Berlin Diary By William L. Shirer


Berlin Diary is a gripping eyewitness account of the rise of the Third Reich, as told by American journalist William L. Shirer—a CBS radio reporter covering Germany. A fascinating personal account of the terrifying rise of the Nazi war machine, this book brings World War II history to life.


William L. Shirer

William Shirer (1904-1993) was originally a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and was the first journalist hired by Edward R. Murrow for what would become a team of journalists for CBS radio. Shirer distinguished himself and quickly became known for his broadcasts from Berlin during the rise of the Nazi dictatorship through the first year of World War II. Shirer was the first of "Edward R. Murrow’s Boys" - broadcast journalists - who provided news coverage during World War II and afterward. It was Shirer who broadcast the first uncensored eyewitness account of the annexation of Austria. Shirer is best known for his books The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich which won the National Book Award and Berlin Diary.

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