The Third Reich in Power, 1933-1939

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Penguin Books, 2006 - Germany - 941 pages
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The second book in his acclaimed trilogy on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, Richard J. Evans' The Third Reich in Power: How the Nazis Won Over the Hearts and Minds of a Nation explores how Hitler turned Germany from a vibrant democracy into a one-party state.

Before Hitler seized power in 1933, Germany had been famous for its sophistication and complexity. So how was it possible for a group of ideological obsessives to re-mould it into a one-party state directed at war and race hate? How did the Nazis win over the hearts and minds of Germany's citizens, twist science, religion and culture, and transform the country's politics to achieve total dominance so quickly?

From the Nuremberg Laws to the Olympic Games, Kristallnacht to the Hitler Youth, this gripping account shows how a whole population became enmeshed in a dictatorship that was consumed by hatred and driven by war.

'Impressive ... perceptive ... humane'
  Ian Kershaw

'Excellent ... powerful ... it makes an indelible impression'
  Robert Service, Sunday Times

'Likely to be the standard work for some years to come'
  Spectator Books of the Year

'A rich and detailed description of just what the Third Reich did in every compartment of the state and every corner of society ... Evans's magisterial study should be on our shelves for a long time to come'
  Economist

'Written with great style and human sympathy'
  Daily Telegraph Books of the Year

'Evans brilliantly conveys how the Fuhrer reignited Germans' pride as he led them to catastrophe'
  Neal Ascherson, Observer

Sir Richard J. Evans is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. His previous books include In Defence of History, Telling Lies about Hitler and the companions to this title, The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich at War.

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User Review  - bke - LibraryThing

The second of three volumes of what will probably become the definitive history of the Third Reich. This Chronicles Nazi Germany from the Nazi seizure of poser to the invasion of Poland. If you are at all interested in Germany or European history of the 20th century, this is a must-read. Read full review

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User Review  - RobertP - LibraryThing

Very well written, detailed and objective study of the Nazis build up to the Second World War. The book is understated, but the sheer stupidity, corruption and above all evil of Hitler's empire is ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Richard J Evans is Professor of Modern History at Cambridge University. His previous books include In Defence of History, Telling Lies about Hitler and the companion to this title, The Coming of the Third Reich. He lives outside Cambridge.

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