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release date: Oct 11, 2011
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
Hailed as “one of the most important works of history of our time” (The New York Times), this definitive chronicle of Hitler’s rise to power is back in hardcover with a new introductory essay by Ron Rosenbaum (Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins) commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of its National Book Award win.

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.
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release date: Apr 17, 2002
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Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941

By the acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day, eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is now available in a new paperback edition.

CBS radio broadcaster William L. Shirer was virtually unknown in 1940 when he decided there might be a book in the diary he had kept in Europe during the 1930s―specifically those sections dealing with the collapse of the European democracies and the rise of Nazi Germany.

Berlin Diary first appeared in 1941, and the timing was perfect. The energy, the passion, the electricity in it were palpable. The book was an instant success, and it became the frame of reference against which thoughtful Americans judged the rush of events in Europe. It exactly matched journalist to event: the right reporter at the right place at the right time. It stood, and still stands, as so few books have ever done―a pure act of journalistic witness.

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Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940
On June 17, 1940 William L. Shirer stood in the streets of Paris and watched the unending flow of gray German uniforms along its boulevards. In just six lovely weeks in the spring and summer of 1940 a single battle brought down in total military defeat one of the world's oldest, greatest, and most civilized powers—the second mightiest empire on earth and the possessor of one of the finest military machines ever assembled. How did it happen? After nearly a decade of research in the massive archives left from World War II and after hundreds of conversations with the Third Republic's leaders, generals, diplomats, and ordinary citizens, Shirer presents the definitive answer in his stunning re-creation of why and how France fell before Hitler's armies in 1940. His book is also a devastating examination of the confusion, corruption, and cynicism that drained the strength and toughness of a democracy which Thomas Jefferson once called "every man's second country." This book complements and completes the dramatic story of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and continues to rank as one of the most important works of history of our time.
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release date: Dec 30, 1983
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The Second World War (Chartwell Edition, 6 Volume Set)
Discusses the history of the post-World War II arms race and the arguments for and against the further development and stockpiling of nuclear weapons.
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release date: Mar 18, 2020
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The NIGHTMARE YEARS. 1930 - 1940. 20th CENTURY JOURNEY. A Memoir of a Life and the Times. Volume II.
William L. Shirer was a journalist who was always at the right place at the right time. He spoke fluent German. In this second volume of his memoirs, the prize-winning author provides an eyewitness and intensely personal vision of the crucible out of which the Nazi monster appeared.
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release date: Mar 18, 2020
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release date: Aug 01, 1990
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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
More than three hundred photographs accompany this abridged edition of the best-selling history of Hitler's Germany, detailing the rise of the Nazis, the events of World War II, the Holocaust, the Nuremberg Trials, and postwar Germany.
release date: Mar 18, 2020
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release date: Apr 01, 1984
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The Nightmare Years: 1930-1940, Vol. 2
As European correspondent for a number of American newspapers during the 1930s, William L. Shirer witnessed at first hand many of the pivotal events in the buildup to World War II. At the Nuremberg rallies, when Hitler roared through the streets celebrating his newly-won domination of Germany, Shirer was there. In Munich, as Chamberlain abandoned the Czechs, Shirer was there. In Vienna during the night of the Anschluss, in Berlin, when Hitler loosed his Blitzkrieg on Poland and began the war, Shirer was there. Through articles, broadcasts and translations of Hitler's speeches, Shirer tirelessly tried to warn the world of the terrible evil that was growing in Germany. The Nightmare Years, a No. I bestseller when first published in America in 1984, is not only the fascinating eyewitness account of this cataclysmic decade, but also the more personal story of a young American caught in tense and desperate times, struggling to survive and provide a life for himself and his family as the world lurched inexorably towards war.



'More than any conventional history book, Shirer's memoirs let a reader relive history' -People

'A superb journalist. ..Shirer was close enough to Hitler to feel the Nazi leader's messianic personal force. ..An unusually fine book' -Time

'No one ever did more to explain the rise of the Nazis'
-Barbara Tuchman

'An outstanding achievement of journalistic history; indeed it is the best kind of accurate and absorbing history' -Washington Post
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release date: Aug 28, 2006
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The Sinking of the Bismarck: The Deadly Hunt
The Bismark was the greatest warship ever built, with guns so powerful and accurate it could destroy an enemy ship while safely staying outside the line of fire. But the Allies had to sink it…or risk losing the war. William Shirer, famed World War II correspondent and author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, captures every suspenseful moment of the perilous mission. Most tragic of all was the loss of the HMS Hood, the British Navy’s star battleship, sunk by the Bismark in just minutes. However, a mixture of luck and new technology—including radar—turned the tide in the Allies’ favor.
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