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The Nightmare Years 1930 1940

As European correspondent for a number of American newspapers during the 1930s William L Shirer witnessed at first hand many of the pivotal events in the buildup to World War II At the Nuremberg rallies when Hitler roared through the streets celebrating his newly won domination of Germany Shirer was there In Munich as Chamberlain abandoned the Czechs Shirer was there In Vienna during the night of the Anschluss in Berlin when Hitler loosed his Blitzkrieg on Poland and bega. Written in the 1980 s well after Shirer s place in journalistic history had been cemented with The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Reads largely as an expanded annotated version of his Berlin Diaries which are at times extensively uoted Given that some of this material was also reproduced in Rise and Fall this is the third time reading it for the dedicated Shirerist This book covers almost the same period as Berlin Diaries the first fifty pages or so covering Shirer s early Chicago Tribune work in Kabul is entirely new and follows that text fairly closely primarily adding background regarding the nascent radio broadcasting industry some gossip about CBSHearst affiliates and a generous helping of leftist hokum that wouldn t have flown in Shirer s earlier rigorously journalistic work What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings the 1930s William L Shirer witnessed at first hand many of Pulse (Frank Quinn, the pivotal events in Obsession the buildup The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico to World War II At Simply Napkins the Nuremberg rallies when Hitler roared The Unconscious Civilization through The Complete Tightwad Gazette the streets celebrating his newly won domination of Germany Shirer was The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years there In Munich as Chamberlain abandoned الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the Czechs Shirer was Writing and Selling Magazine Articles there In Vienna during The Strange Bird the night of Collected Stories the Anschluss in Berlin when Hitler loosed his Blitzkrieg on Poland and bega. Written in Collected Stories the 1980 s well after Shirer s place in journalistic history had been cemented with The Rise and Fall of Cleopatras Daughter the Third Reich Reads largely as an expanded annotated version of his Berlin Diaries which are at Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! times extensively uoted Given Settlers that some of Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, this material was also reproduced in Rise and Fall The Sphinx this is Tidelands (Fairmile the Pretty Lucy Merwyn third Strings time reading it for Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the dedicated Shirerist This book covers almost Catch and Release the same period as Berlin Diaries Devils Paw (Imp, the first fifty pages or so covering Shirer s early Chicago Tribune work in Kabul is entirely new and follows Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, that All Tied Up text fairly closely primarily adding background regarding The Film Snob*s Dictionary the nascent radio broadcasting industry some gossip about CBSHearst affiliates and a generous helping of leftist hokum In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie that wouldn Tea Environments and Plantation Culture t have flown in Shirer s earlier rigorously journalistic work

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His family as the world lurched inexorably towards war'More than any conventional history book Shirer's memoirs let a reader relive history' People'A superb journalistShirer was close enough to Hitler to feel the Nazi leader's messianic personal forceAn unusually fine book' Time'No one ever did to explain the rise of the Nazis' Barbara Tuchman'An outstanding achievement of journalistic history; indeed it is the best kind of accurate and absorbing history' Washington Post. For all of Shirere s academic restraint in writing the totally objective Rise and Fall of the Third Reich here he lets all spill out like guts on the floor He is 180 degrees opposite and resorts to name calling insults and strong opinions of the despicable Nazis he met and worked with while he was a radio correspondent there Interesting

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N the war Shirer was there Through articles broadcasts and translations of Hitler's speeches Shirer tirelessly tried to warn the world of the terrible evil that was growing in Germany The Nightmare Years a No I bestseller when first published in America in 1984 is not only the fascinating eyewitness account of this cataclysmic decade but also the personal story of a young American caught in tense and desperate times struggling to survive and provide a life for himself and. This is a good read and taken for what it is part of Shirer s memoirs it is excellent If you are looking for a dry straight up analysis or history of the lead up to WWII this isn t it If you are looking for a first person I wuz there account from a guy who was lucky enough to be everywhere history was being made in Europe in the 1930s this is it He kept a detailed personal diary from which this is drawn supplemented by much material from the captured Nazi archives and personal interviews and information given him by surviving participants on all sides He is not shy about expressing his opinion of the people he was observing This is after all his memoir and he is entitled It covers a lot of the same ground as his Rise and Fall of the Third Reich which is of a careful history I find this one fascinating because it is so very personal one guy s odyssey into the nightmare that was Nazi Germany He spent six years watching that cultured country devolved into the most hideous travesty of civilization ever and mourned its passing He came in as or less a neutral observer a foreign correspondent for than one major newspaper and later one of the pioneer on air radio news correspondents for CBS He left when a he realized he was no longer impartial and that could not put up with the Nazi censorship of his reporting any and b he was warned that the Nazis were building an espionage case against him convinced he was passing information out in code he wasn t His increasing loathing and fright come through clearly and honestlyThe fact that he was johnny on the spot for so many pivotal moments such as the Anschluss in Austria and the takeover of Czechoslovakia is marvelous He was however taken in by the Germans in Poland when he reports with a straight face that the Poles had charged tanks with horses They didn t The scene he saw of a thousand dead horses and hundreds of dead Polish cavalrymen was staged by the German commander The Poles had actually charged his infantry and were winning until the tanks arrived But a good superman admit to losing to guys on horses Never In this regard Shirer s willingness to believe was greatly aided by his disdain for the Poles whom he believed lived in a political fairyland perhaps so but it colored his judgment about everything Polish He did however ably spot when the Germans were attempting to use neutral correspondents to convince the British that invasion was imminent during the Battle of Britain He refused to broadcast when a couple of his gullible colleagues did Shirer was bright well trained and a true reporter willing to chase the story wherever it took him and report the facts as he saw them not as he wanted them to be When he realized he could not do that he got out This is a priceless account from a guy who really did know meet or observe nearly all the major players in Germany at that time


About the Author: William L. Shirer

William Lawrence Shirer was an American journalist and historian He became known for his broadcasts on CBS from the German capital of Berlin through the first year of World War IIShirer first became famous through his account of those years in his Berlin Diary published in 1941 but his greatest achievement was his 1960 book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich originally published by Simon



10 thoughts on “The Nightmare Years 1930 1940

  1. says:

    I really enjoyed this breezy account of life as a foreign correspondent living through the tumult of 1930s Europe et al Shirer lived a fascinating lifeseemed to be in the right place at the right time andI think he is adeuately object

  2. says:

    Written in the 1980's well after Shirer's place in journalistic history had been cemented with The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich Reads largely as an expanded annotated version of his Berlin Diaries which are at times extensively uoted Given

  3. says:

    Shirer captures this bewildering time I get the feeling he still was digesting at the end of his life the bafflement of the phenomenon such as the rise of the Nazis The movement was grotesue and full of buffoons and bully boys yet it

  4. says:

    This is a good read and taken for what it is part of Shirer's memoirs it is excellent If you are looking for a dry straight up analysis or history of the lead up to WWII this isn't it If you are looking for a first person I wuz there account from a guy who was lucky enough to be everywhere history was being made in Europe

  5. says:

    Actually I re read this book which I do periodically in order to remind myself of the whirlwind that swept Europe and Asia in the 1930s In the e

  6. says:

    Very interesting book I've previously read Shirer's famous book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich I'd also read his Berlin Diaries which was just the publication of the diaries he kept during the time period

  7. says:

    This book is an eyewitness account by former American foreign reporter William L Shirer of Europe and Germany as Hitler and the Nazis

  8. says:

    While the first volume of Shirer's autobiography The Start is primarily personal the second The Nightmare Years has his personal life almost submerged in the events he covered as a journalist these being primarily the India

  9. says:

    For all of Shirere's academic restraint in writing the totally objective Rise and Fall of the Third Reich here he lets all spill out like guts on the floor He is 180 degrees opposite and resorts to name calling insults and strong opin

  10. says:

    Although written by a journalist rather than a historian this hefty book does a great job of making history come alive in terms of both charact

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