Journalist and author William Shirer was a witness to many of the pivotal events leading up to World War II. In the second of a three-volume series, Shirer tells the story of his own eventful life, detailing the most notable events of his career as a journalist stationed in Germany during the rise of the Third Reich. Shirer was there while Hitler celebrated his new domination of Germany, unleashed the Blitzkrieg on Poland, and began the world conflict that would come to be known as World War II. This remarkable account tells the story of an American reporter caught in a maelstrom of war and conflict, desperately trying to warn Europe and the US about the dangers to come.
This memoir gives readers a chance to relive one of the most turbulent periods in 20th century history--painting a stunningly intimate portrait of a dangerous decade.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William Lawrence Shirer (1904-1993) was an American war correspondent, historian, and author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich--a definitive account of Nazi Germany that has stood the test of time as a scholarly resource for over five decades. Shirer was the first journalist hired for Edward R. Murrow's CBS radio team of journalists covering World War II events worldwide, and later became famous for his radio broadcasts from Berlin.
Shirer's work is gripping for its first-hand immediacy, informed by personal observation, storytelling, and interviews with prominent leaders including Hitler himself. As a member of CBS's news team, he produced a 30-minute broadcast of live reporting from Vienna, Paris, Berlin, London, and Rome. This was later adopted as the CBS World News Roundup, one of the longest-running programs in news broadcasting today.
ABOUT THE SERIES
In this three-volume series, prominent journalist, historian, and author William Shirer tells the story of his life. From his origins in Cedar Rapids in 1904 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.
This autobiography is notable both as a fascinating portrait of a very eventful life and as a historical document--shedding personal light on a broad swath of 20th century history. Readers will find personal anecdotes detailing Shirer's conversations with world leaders, including Hitler himself, as well as other prominent people such as Ernest Hemingway and Isadora Duncan. This series is ideal for readers fascinated by 20th century or World War II history--as well as fans of Shirer's other works.