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The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (Book Review)

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

I’ve been interested in the Third Reich for years, but never had the time to read a book about it; the best I could do was watch WWII movies and TV Shows (personal recommendations would be Saving Private Ryan, Das Boot, Band of Brothers, The Pianist, and Valkyrie).

Even though I’d watched a number of WWII movies, nothing prepared me for the knowledge gained in reading this book.

Everything is covered, from Adolf Hitler’s birth, childhood, early adulthood, and eventual entry into politics. From there, we learn of his incredible oratory skills and the eventual growth of the National Socialist movement.

This story is fascinating, and the picture drawn of Hitler is so fully realised you feel like you know him (and wish you didn’t). It’s incredible to see the story of a man becoming a leader, duping a nation to vote for him and duping the world into believing he was acting in his countries best interests.

In reality, he was a total psychopath. A psychopath who murdered millions upon millions of innocent people.

If you think you know WWII, or you want to learn about what really happened, then read this book.

If, like me, you had trouble understanding how or why Hitler rose to the power he did, and got away with so much, then read this book.

If, you enjoy a “good yarn” full of interesting (and totally nuts) characters, then read this book.

Hell, if you’re breathing, read this book! You won’t be disappointed. It may take some time, but by the time you get to the end, you’ll be glad you had started.

The parting words of the author really brought home the importance of WWII and our understanding of it (and in particular our understanding of Hitler’s insanity). There will never be a war like this, never another Adolf Hitler. With the proliferation of nuclear weapons in this age, it’ll just be some idiot dropping a few bombs, and the world will be obliterated. Sobering thoughts.

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