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Both inside and
outside Germany, the term “Third Reich” was often used to
describe the Nazi regime in Germany from 30 January 1933 to 8 May


Here are the top 10
books on the Third Reich:

The Rise and
Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by William
L. Shirer (ISBN 0671728687)

Hitler boasted that the Third Reich would last a thousand years. It
lasted only 12. But those 12 years contained some of the most
catastrophic events that Western civilization has ever known.

No other powerful empire has ever left mountains of evidence on its
birth and destruction like the Third Reich. When the bitter war ended
and before the Nazis could destroy their archives, the allied demand
for surrender unconditionally produced a recording almost hour by
hour of the nightmare empire built by Adolf Hitler. This document
included the testimony of Nazi leaders and prisoners in concentration
camps, officers’ diaries, transcripts of secret conferences, army
orders, private letters, all the extensive documentation behind
Hitler’s drive to conquer the world.

The famous foreign correspondent and historian William L. Shirer, who
had observed and reported on the Nazis since 1925, spent five and a
half years reviewing this enormous documentation. The result is a
monumental study that has been widely recognized as the definitive
registration of one of the terrifying chapters in the history of

Read it for:
The book is an important reference for anyone interested in the

Don’t read
it for: The rise and fall were equally fascinating, but the medium
was mired in tactics, the number of dead and wounded in every single
battle. This book was huge.

It stands out
for: This world bestseller was hailed as the definitive book on Nazi
Germany; It’s a classic work.

The stories of how the United States was involved and how Hitler used
Mussolini and Japan are incredible, and war coverage – from Germany’s
early successes to its eventual defeat – is something to be read.

The Coming of
the Third Reich by Richard
J. Evans (ISBN 0143034693)

Synopsis: In
1900, Germany was the most progressive and dynamic nation in Europe,
the only country whose rapid growth and technological and social
change challenged that of the United States. Their political culture
was less authoritarian than that of Russia and less anti-Semitic
than that of France; representative institutions prospered, and
political parties and competing elections were a central part of
life. So, how can we explain the fact that in a little more than a
generation this modern and stable country would be in the hands of
an extremist, violent and racist political movement that would bring
the whole of Europe to moral, physical and cultural ruin?

There is no history in the history of the twentieth century most
important to understand, and Richard Evans wrote the definitive
account of our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of academic
work integrated with new research and important interpretations, the
story of Evans restores the drama and contingency of the rise to
power of Hitler and the Nazis, even when he shows how Germany was
prepared at the beginning of 1930 from this acquisition to occur.
With many people angry and embittered by military defeat and economic
ruin; a state undermined by a civil service, an army and a police
system deeply alienated from the democratic order introduced in 1918;
harassed by the growing extremism of voters panicked by the growing
popularity of communism; The homeland of a small but fairly
successful Jewish community subject to widespread suspicion and
resentment, Germany proved to be a fertile ground for the odious
ideology of Nazism.

Read it for:
The current survey on the gold standard. Clear and well written.
There are no new surprising ideas that are probably good.

Don’t read
it for: It’s a complicated story.

It stands out
for: The first book of what will eventually be a complete
three-volume history of Nazi Germany, the arrival of the Third Reich
is a masterpiece of the art of the historian and the book with which
everyone else on this subject will be judged.

Mein Kampf
by Adolf
Hitler (ISBN 0395083621)

Crazy, tyrant, animal: history has given many names to Adolf Hitler.
In Mein Kampf (My Struggle), often called the Nazi Bible, Hitler
describes his life, his frustrations, his ideas and his dreams. Born
of a poor couple in a small Austrian city, the young Adolfo grew up
with the fervent desire to become a painter. The death of his
parents and the total refusal of art schools in Vienna forced him to
work poorly paid as a worker. During the First World War, Hitler
served in the infantry and was decorated for his bravery. After the
war, he became actively involved with the socialist political groups
and quickly came to power, establishing himself as president of the
German Socialist National Labour Party. In 1924, Hitler led a
coalition of nationalist groups in an attempt to overthrow the
Bavarian government in Munich. The notorious coup in Munich was
unsuccessful, and Hitler was arrested. During the nine months, he
was detained, an exalted and frustrated Hitler dictated a personal
manifesto to his faithful follower Rudolph Hess. He expressed his
feelings against communism and the Jewish people in this document,
which would become Mein Kampf, the controversial book that is
considered the original project of Hitler’s political and military

Read it for:
If you think that Hitler was a great genius or sociopathic
psychopath, this book is brilliant. This is really the only way to
understand Adolf.

Don’t read
it for: Sometimes it is difficult to read, but in general, it is
very good, and it is very interesting in some places.

It stands out
for: In Mein Kampf, Hitler describes his strategy to rebuild Germany
and conquer Europe. It is a look in the mind of a man who has
destabilized peace in the world and persecuted the genocide now
known as the Holocaust. “… I believe today that my behavior
is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: in defense
of the Hebrew I defend the work of the Lord.”

The Fall of
Berlin 1945 by Antony
Beevor (ISBN 0142002801)

Synopsis: The
Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the borders of
the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors criticized the
Wehrmacht message and the brutality of the SS. The result was the
terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing
columns of refugees under their feet, mass rapes, looting, and
destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children were killed
or killed because Nazi party leaders, who refused to face defeat,
had banned the evacuation of civilians. More than seven million
escaped westwards from the terror of the Red Army.

Read it for:
The author carries out a masterful work in the reconstruction of the
experiences of the millions of people involved in the final collapse
of the Third Reich.

Don’t read
it for: Interesting but heavy.

It stands out
for: Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions
captured in the nightmare of the final collapse of the Third Reich,
telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge,
and ferocity, but also a surprising resistance, self-sacrifice and
survival against all the odds.

The End: The
Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany 1944-45 by Ian
Kershaw (ISBN 1594203148)

Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World
War II, but they paid little attention to the equally vital issue of
how and why it was able to resist until it happened. The Third Reich
did not surrender until Germany was in ruins and almost completely
occupied. Even in the last months, almost apocalyptic, when the war
was completely lost, the Nazis refused to ask for peace.
Historically, this is extremely rare.

Based on the original testimonies of the common Germans and the Nazi
arches, the historian Ian Kershaw explores this fascinating question
in an exciting and focused narrative that begins with the plot of the
failed bomb in July 1944 and ends with the German capitulation in
May. 1945. Hitler, The desperation to avoid the repetition of the
German “ignominious” surrender in 1918 was a fundamental
prerequisite for the fanatical determination of the Third Reich, but
his power remained only because those under him could not, or did not
want to, challenge him. the military situation became increasingly
desperate, the Wehrmacht generals fought, their orders were largely
obeyed, and the regime continued its relentless persecution of Jews,
prisoners, and foreign workers. In the rain of allied attacks, German
society maintained a certain appearance of normalcy in the last
months of the war. The Berlin Philharmonic even performed on April
12, 1945, less than three weeks before Hitler’s suicide.

Read it for:
These 400 pages are like a single agreement with six notes, horror,
terror, death, pain, ruin and obedience.

Don’t read
it for: You observed the absence of compassion and mercy.

It stands out
for: As Kershaw shows, the structure of Hitler’s “charismatic
government” created a strong negative nexus between him and the
Nazi leaders; they had no future without him, so their destinies
were inextricably linked. Terror also helped the Third Reich
maintain its power when the regime began to wage war not only
against its ideologically defined enemies but also against the
Germans themselves. However, even if each month brought new horrors
to civilians, popular support for the regime remained linked to the
patriotic support of Germany and the terrible fear that the enemy
would come.

Based on a new prodigious search, The End of Kershaw is an anguished
but fascinating portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate

In the Garden
of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
by Erik
Larson (ISBN 0307408841)

It’s time of 1933, the place, Berlin when William E. Dodd became
Hitler’s first US ambassador to Germany in a year that proved to be
a turning point in history.

Dodd, an educated teacher from Chicago, brings his wife, his son and
his extravagant daughter, Martha. At first, Martha is fascinated by
the parties and pump, and young men of the Third Reich with their
contagious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world
pre-eminence. In love with New Germany, he has an adventure after
another, even with the first surprisingly honorable leader of the
Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But when the evidence of Jewish persecution
increases, confirmed by the cold testimony in the first person, his
father transmits his concerns to an indifferent Department of State
in this country. Dodd observes with apprehension how the Jews are
attacked, the press is censored, and the drafts of new and terrifying
laws begin to circulate. As the first year develops and the shadows
become deeper, the Dodds days experience full of emotion, intrigue,
romance and finally the horror, when a climax of violence and murder
reveals the true nature of Hitler and his implacable ambition.

Read it for:
Erik Larson used detailed diaries of William E. Dodd and his
daughter Martha to rebuild “a year in the life” for
Americans in Berlin from 1933 to 1934.

Don’t read
it for: Journalists and tyrants are shown too briefly.

It stands out
for: Influenced by the tense atmosphere of the time, and with the
unforgettable portraits of strange Goring and the expected allure,
though completely sinister Goebbels, in the garden of the beasts
offers breath-taking perspective and eye happenings as they unfold
in real time, revealing an Age of surprising shades and complexity.
The result is dazzling work and Turner who says a lot about why the
world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler to Berlin
and Europe was inundated with blood and terror.

The Devil’s
Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle by Anthony
Read (ISBN 0393326977)

Synopsis: The
Nazi regime was essentially a religious cult that depended on the
hypnotic personality of Adolf Hitler, and was destined to die with
him. But while it lasted, its closest lieutenants competed fiercely
for power and position as its chosen successor. This peculiar
leadership dynamic has caused millions of deaths and some of the
worst excesses of the Second World War.

Read it for:
It is a true masterpiece and very informative.

Don’t read
it for: Over 900 pages should definitely not be discouraged, as it
is so vividly explained and written.

It stands out
for: Disciples of the Devil is the first major book for a general
audience to examine these lieutenants, not just as individuals but
as a group. It focuses on the three most important Nazi paladins,
Goring, Goebbels, and Himmler, with its closest rival, Bormann,
Speer and Ribbentrop, in close presence. Perceptive, enlightening
and grandly ambitious, Disciples of the devil is above all a
powerful chronological narration that shows how the personalities of
Hitler’s inner circle were developed and how the constant jealousy
and intrigue struck the regime, the war, and Hitler himself.

The Wages of
Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy by Adam
Tooze (ISBN 0670038261)

Synopsis: In
this new and innovative story, Adam Tooze provides the clearest
image to date of the Nazi war machine and its downfall. There was no
aspect of Nazi power intact from the economy, it was Hitler’s
obsession and why the Nazis came to power in the first place. The
Second World War was fought, according to Hitler, to create a
European empire strong enough to face the United States. But as The
Wages of Destruction states, Hitler’s armies have never been
powerful enough to defeat Britain or the Soviet Union, and Hitler
never had a serious plan to defeat the United States.

Read it for:
The subject is very underrated by the authors who write about the
Second World War. The reader begins to understand the importance of
military strategy and political persuasion.

Don’t read
it for: This book is hard to read, but it is worth explaining the
economic side of Hitler’s madness.

It stands out
for: The Wages of Destruction is a revealing and controversial story
that will challenge the conventional interpretations of the period
and will find enthusiastic readers among the fans of Ian Kershaw and
Richard Evans.

The Devil’s
Diary: Hitler’s High Priest and the Hunt for the Lost Papers of the
Third Reich by Robert K. Wittman, David Kinney (ISBN

This exploration of the private war diary of Alfred
Rosenberg-Hitler’s “main philosopher” and architect of
Nazi ideology intertwines the history of his recent discovery with
the revelation of its previously unpublished contents, which are
contextualized by the authors: The result is an unprecedented
narrative, which changes the page, from the Nazis to power, the
Holocaust and Hitler’s plans for the post-invasion of Russia.

A pioneering historical contribution, The Devil’s Diary is a chilling
window in the mind of Adolf Hitler’s “main social philosopher,”
Alfred Rosenberg, who formulated some of the guiding principles
behind the genocidal crusade of the Third Reich. It also recounts the
newspaper’s exciting search for detectives, which disappeared after
the Nuremberg Trials and remained lost for nearly three-quarters of a
century, until Robert Wittman, a former FBI special agent who founded
the Department’s Art Crimes Team, He traced his strange journey.

Read it for:
This was a good book, it is fast and very detailed.

Don’t read
it for: This book is for someone who likes facts and history.

It stands out
for: The authors skilfully and skillfully contextualize more than
400 pages of entries extending from 1936 to 1944, in which Hitler’s
loyal advisor recounts the internal meetings with the Further and
his close collaborators Hermann Göring and Heinrich Himmler;
describes the post-invasion occupation of the Soviet Union;
considers the “solution” to the “Jewish question”
and analyses its supervision of the massive seizure and cataloguing
of books and works of art from homes, libraries and museums of
occupied Europe. An eyewitness to the events, this narrative of
Rosenberg’s diary offers provocative and intimate reflections on
crucial moments in the war and the notorious Nazi who laid the
philosophical foundations of the Third Reich.

What We Knew:
Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany by Eric
A. Johnson (ISBN 0465085725)

Synopsis: The
horrors of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust continue to present
some of the most disturbing questions in modern history: why did
Hitler’s party attract millions of Germans and how anti-Semitism was
rooted among the population? How could one expect, after the war,
that the genocide of the European Jews was a secret? Did ordinary
non-Jewish Germans live in fear of the Nazi state?

Read it for:
This is a fascinating non-fiction work.

Don’t read
it for: This is a difficult book to read.

It stands out
for: In this unprecedented first-hand analysis of everyday life in
the Third Reich, What We Knew offers answers to these most important
questions. Combining the experience of Eric A. Johnson, an American
historian, and Karl-Heinz Reuband, a German sociologist, What We
Knew is the most extraordinary oral history of everyday life in the
Third Reich.

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