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William Lawrence Shirer (February 23, 1904 - December 28, 1993) was an American journalist, war correspondent, and historian, who wrote The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, a history of Nazi Germany that has been read by many and cited in scholarly works for more than 50 years. Shirer was born in vis mere Chicago and graduated from Coe. Originally a foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the International News Service, Shirer was the first reporter hired by Edward R. Murrow for what would become a CBS radio team of journalists, and he became known for his broadcasts from Berlin, from the rise of the Nazi dictatorship through the first year of World War II (1940). With Murrow, he organized the first broadcast world news roundup, a format still followed by news broadcasts. Shirer wrote more than a dozen books including Berlin Diary (published in 1941); The Collapse of the Third Republic (1969) and a three-volume autobiography, Twentieth Century Journey (1976 to 1990). Shirer received a 1946 Peabody Award for Outstanding Reporting and Interpretation of News for his work at CBS. His book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, won the 1961 National Book Award for Nonfiction and Carey-Thomas Award for non-fiction. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af William L. Shirer

The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler (1961) 478 eksemplarer
The Sinking of the Bismarck (1962) 362 eksemplarer
Gandhi (1979) 260 eksemplarer
End of a Berlin diary (1947) — Forfatter — 146 eksemplarer
Midcentury Journey (1952) 97 eksemplarer
Det tredje riges storhed og fald 1 (1963) 25 eksemplarer
Det tredje riges storhed og fald 4 (1963) 20 eksemplarer
The Traitor (1950) 20 eksemplarer
Det tredje riges storhed og fald 2 (1989) 10 eksemplarer
Stranger Come Home (1954) 9 eksemplarer
An August to Remember. (1986) 2 eksemplarer
The Consul's Wife 2 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver544 eksemplarer
Reporting World War II Part One : American Journalism, 1938-1944 (1995) — Bidragyder — 427 eksemplarer
Kind dieser Zeit (1932) — Efterskrift — 35 eksemplarer
I mondi del possibile (1993) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver7 eksemplarer

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Kanonisk navn
Shirer, William L.
Juridisk navn
Shirer, William Lawrence
Mountain View Cemetery, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
Land (til kort)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Berlin, Germany
Paris, France
Coe College (BA|1925)
Murrow, Edward R. (colleague)
Lewis, Sinclair (friend)
CBS Radio
Chicago Tribune
Universal News Service
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Peabody Award (1946)
National Book Award (1961)
Carey-Thomas Award (1961)
Paul R. Reynolds
Kort biografi
William L. Shirer achieved fame as a foreign correspondent in Europe and Germany in particular during the years leading up to World War II, and again as the author of the award-winning 1960 book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.



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This book was a marathon of a read but it was so well-researched and a really informative read.
Moshepit20 | 88 andre anmeldelser | Nov 2, 2023 |
Unlike most histories, this cuts off halfway through the war, and was published in 1941 when the outcome was still undetermined. Winston Churchill and Shirer himself come out as fairly prescient prophets of doom, and there doesn't seem to have been much retrospective tweaking, just some commentary from 1941. (Later I discovered Shirer rewrote or created most of the 1934–1938 content years later, and toned down his naive admiration of Hitler c. 1935 with the benefit of hindsight.) What's notable is the feeling of being at the centre of a widening gyre, the speed with which events unfolded, the cowardly choices made by many of the politicians, and the complacency and passivity of the German people as this unfolds around them. Of course we can't help but compare this to Putin's machinations and invasions in the present day, and the similarly cowardly choices being made. One also has to imagine oneself in the thick of this, and how you yourself would act as society slowly fell apart—one would hope to be as principled as Shirer, who stuck it out attempting to broadcast what was really going on to Americans despite heavy censorship, until he recognised when the compromises were too great and packed it in, only narrowly escaping to the US.

Notes: a sense at the beginning that Hitler might back down, and we could be reading a counterfactual alternative history of Europe—but sadly no • Shirer predicts Constantine Oumansky, Soviet ambassador to the US, will come to a sticky end: "I have known many Soviet diplomats, but they have all been liquidated sooner or later." Oumansky in fact became ambassador to Mexico, and was killed in a plane crash in 1945. • Appearances by the delightfully-named isolationist Representative Ham Fish (actually Hamilton Stuyvesant Fish III) • references to the World War (meaning WWI), and one mention that this will be a "second World War" • Repeating the myth that a division of Polish cavalry made a fruitless charge against hundreds of German tanks—the Charge at Krojanty, well debunked now • encountering Phillip Johnson, an American fascist—the same Phillip Johnson who became a well-respected architect after the war, and disavowed all his silly Hitler fanboy activities (but I bet he'd have been happy to become America's Albert Speer if Hitler had won) • The Führer's favourite movies were It Happened One Night, and Gone With The Wind • watching the rise of radio journalism, and its struggle to be taken seriously by other media, rather like the Internet in its early days • Shirer escaping via unoccupied France, Barcelona, and Lisbon—just like the opening to Casablanca.
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adzebill | 17 andre anmeldelser | Oct 31, 2023 |
Ascensão e Queda do Terceiro Reich, do jornalista e escritor norte-americano William L. Shirer, é uma obra que relata a história da Alemanha nazista e é considerada uma das melhores e mais importantes sobre este assunto. Shirer, um repórter da rádio CBS, esteve na Alemanha durante muitos anos até dezembro de 1940, quando a crescente censura das suas emissões pelos Nazistas tornaram seu trabalho impraticável. Os volumes retratam de maneira incisiva os acontecimentos, em com uma narrativa ágil e brilhante.… (mere)
Twerp1231 | 88 andre anmeldelser | Oct 8, 2023 |
This is an amazing account of the Third Reich. I cheered when Hitler finally shot himself and ended the the disgusting Third Reich. I'm still stunned that anyone like him could actually take over a western state.
CMDoherty | 88 andre anmeldelser | Oct 3, 2023 |



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