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There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans’s history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as it shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. The Coming of the Third Reich is a masterwork of the historian’s art and the book by which all others on the subject will be judged. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Richard J. Evans's The Coming of the Third Reich is an enormous work of synthesis—knowledgable and reliable.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Richard J. Evans’s The Coming of the Third Reich…gives the clearest and most gripping account I've read of German life before aznd during the rise of the Nazis.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “Brilliant.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] first-rate narrative history that informs and educates and may inspire readers to delve even deeper into the subject.”


  • “The generalist reader, it should be emphasized, is well served…The book reads briskly, covers all important areas—social and cultural—and succeeds in its aim of giving ‘voice to the people who lived through the years with which if deals.”

    Denver Post

  • “One finally puts down this magnificent volume thirsty, on the one hand, for the next installment in the Nazi saga yet still haunted by the questions Evan poses and so masterfully grapples with.”

    The Nation

  • “This first part of what will be Evans’ three-volume history of Hitler’s regime is the most comprehensive and convincing work so far on the gall of Weimar and Hitler’s rise to power.”

    Foreign Affairs

  • A 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for History

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Reznor | 2/4/2014

    " An exhaustive series of vignettes of events post WWI that ultimately enabled the Nazi ascendancy. Not recommended for any but the most ardent readers of history, The Coming of the Third Reich is a fascinating, blow-by-blow account of all the seemingly unrelated characters and trivialities that yielded what would become WWII. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hollis | 1/19/2014

    " There are a LOT of books on Nazi Germany but this one stands out. This is only the first in a trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by B Kevin | 11/15/2013

    " First of three volumes on Nazi Germany, incorporates new research, powerfully written and compelling, his interpretation is that the Weimar Republic had failed, the Kanzlers ruling by decree in the final years of the repulic, Germany was headed toward authoritarian rule (as was much of eastern Europe already). If not the Nazis, then a military dictatorship. Will probably be the definitive history of the Third Reich. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Craig | 11/10/2013

    " The book sets out in the intro to displace The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich as the go-to book for the general reader. It doesn't. The older book may not be a historian's delight, but it's a great read. Evans has some interesting historical observations, but I kept putting the book down, skipping over pages due to general boredom. How can you make the Nazis boring? A clumsy, sloppy conversational prose with cut and paste organization will help. I see nothing wrong with history having a narrative and telling a story, but Evans seems bent on undermining such an approach. "

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