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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (872 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard J. Evans Narrator: Lloyd James, Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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” by 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is history in the grand style, the kind of large-scale narrative that few historians dare to write these days. It is difficult to imagine how it could be improved upon, let alone surpassed.”

    Washington Post 

  • “Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich's history and of the enormous historical literature…Evans's fellow historians as well as a broader public will read this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author's narrative powers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is more than a military history, although Evans does an excellent job of explaining the strategies, tactics, and movement of huge armies and naval forces. What makes this account extraordinary are the descriptions of the effects of this war on the lives of ordinary people, both German and non-German.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Evans judiciously employs first-hand sources, measured judgments, and impeccable research to craft what most reviewers hail as the definitive work on the Third Reich of our generation.”

    Bookmarks magazine

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carl McGee | 2/12/2014

    " All three of Evans' books are over 700 pages in length. And all three are incredible! This final analysis of the Nazis is probably the best of the lot. He focuses mainly on the Eastern Front and describes in minute detail what happened there. When one finishes reading this trilogy, one understands completely how the Nazis came to power, how they consoladated their power, and how they exercised their power to destroy so much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alex Raines | 2/2/2014

    " In all, this entire series is excellent. Part of the reason it took so long to get through is because of the difficult nature of some of the subject matter (the specific details of genocide do play a major theme throughout the narrative). That being said, this series should now be the default for someone looking to learn about the Third Reich. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Rod Zemke | 1/25/2014

    " Probably the best book written on this subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 1/21/2014

    " The final volume of Evans' outstanding trilogy on the history of Germany from 1920 to 1945. Although meticulously researched and full of details, the books are not at all difficult to read -- they are absolutely engaging from the first page. A stunning achievement. "

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