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Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941

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Overview

By the acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day, eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is now available in a new paperback edition.

CBS radio broadcaster William L. Shirer was virtually unknown in 1940 when he decided there might be a book in the diary he had kept in Europe during the 1930s—specifically those sections dealing with the collapse of the European democracies and the rise of Nazi Germany.

Berlin Diary first appeared in 1941, and the timing was perfect. The energy, the passion, the electricity in it were palpable. The book was an instant success, and it became the frame of reference against which thoughtful Americans judged the rush of events in Europe. It exactly matched journalist to event: the right reporter at the right place at the right time. It stood, and still stands, as so few books have ever done—a pure act of journalistic witness.

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This is Shirer's first-hand account as he watched with increased fascination and horror as Europe plunged madly down the road to Armageddon in the last half of the 1930s. Shirer spent many years in close proximity to Hitler, witnessing first hand the brutality with which Hitler tried to conquer Europe, hoping against hope that Hitler would somehow lose.

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The most complete news report yet to come out of war time Germany.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801870569
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Pages: 648
  • Sales rank: 650,582
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.65 (d)

Meet the Author

William L. Shirer (1904-94) was a newspaper correspondent and radio journalist in the years before and during World War II. His many books include the critically acclaimed bestseller The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, This Is Berlin, and The Nightmare Years.

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Table of Contents

Contents:

Foreword to the Johns Hopkins EditionForeword to the Original EditionPART I Prelude to WarPART II The War

Index

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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.

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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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