The Third Reich at War

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Penguin, 2008 - History - 926 pages
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The final volume in Richard J. Evans?s masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a ?people?s community? to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler?s campaign of racial subjugation and genocide

Already hailed as ?a masterpiece? (William Grimes in The New York Times) and ?the most comprehensive history? of the Third Reich? (Ian Kershaw), this epic trilogy reaches its terrifying climax in this volume.

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war?s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people?from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict?s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler?s suicide in the bunker. But just as important is the re-creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, staggering under pressure from Allied bombing and their own government?s mounting demands upon them. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe?s Jews, set in the context of Hitler?s genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe.

Blending narrative, description and analysis, The Third Reich at War creates an engrossing picture?at once sweeping and precise?of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. It is the culmination of a historical masterwork that will remain the most authoritative work on Nazi Germany for years to come.

  

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Review: The Third Reich At War (The History of the Third Reich #3)

User Review  - Paul - Goodreads

I read the entire trilogy by Richard Evans and it blew me away. The research that went into this saga is tremendous. The details that he uncovered are astounding. I'd recommend these three books to anyone who is literate and cares about history. Read full review

Review: The Third Reich at War: 1939-1945 (The History of the Third Reich #3)

User Review  - Patrick - Goodreads

It took me years to read this, largely because after finishing a volume I wanted to spend some time away from the Third Reich. Evans covers them in exhausting detail, and does something very important ... Read full review

Contents

LIGHTNING VICTORY
3
THE NEW RACIAL ORDER
28
A DREADFUL rabble
48
life unworthy of life
75
the work of providence
109
pathological ambition
146
operation barbarossa
167
in the tracks of napoleon
191
GERMANY IN FLAMES
435
THE LONG RETREAT
467
HELL HAS BROKEN OUT
483
A NEW TIME OF STRUGGLE
506
FEAR AND GUILT
541
CULTURES OF DESTRUCTION
563
DEADLY SCIENCE
593
RESISTANCE
614

NO PITY NOTHING
217
LAUNCHING GENOCIDE
242
THE WANNSEE CONFERENCE
260
LIKE SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER
282
THE SINEWS OF WAR
321
NO BETTER OFF THAN PIGS
346
UNDER THE NAZI HEEL
373
TOTAL WAR
403
A LAST SPARK OF HOPE
649
WELL TAKE A WORLD WITH US
679
THE FINAL DEFEAT
714
AFTERMATH
738
Notes
765
Bibliography
839
Index
874
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About the author (2008)

Richard J. Evans is professor of modern history at Cambridge University. His previous books include In Defense of History, Lying About Hitler, and the companions to this title, The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich in Power.

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