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Publisher's Summary

The final volume in Richard J. Evans’s masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a “people’s community” to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler’s campaign of racial subjugation and genocide. Already hailed as “a masterpiece” (William Grimes in The New York Times) and “the most comprehensive history… of the Third Reich” (Ian Kershaw), this epic trilogy reaches its terrifying climax in this volume.
Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war’s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people - from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since.
Fresh insights into the conflict’s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler’s suicide in the bunker. But just as important is the re-creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, staggering under pressure from Allied bombing and their own government’s mounting demands upon them. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe’s Jews, set in the context of Hitler’s genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe.
Blending narrative, description, and analysis, The Third Reich at War creates an engrossing picture - at once sweeping and precise - of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. It is the culmination of a historical masterwork that will remain the most authoritative work on Nazi Germany for years to come.
Listen to previous volumes in Richard J. Evans' Third Reich trilogy.
©2009 Richard J. Evans (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp
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Critic Reviews

"Masterful….Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich’s history and of the enormous historical literature….Evans narrates the Reich’s end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans’s fellow historians as well as a broader public will listen to this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author’s narrative powers.” ( Publisher’s Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 09-03-10

Masterful

The series, taken as a whole, sets the standard for WWII history. These cannot be overlooked, or diminished. Indeed, it is difficult to adequately describe how well researched and written are each of these three volumes. I have read or listened to every history of WWII I have been able to find (well over 50) in English, Russian and French, and up until now Shirer's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" was, I felt, the definitive historical account of Nazi Germany (if you haven't read/listened to it, you should) even though it was published over 50 years ago. This series surpasses that exceptional work.
This volume is superlative. If you enjoy World War Two history you CANNOT skip this volume, in particular!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alan on 09-03-10

Excellent history

Well written, well narrated. Most WWII histories dwell on the military aspect, this comes from the other side defining (as well as is possible with such a subject) the thought processes and actions that led to the horrors of the war. The author tells a good story, entertaining, as well as informative while weaving in first person accounts to reinforce his narrative. A long book but you'll be sorry when it ends.

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5 out of 5 stars
By crabbit101 on 04-30-15

Superb

The best history of the third reich I've read. Slightly annoyed by some poor pronunciation by the narrator at times!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-16-14

Good book. Dreadful reader

What did you like best about The Third Reich at War? What did you like least?

I appreciated the effort and research required to portray the reality of the horror people suffered during the post World War I up to the end of world War II experienced. At worst it was sometimes too graphic for too long. That tends to dull the senses.

What did you like best about this story?

The horror of war is not to be liked. At best we can learn and remember not to repeat it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

In every possible way. I have never listened to three books - read successively by the same reader - that were read with such sad neglect of proper pausing, intonation and whatever other crimes a narrator can be guilty of. One would have thought or hoped that there had been an overseer of sorts who might have been able to guide the narrator. If it had been my books -I listened to the series of three - i might have torn my heart out. I often had to rewind to get the correct meaning when a sentence ended in mid-air, so to speak. I hardly think the author inserted all those unappropriated commas and full-stops.

Did The Third Reich at War inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to avoid the narrator at all cost.

Any additional comments?

This book and its twi predecessors were done an insult.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Timothy Lehmann on 05-02-18

Comprehensive and fascinating

Well written, concise and researched, with good narration (a few mistakes that should've been edited out, but otherwise very easy to listen to). Recommended

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By Andrew on 01-28-18

Thorough. Accessible.

This book was thorough both in the period it covered and the detail it provided. The narrative was clear and engaging. The narrator was calm and authoritative. It was an informative and thoughtful book.

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