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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,114 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard J. Evans Narrator: Sean Pratt, Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781596595941
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The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of the Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule. As those who were deemed unworthy to be counted among the German people were dealt with in increasingly brutal terms, Hitler's drive to prepare Germany for the war that he saw as its destiny reached its fateful hour in September 1939. The Third Reich in Power is the fullest and most authoritative account yet written of how, in six years, Germany was brought to the edge of that terrible abyss.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Evans’] three-volume history…is shaping up to be a masterpiece. Fluidly narrated, tightly organized, and comprehensive.”

    New York Times

  • “In the second part of a three-volume history of the Third Reich, Evans examines Hitler’s regime in the six years running up to the Second World War, exploring everything from art to the economy and shifting diplomatic alliances. He offers exhaustive statistical analysis coupled with the compelling personal narratives of dignitaries, dissidents, and such ordinary Germans as a Hamburg schoolteacher.”

    New Yorker

  • “In sharp detail, Evans shows how Hitler seized upon his political victory and immediately began his plan for the Nazi infiltration of every aspect of German society…Well written and logically organized, The Third Reich in Power is an impressive work of meticulous, readable history.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A major achievement. No other recent synthetic history has quite the range and narrative power of Evans’ work. There are no surprises here. Instead, the reader will find careful, detailed analyses of all the major issues relating to the Third Reich between Hitler’s assumption of power on January 31, 1933, and the start of WWII on September 1, 1939.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Examining the populace more than the dictator, Evans expertly surveys Nazidom’s precepts and criminality.”

    Booklist

  • A 2005 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 Hadrian | 2/16/2014

    " Part 2 of the trilogy. Describes the social programs and diplomatic maneuvers that happened once Hitler took power. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 2/16/2014

    " Another comprehensive historical tome from Richard J. Evans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucinda | 2/12/2014

    " Enjoying so far with the exception of the very odd translation choices. May be "currently reading" this book for a very long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny Allan | 2/8/2014

    " Hooray, finally finished this tome. It was something of a slog, alternating between terribly oppressive when interesting and overly detailed when not. Nevertheless, it seemed like a necessary read, and I gained some insight into Nazi Germany in the 1930s as well as how world (European) events contributed to permitting a totalitarian state to take hold there. Gearing up for Vol. 3 ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marko Sertic | 2/6/2014

    " Fascinating look at what life was like under the Nazi regime. Chilling on how this could have been the rest of the world if the Third Reich would have won the second world war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 2/1/2014

    " This is the second book in a trilogy on the rise and fall of the Third Reich by Richard Evans. Like the first book in the set, it presents the political, social, and economic events taking place within and around Germany from 1933 when the Nazis came to power to the eve of World War II in great detail, but never so much that you get bogged down. I am looking forward to finishing out the series later this year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erik | 1/21/2014

    " Second volume of Evans' superb Third Reich history. Exhaustive. 100-plus pages of endnotes. 75-plus pages of bibliography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl McGee | 1/19/2014

    " Second book of three. What the Nazis did after coming to power and how they immediately began planning to go to war are covered in total detail. It is often chilling to read how they instituted a reign of terror on the German people that was unrelenting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B Kevin | 1/18/2014

    " The second of three volumes of what will probably become the definitive history of the Third Reich. This Chronicles Nazi Germany from the Nazi seizure of poser to the invasion of Poland. If you are at all interested in Germany or European history of the 20th century, this is a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 1/6/2014

    " Excellent account of the period following Hitler becoming chancellor and the invasion of Poland. Detailed and well written, it is all here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/14/2013

    " It documents how Hitler was able to take power in Germany and the limits to that power even under a totalitarian regime. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Walsh | 11/22/2013

    " Exhaustive? Yes. Exhausting? At points. Still more than worth the trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy Buford | 11/3/2012

    " This is the second book in Evans' history of the Third Reich. The books are exhaustive and I found them very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Spitzig | 2/18/2012

    " Excellent. Don't know what else to say. It's what the title says. It's organized by topic. Which means I was surprised when certain topics were not mentioned. But, they were discussed in other chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Levine | 8/17/2011

    " Best on topic since rise and fall 50 years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/28/2011

    " Read this and you'll really understand how offensive it is to compare anyone today to Hitler or the Nazis. A horrific tale made even more real knowing I have relatives (including my mother) who lived through this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ernie Bornheimer | 8/12/2010

    " Read in an attempt to engage with the perennial riddle: how can decent, civilized, good people do such foul things? "

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About the Author
Author Richard J. Evans

Richard J. Evans is professor of modern history at Cambridge University. He is the author of In Defense of History, Lying About Hitler, The Coming of the Third Reichand The Third Reich in Power. He appears frequently on television and writes for a number of publications; he has also been a keynote speaker at numerous universities and academic conferences around the world.

About the Narrators

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.