William L. Shirer Twentieth Century Journey By William L. Shirer


In this three-volume series, prominent journalist, historian, and author William Shirer tells the story of his life. From his origins in Cedar Rapids to his last decades, Shirer paints a surprisingly intimate portrait—and an honest one, refusing to flinch from the personal failures and challenges he experienced alongside his greatest successes.


William L. Shirer

William Shirer 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, accounting 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 has seen millions of copies in print and is considered a seminal work on the Nazi party and the war, as well as his book Berlin Diary.

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