his suspicions. Often these targeted gay advisers were caught in the company of innocent young men who were killed along with their nazi lovers. Even Hitler's questionable sexual preference is alluded to in this voluminous narrative.
The most shocking aspect of the book is its portrayal of Hitler's incredible ability to manipulate. He did not gain his power by force or treachery-rather he was one of the most skillful politicians in history. When he gave a speech, he could feel the German people's pain. He promised a brighter future for the all the citizens, and skillfully avoided discussing his fanatical plans in his campaign stemwinders. As a politician he accomplished a great deal. He gave Germany a booming economy, low unemployment rates, and his approval ratings were high right up until the end. Obviously, he failed in providing moral leadership, but The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich does a remarkable job of detailing how the one of the most evil people in history was able to assume and maintain so much power for so long. It should serve as a warning for all generations to come.
At 1500+ pages, it is an endeavor, but it's a story that must be told and more importantly it must be ACCURATELY told. Far too many innocent lives were wiped out by the depravity of nazism to let the story be doctored to suit the purposes of special interest groups. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is that rare work that truly dissects a historical period in a very readable fashion.
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