The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Author:William L. Shirer The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by journalist William L. Shirer was the first definitive history of Nazi Germany in English. — Shirer, an American radio reporter for CBS, covered Germany for many years until December 1940, when increasing Nazi censorship of his broadcasts made work impossible for him. This 1,245 page book, first published in... more » 1960 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. and still in print, colors its historically accurate information with denunciation of Nazism and tyranny.
The book is based largely on the captured documents of the Third Reich, including the diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and General Franz Halder. Additional major sources include testimony and evidence from the Nuremberg trials, British Foreign Office reports, and the detailed diary of Ciano, Mussolini's son-in-law and Italian Foreign Minister. Other sources include confidential speeches, conference reports, taped transcripts of telephone conversations, as well as Shirer's personal recollections during the six years he reported on the Third Reich as a journalist.« less