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At daybreak on September 1, 1939, a huge German mechanized army poured across the Polish border, while great clouds of German bombers let loose their destruction from the skies. World War II, provoked cold-bloodedly by Adolf Hitler, had begun.

Who was this Adolf Hitler who rose literally from the gutter to conquer most of Europe? How was he able to overcome such incredible obstacles in his rise to power? What was it that enabled him to persuade a nation to embark on a program of mass murder and suicidal war? And what kind of madness led him to destroy that country he claimed to love?

For many years William Shirer's job as an American correspondent in Berlin gave him the opportunity to meet Hitler, listen to his numerous speeches, and observe him at first hand at the moment of his greatest triumphs. What is set down in this book is based almost entirely on what the author himself saw in Germany and on the massive files of secret Nazi documents captured by the Allies at the end of World War II. Step by step, the reader follows Hitler's course of conquest, watches him browbeat his victims, double-cross his friends and enemies, massacre millions of innocent people, and plunge the world in the bloodiest and most destructive war in history. 

Millions of people still living remember Hitler and the horrors of his Nazi Third Reich. But for a new generation, living in uncertain times, this book will provide a vivid, authentic account of one of the most shocking chapters of world history. 

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About the writing of this book, in reference to being approached by Bennett Cerf to write about Adolf Hitler for the Landmark series:

 "It was not so easy as he assured me it would be. . . . How did you write for young people? You couldn't be condescending. You had to respect them. But you had to keep it simple enough for them to understand," Shirer recalled in his memoir A Native's Return.

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William L. Shirer

William L. Shirer

1904 - 1993
American
William L. Shirer established an international reputation as radio’s foremost interpreter of Germany during the crucial years of the Third Rei... See more

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The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler Reprint

The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
Reprinted in 2022 by RosettaBooks
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The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler Reprint

The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
Reprinted in 1984 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Series: Landmark Books (Random House Paperback Reprints) Members Only (Original Landmark Books)
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Landmark Books: What They Are and Why They Matter
Released in 2022 by Plumfield Moms Podcast
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Length: 52 min.
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Two-part episode hosted by Podcast Moms with guests Sandy Hall (Hall's Living Library), Jill Morgan (Purple House Press), and Tanya Arnold (Biblioguides) where they discuss the Landmark series, how they came to be and why they are worth adding to a home library.


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Semicolon

The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler by William Shirer
Reviewed by Sherry Early
As an American correspondent in Berlin, Shirer actually met Hitler, listened to many of his spell-binding speeches, and observed him over the course of several years before and during World War II. The result of Shirerís observations and his journalistís eye for character and for a story is this book, written for children in the Landmark history series, but suited to readers of all ages.

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The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
This is an important book recommended for every awakening teenager and guaranteed to capture and sustain profound attention from the first to the last page....

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