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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William L. Shirer Narrator: Tom Weiner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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By the acclaimed journalist and bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day, eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent.

CBS radio broadcaster William L. Shirer was virtually unknown in 1940 when he decided there might be a book in the diary he had kept in Europe during the 1930s—specifically those sections dealing with the collapse of the European democracies and the rise of Nazi Germany.

Shirer was the only Western correspondent in Vienna on March 11, 1938, when the German troops marched in and took over Austria, and he alone reported the surrender by France to Germany on June 22, 1940, even before the Germans reported it. The whole time, Shirer kept a record of events, many of which could not be publicly reported because of censorship by the Germans. In December 1940, Shirer learned that the Germans were building a case against him for espionage, an offense punishable by death. Fortunately, Shirer escaped and was able to take most of his diary with him.

Berlin Diary first appeared in 1941, and the timing was perfect. The energy, the passion, and the electricity in it were palpable. The book was an instant success, and it became the frame of reference against which thoughtful Americans judged the rush of events in Europe. It exactly matched journalist to event: the right reporter at the right place at the right time. It stood, and still stands, as so few books have ever done—a pure act of journalistic witness.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most complete news report yet to come out of wartime Germany.”


  • “Tom Weiner’s deep and thoughtful voice lends Shirer’s journal an authoritative style, almost as if he were intoning a prophetic radio broadcast of the period…This eyewitness account shines with crisp clarity and description, feeling, and immediacy. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “There is absolutely no better book by an American about the rise of the Third Reich. A gripping—and harrowing—view from inside Hitler's Germany.”

    Lamar Graham

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 2/12/2014

    " Fascinating as a glimpse into day-to-day life of an American correspondent in Berlin during the 1930s, but the book is highly anecdotal and rather condescending toward the country Shirer struggles to explain "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sue | 2/1/2014

    " An excellent, insider view of exactly how it happened... How an entire country and people went insane. A lesson for our times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nora | 1/29/2014

    " This is particularly interesting because Shirer was an eye witness to the rise of Hitler and the Nazi takeover. As indicated in the title, this diary takes place during that time period. Along with being a valuable historical account, this book is valuable for its insights into the causes of the Nazi phenomena and refreshing because of Shirer's decidedly "unpolitically correct" approach. He freely expresses his feelings and opinions. I read this after reading his Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and I was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Craig | 1/20/2014

    " i found this book in a used bookstore and picked up for $5. It maybe the best $5 i ever spent. this book is great and essential if you want to try and learn from the greatest lesson of the last 100 years, that is trying to understand nazi germany. I loved this book and will read it numerous more times. "

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