The Rise and Fall of Third Reich by William Shirer

by Harsh 06/11/34

Hoover, Alabama (August 2013)--I have finally finished this massive book. Having read this book completely when I was younger (may be around Roorkee days), this time I had a different view of this book. It is more about Hitler and Nazi Germany and Third Reich than about the World War II. Almost 75-80% of the book deals with the rise of Adolf Hitler and Germany after World War I and leading up to the World War II. Then the events happen quickly and book ends. But it does deal with the then British and French leaders and how they completely misunderstood Hitler and let him take over Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland.. If they had taken any positive action to stop Hitler, the world would have been different now. Russia and Germany's relationship was a strange one. Initially, they were on one side when Germany attacked Poland. But then Hitler stabbed Stalin in the back and attacked Russia - to grab land in the East since there was not much land in the West and he could not defeat England. The harsh winter of Russia saved it because Germans were not prepared to deal with it. They did not have warm coats, their tanks did not work properly in the cold and Russian soldiers were also very tough. 

I want to read more about the history of World War II and understand what Churchill and Roosevelt were thinking. A whole new theater developed after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. I also want to know what happened after the World War II ended and Cold War started. What happened in the Nuremburg trials etc.


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