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The Third Reich at War: 1939-1945 (The History of the Third Reich #3)
Adroitly blending narrative, description, and analysis, Richard J. Evans portrays a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. Interweaving a broad narrative of the war's progress from a wide range of people, Evans reveals the dynamics o ...more
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The first volume The Coming of the Third Reich deals with the coming in power of the Nazi party, the second volume The Third Reich in Power deals with the interesting social, political and many other dimensions of German life under the Nazi rule and finally, the third volume is about the expansion of the Third Reich and its subsequent downfall in 1945.
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Evans makes clear in the introduction that this is not a book about the war itself, nor about the Holocaust. That is particularly evident in the former point. While detailed observations of t ...more
Massive, all encompassing view of Hitler's Germany - its social programs, its military success - a whole nation structured and subservient to a narrow ethnocentric worldview of a mad warlord.
Exhausting. Evans' use of diary entries, in order to capture the thoughts of the people of Germany at the time, is heart-rending and terrifying. He is unflinching in his detail. A brilliant and terrifying look at how an organized system of terror and dea ...more
This book, as expected, is excellent -- and marks the entire trilogy as a valuable achievement. Evans is best when dealing with the more granular -- his treatment of the bro ...more
The first 400 pages, for instance, are almost wholly devoted to the war in the East and the Jewish ...more
I almost want to go back and read the first one again--since towards the end of the war, he comments how support for Nazism had substantially dried up throughout Germany--but I vaguely remember political charts in the first one showing how enthu ...more
What comes across very clearl ...more
Primarily domestic histories of Germany while under Nazi rule, Evans details how they tried to not only dominate but actively control virtually every aspect of life in Germany: religious, intellectual, scientific, cultural, financial, professional, academic, social, media and entertainment; no aspect of life was ignored. And the results were surprisingly varied, pa ...more
The failure of the rest of the world to stop a lying, murderous and truly evil regime is a tragedy by itself. So many hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives could hav ...more
Like the other volumes, it also examines many aspects of German politics, society, art ...more
* The Holocaust was no secret. Anti-Semitism was omnipresent throughout the Reich, and ordinary citizens happily participated in its application, especially as the Reich expanded into Eastern lands.
* Evans' vivid description of Allied firebombing cam ...more
this is the Panther rather than Panzer III of WW2 histories. what is to say it came later and was better designed, but of course there is no substitute for the original Panzer III or Shirer text.
maybe it is eve ...more
Evans receives a hero's welcome in the press as he lays his final World War II tome, a towering, somber achievement of scholarship and narrative, to rest. As in the preceding volumes, Evans judiciously employs first-hand sources, measured judgments, and impeccable research to craft what most reviewers hail as the definitive work on the Third Reich of our generation. Evans never flinches from the gruesome details of this tragic historical period, yet as the Guardian notes, "in anÜalmost Wagnerian...more
I think that Evans handles the "Final Solution" quite well. He places it in the context of the Nazi's general violence and murder of other groups (e.g., the mentally ill and disabled, Gypsies, ...more
I grew up in the years directly after WWII in the midwest. I'm staggered in retrospect ...more
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'The distaster continues,' he wrote to his wife on Christmas Eve 1941. 'And at the top, in Berlin, at the very top, nobody wants to admit it. Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make blind. Every day we experience this anew. But for reasons of prestige nobody dares to take a determined step backwards. They don't want to admit that their army is surrounded before Moscow. They refuse to recognize that the Russians can do such a thing. And in complete blindness they are kneeling over into the abyss. And they will end in 4 weeks by losing their army before Moscow and later on by losing the whole war.”