With his unpleasant experience in Berlin during the years before WW2, it's understandable why Shirer is very opinionated in this book. The real amazing thing is that, even with a very subjective tone, Shirer still make it clear to the readers which parts are personal opinions and which parts are narratives supported by the documented evidence. His training and practice as a journalist definitely help in maintaining this clarity. And, this clarity, in turn, makes this book one of the few great history books not written by professional historians.
Many avid WW2 fans like myself have steeped mainly in the military history and basically understand very little on the other aspects -- especially the political one. We are satisfied with the military technologies and combat history and totally forget the teaching of Clausewitz -- "War is the continuation of policy by other means." This book offers some plausible explanation on "why" and "how", and opens our eyes to the progenitor of the WW2.
A ranking of five stars is well deserved....Continua
This is an excellent history book, covering the entire period from the early stages to the fall and aftermath of the Third Reich, with good analysis of the underlying forces at work along the way. This is something that should be read by everybody with an interest in history....Continua