The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941 : The War in the West

  • by James Holland
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • Series: The War in the West
  • 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For seven decades, our understanding of World War II has been shaped by a standard narrative built on conventional wisdom, propaganda, the dramatic but narrow experiences of soldiers on the ground, and an early generation of historians. For his new history, James Holland has spent over 12 years unearthing new research, recording original testimony, and visiting battlefields and archives that have never before been so accessible.
In The Rise of Germany, the first of a major new three-part history of World War II in the West, he weaves together the experiences of dozens of individuals, from civilians and infantrymen to line officers, military strategists, diplomats, and heads of state, as well as war strategy, tactics, and the economic, political, and social aspects of the war to create a captivating audiobook that redefines and enhances our understanding of one of the most significant conflicts in history.
Beginning with the lead-up to the outbreak of war in 1939 and ending in 1941 on the eve of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia, The Rise of Germany is a masterful history of the war on land, in the air, and at sea, destined to generate significant scholarly debate and listener interest.


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Good Book painfully read

I was fascinated by the content but just couldn't take the reader . His pronunciation of foreign names and place was more than I could endure
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- richard

If there was an option to give the performance negative stars, I would do it.

The narrator should be chained to a wall, kept awake for weeks on end, and forced to listen to his narration until he cracks, and collapses into a blubbering heap of broken humanity. Seriously. Where do they find these "performers"? Do they just walk down the street, choosing people at random? Christ...nothing like wasting your money on a decent book, rendered unlistenable by an utterly incompetent narrator. Do yourself a favor, read the book.
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- JT Hope

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios