Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1949 [NOOK Book]

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A radio broadcaster and journalist for Edward R. Murrow at CBS, William Shirer was new to the world of broadcast journalism when he began keeping a diary while in Europe during the 1930s. It was in 1940, still a virtual unknown, that Shirer wondered whether his reminiscences of the collapse of the world around Nazi Germany could be of any interest or value as a book.

Shirer's Berlin Diary, which is considered the first full record of what was ...
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Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1949

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Overview

A radio broadcaster and journalist for Edward R. Murrow at CBS, William Shirer was new to the world of broadcast journalism when he began keeping a diary while in Europe during the 1930s. It was in 1940, still a virtual unknown, that Shirer wondered whether his reminiscences of the collapse of the world around Nazi Germany could be of any interest or value as a book.

Shirer's Berlin Diary, which is considered the first full record of what was happening in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich, first appeared in 1941. The book was an instant success. But how did Shirer get such a valuable firsthand account? He had anonymous sources willing to speak with him, provided their identity remained protected and disguised so as to avoid retaliation from the Gestapo. Shirer recorded his and others' eyewitness views to the horror that Hitler was inflicting on his people in his effort to conquer Europe. Shirer continued his job as a foreign correspondent and radio reporter for CBS until Nazi press censors made it virtually impossible for him to do his job with any real accuracy. He left Europe, taking with him the invaluable, unforgettable (and horrific) contents of his Berlin Diary.

Berlin Diary brings the reader as close as any reporter has ever been to Hitler and the rise of the Third Reich. Shirer's honest, lucid and passionate reporting of the brutality with which Hitler came to power and the immediate reactions of those who witnessed these events is for all time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013238596
  • Publisher: RosettaBooks
  • Publication date: 8/23/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 112,307
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2007

    First-Hand Account

    This is a personal description, written by a caring, sensitive man, of the growing horror that was Nazism.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    Good WW2 Book

    This is a pretty good book. It gives a nincite into Nazi Germany during WW2 but before the US entered the war. I would recomend for all historians to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    Shirer gives the reader important insights to the Nazi crimes against humanity.

    This is a perfect companion to Shirer's famous "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich". It's a personal exposition of a professional sensitive man during the sickest national disease that any nation ever inflicted on the whole world. Readers need to keep the knowledge of the foul and disgusting behavior of an insane leader and his adoring followers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Great book

    An outstanding diary from a mam who was there. If you like WWII history, you will enjoy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Highly recommended

    as a somewhat historical buff on WWII, I love this book. So many little tid bits that show how nasty and cunning the krauts were. Worth reading today for a good look at the past.

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