Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941

Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941


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Here is the first uncensored and intimate account of Germany in the Second World War. Here is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent, in which he tells the things he saw and experienced during the seven terrible years in which Hitler rose to power and conquered most of the continent. Millions of Americans who listened to William L. Shirer's remarkable broadcasts from Berlin and other European cities can read the things that couldn't be said through censored microphones.

Nowadays, the name of William L. Shirer is virtually a household word among those interested in the study of his era. This is because of the publication in 1960 of his authoritative masterpiece, "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich".

Shirer had been virtually the only correspondent able to report on the startling events which occurred during the period 1934 to 1940, with the rise to power and eventual domination by Adolph Hitler.

Shirer had been near to Hitler during this period and he almost alone was able to report first hand on the startling events of that period. Shirer was the only Western Correspondent in Vienna on March 11, 1938 when the German Troops marched in and took over Austria. Shirer alone was the one who reported the surrender by France to Germany on June 22, 1940, even before the Germans reported it.

During this entire time, Shirer kept a diary, a record of events many of which could not be publicly reported because of censorship by the Germans. In December 1940, Shirer learned that the Germans were building a case against him for espionage, which was punishable by death. Shirer did the right thing: He escaped and fortunately was able to take most of his diary with him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9784871878814
Publisher: Ishi Press
Publication date: 09/23/2010
Pages: 646
Sales rank: 160,696
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

William L. Shirer (1904-94) was a newspaper correspondent and radio journalist in the years before and during World War II. His many books include the critically acclaimed bestseller The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, This Is Berlin, and The Nightmare Years.

Table of Contents


Foreword to the Johns Hopkins Edition
Foreword to the Original Edition
PART I Prelude to War


What People are Saying About This

Lamar Graham

"There is absolutely no better book by an American about the rise of the Third Reich. A gripping—and harrowing—view from inside Hitler's Germany."

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Berlin Diary 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a personal description, written by a caring, sensitive man, of the growing horror that was Nazism.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a pretty good book. It gives a nincite into Nazi Germany during WW2 but before the US entered the war. I would recomend for all historians to read.
harveybiggins on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent. Fascinating account of the movement of Germany towards and into war - through the eyes of American radio correspondent. Particularly strong on immediate build up to war - Munich etc - and phoney war. Also interesting on censorship of the press, and lack of French resistance to German invasion.
MrCanoe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am reallly enjoying this book. A must read for all World War II readers.
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