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

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Taylor & Francis, Apr 17, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 627 pages
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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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Excellent, fascinating insights. - Goodreads
An absolutely amazing document filled with insight. - Goodreads
What a great insight into the early Hitler years. - Goodreads
Interesting to apply his insights to today's world. - Goodreads
Often enough his prophetic insight has proved itself. - Kirkus

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Excellent, fascinating insights. Must take some historical attitudes & biases with a grain of salt. Read full review

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Very much enjoyed this firsthand account of the rise of the Nazi regime and the first year of the war. Shirer is hardly neutral and his contempt for Nazism (even before its most brutal years) is ... Read full review

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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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