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As European correspondent for Years 1930 Epub #181 a number of American newspapers during the s William L Shirer witnessed at first hand many of the pivotal events in the buildup to World War II At the Nuremberg The Nightmare Kindle rallies when Hitler roared through the streets celebrating his newly won domination of Germany Shirer was there In Munich as Chamberlain abandoned the Czechs Shirer was there In Vienna during the night of the Anschluss Nightmare Years 1930 Kindle #211 in Berlin w. I really enjoyed this breezy account of life as a foreign correspondent living through the tumult of 1930s Europe et al Shirer lived a fascinating lifeseemed to be in the right place at the right time andI think he is adeuately objective given the emotional subject matter When I say breezy I say so only as compared with true scholarly historical accountsas bloated as the historiography is I am refreshed by this primary source As an American reader that has spent a good amount of time overseas I appreciate Shirer s intellectual honestyalthough it can be a bit boorish He really captures the emotional confusion of a stranger living in a strange landand returning home to America only to feel out of place I really enjoyed the sometimes harsh appraisals of the whole Nazi leadership as well as colleagues diplomats friends and pretty much everyone except his wife At any rate I cannot think of a entertaining read of early Nazism and interwar France than this book

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The Nightmare Years 1930 1940

Hen Hitler loosed his Blitzkrieg on Poland and began the war Shirer was there Through articles broadcasts and translations of Hitler's speeches Shirer tirelessly tried to warn the world of the terrible evil that was growing in Germany The Nightmare Years a No I bestseller when first published in America in is not only the fascinating eyewitness account of this cataclysmic decade but also the personal story of a young American caught in tense and desperate times struggling to survive and provid. Very interesting book I ve previously read Shirer s famous book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich I d also read his Berlin Diaries which was just the publication of the diaries he kept during the time period he lived in Berlin under Nazi ruleThis book falls somewhere in the middle It isn t just diaries There s of a narrative combining info from his diaries his own memories the book was written decades the Nazi era ended and information that wasn t known until after Nazi documents and other historical facts were learnedOne of the most interesting things about Shirer s works on the Nazis is the fact that he was there covering them observing them meeting them It gives him a perspective that you rarely get in historical works There s obviously a downside to that too but here I think it works well It s interesting to see Shirer and Edward Murrow helping to establish radio news broadcastsThere is a very short section at the very beginning where Shirer travels to Afghanistan This is interesting but given that the rest of the book is focused on Nazis and this is book 2 in his 3 book autobiography he should ve just put that chapter in the first book

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E a life for himself and his family as the world lurched inexorably towards war'More than any conventional history book Shirer's memoirs let a reader relive history' People'A superb journalistShirer was close enough to Hitler to feel the Nazi leader's messianic personal forceAn unusually fine book' Time'No one ever did to explain the rise of the Nazis' Barbara Tuchman'An outstanding achievement of journalistic history indeed it is the best kind of accurate and absorbing history' Washington Pos. While the first volume of Shirer s autobiography The Start is primarily personal the second The Nightmare Years has his personal life almost submerged in the events he covered as a journalist these being primarily the Indian struggle for independence and the Nazi rise to power in central Europe much of which was also described in his Berlin Diary In addition to his eyewitness accounts of political events he was also with Edward R Murrow a creator of real time radio news reporting the rather exciting story of which is told concurrently


10 thoughts on “The Nightmare Years 1930 1940

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed this breezy account of life as a foreign correspondent living through the tumult of 1930s Europe et al Shirer lived a fascinating lifeseemed to be in the right place at the right time andI think he is adeuately objective given the emotional subject matter When I say 'breezy' I say so only as compared with true scholarly historical accountsas bloated as the historiography is I am refreshed by this primary source As

  2. says:

    Written in the 1980's well after Shirer's place in journalistic history had been cemented with The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Reads largely as an expanded annotated version of his Berlin Diaries which are at times extensively uoted Given

  3. says:

    Shirer captures this bewildering time I get the feeling he still was digesting at the end of his life the bafflement of the phenomenon such as the rise of the Nazis The movement was grotesue and full of buffoons and bully boys yet it captured

  4. says:

    This is a good read and taken for what it is part of Shirer's memoirs it is excellent If you are looking for a dry straight up analysis or history of the lead up to WWII this isn't it If you are looking for a first person I wuz there account from a guy who was lucky enough to be everywhere history was being made in Europe in the 1

  5. says:

    Actually I re read this book which I do periodically in order to remind myself of the whirlwind that swept Europe and Asia in the 1930s In the early thirties Shirer traveled and reported events in India and Afganistan Shirer lived primarily

  6. says:

    Very interesting book I've previously read Shirer's famous book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich I'd also read his Berlin Diaries which was just the publication of the diaries he kept during the time period he lived in Berlin under Nazi ruleThis book falls somewhere in the middle It isn't just diaries There's of a narrative combining info from his diaries his own memories the book was written decades the Nazi era ended and inf

  7. says:

    This book is an eyewitness account by former American foreign reporter William L Shirer of Europe and Germany as Hitler and the Nazis came to power and began World War II As such it offers some great insights into how Hitler twisted facts or e

  8. says:

    While the first volume of Shirer's autobiography The Start is primarily personal the second The Nightmare Years has his personal life almost submerged in the events he covered as a journalist these being primarily the Indian struggle for independence and the Nazi rise to power in central Europe much of which was also described in his Berlin Diary In addition to his eyewitness accounts of political events he was also wit

  9. says:

    For all of Shirere's academic restraint in writing the totally objective Rise and Fall of the Third Reich here he lets all spill out like guts on the floor He is 180 degrees opposite and resorts to name calling insults and strong opinions of the despicable Nazis he met and worked with while he was a radio correspondent there Interesting

  10. says:

    Although written by a journalist rather than a historian this hefty book does a great job of making history come alive in terms of both characters and events His see it now coverage of the making of the Nazi machine is priceless I wish that schools used books like this rather than the dry dull textbooks that put