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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: Lloyd James Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 ... "

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