The Long Night: William L. Shirer and the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
When William L. Shirer started up the Berlin bureau of Edward R. Murrow's CBS News in the 1930s, he quickly became the most trusted reporter in all of Europe. Shirer hit the streets ...more
Considering it was nearly 1,300 pages long, the book wa ...more
Readers of my blog may already be aware of my deep affection for the thousand-plus-page tome The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, journalist William Shirer's invaluable 1960 history of Hitler and his Germany. It was with great delight, then, that I was made aware of a history of that history, Steve Wick's The Long Night, telling the story of Shirer's years covering the tumult in Europe, mostly from the eye of the storm itself, Berlin.
Though I feel it is missing a...more
William L. Shirer was journalist who took chances many others wouldn’t to get the truth out. Most of this story took place in Berlin at the height of Hitler’s reign. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to not know who to trust, not know if you were going to get your information out or not. The stress alone knowing that you could be booted out of the country and denied access to what was really going on around you while fighting to stay alive from the bombings had to have been horrible. ...more
Wick has some especially odd moments here. On page 79 he seems to not know that Spain is in Europe. (Really. I re-read the sentence three times, and that's what it says.) He refers to two instances of Shirer falling in love, ...more
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One interesting question raised by this author deals with the extent to which even liberal leaning reporters like Shirer failed to take issue with the Nazi war against the Jews in Germany as it was happening. One wonders wh ...more
Resentment towards the government fueled by a series of financial scandals, “...all having the same pattern. Crooks, with the aid of bribed cabinet members, senators and deputies, were able to set up in business, including banking, and then, when they were caught, evade trial or have their cases continually postponed or the charges quashed, sometimes by the minister of justice himself, who was in on the deal.”
Sounds like today’s headlines. It c ...more
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If you have any interest in the Nazi regime and some of its oppressive tactics prior to war in Europe and the deterioration of society under National Socialism then this is the book for you. Well written, moves along fairly well. Shirer is depicted as a sympathetic character with many faults and flaws. Following my recent read of In the Garden of Beasts this tied in very well. Full of the same locations and people.