The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich By William L. Shirer


A comprehensive account of Nazi Germany’s birth and eventual death, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is written by CBS radio reporter William L. Shirer—based on many of his own eyewitness observations during his time reporting from behind enemy lines in Germany. Winner of the National Book Award, this is a work of great historical significance—and the ideal complement to the study of World War II.


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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