The Third Reich at War

The Third Reich at War An absorbing revelatory and definitive account of one of the greatest tragedies in human history Adroitly blending narrative description and analysis Richard J Evans portrays a society rushing he

  • Title: The Third Reich at War
  • Author: Richard J. Evans
  • ISBN: 9780143116714
  • Page: 355
  • Format: Paperback
  • An absorbing, revelatory, and definitive account of one of the greatest tragedies in human history Adroitly blending narrative, description, and analysis, Richard J Evans portrays a society rushing headlong to self destruction and taking much of Europe with it Interweaving a broad narrative of the war s progress from a wide range of people, Evans reveals the dynamics o An absorbing, revelatory, and definitive account of one of the greatest tragedies in human history Adroitly blending narrative, description, and analysis, Richard J Evans portrays a society rushing headlong to self destruction and taking much of Europe with it Interweaving a broad narrative of the war s progress from a wide range of people, Evans reveals the dynamics of a society plunged into war at every level The great battles and events of the conflict are here, but just as telling is Evans s re creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime At the center of the book is the Nazi extermi nation of the Jews The final book in Richard J Evan s three volume history of Hitler s Germany, hailed a masterpiece by The New York Times, The Third Reich at War lays bare the most momentous and tragic years of the Nazi regime.

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    1. Finally! I have finished reading this 3 volume tome on the history of Germany during the period of 1933 to 1945 on yesterday.The first volume The Coming of the Third Reich deals with the coming in power of the Nazi party, the second volume The Third Reich in Power is about the interesting social, political and many other dimensions of German life under the Nazi rule and, finally, the third volume describes the expansion of the Third Reich and its subsequent downfall in 1945.I liked these books f [...]

    2. Volume 3 of the trilogy. I'll put my whole review here.Massive, all encompassing view of Hitler's Germany - its social programs, its military success - a whole nation structured and subservient to a narrow ethnocentric worldview of a mad warlord.Exhausting. Evans' use of diary entries, in order to capture the thoughts of the people of Germany at the time, is heart-rending and terrifying. He is unflinching in his detail. A brilliant and terrifying look at how an organized system of terror and dea [...]

    3. The final book in Evans' Third Reich trilogy was bound to be the most crisply written, if only because the subject matter demanded it. With a long and complex war to cover in less than 800 pages, the author simply didn't have the time to expand into realms that occasionally bogged down the first two books. Evans makes clear in the introduction that this is not a book about the war itself, nor about the Holocaust. That is particularly evident in the former point. While detailed observations of th [...]

    4. (Of the three volumes, I think the first remains in all aspects the best. But the whole trilogy is excellent and a sound corrective to Kershaw. It is the best and most judicious survey of the whole topic in English that I am aware of. That said, it is a long trilogy, and it is nice to have it behind me rather than before me.)This book, as expected, is excellent -- and marks the entire trilogy as a valuable achievement. Evans is best when dealing with the more granular -- his treatment of the bro [...]

    5. The Third Reich at War: 1939-1945, by Richard J. Evans, is the final book in The History of the Third Reich trilogy, and an excellent conclusion to the series. Evans has written a magnum opus on the Nazi's rise to power (The Coming of the Third Reich), their rule (The Third Reich in Power), and finally, the world war they initiated, and eventually lost (this title). The Third Reich at War examines the Nazi's opening of the Second World War, beginning with political maneuverings before the war, H [...]

    6. Three thick volumes is the new minimum for a survey of Nazi Germany geared toward the general reader. The final installment of this series seamlessly continues the story to its conclusion, which is welcome indeed. Being steeped in Nazi history for the duration of three long books is a fatiguing exercise in misery; one can only imagine what it must have been like to actually live (or die) amongst the carnage of such a hideous moral vacuum. "The Third Reich at War" does a spectacular job answering [...]

    7. After Evans' two first books in the trilogy, this came as a disappointment. I had very high expectations to read about the conditions in the Third Reich during war, learn something new about the social, economical, political etc process that took place during the war years. Instead I got a mash-up of various topics that totally lack focus and do not add much to the historiography of the third reich.The first 400 pages, for instance, are almost wholly devoted to the war in the East and the Jewish [...]

    8. When reading this book, the third volume of Richard Evans’s massive study of the Third Reich, scenes from the TV show "The Man in the High Castle" kept flashing before my eyes. That show (based on a Philip K. Dick book) posits a Nazi victory in World War II, and depicts how the postwar Greater German Reich affects the people who live under it. The problem with Evans’s book is that it fails to paint such scenes for the actual Third Reich. Rather, it is an endless litany of dead innocents and [...]

    9. Sir Richard Evans is the leading Anglophone proponent of a certain school of history. This might be termed neo-empiricism or neo-Rankeanism. He has famously defended his approach, in somewhat curmudgeonly fashion, in his book 'In Defence of History', which is widely assigned to first year undergraduates in history departments throughout the Anglophone world (and perhaps beyond). Suffice it to say that, as an academic historian of a rather different period, I have serious methodological disagreem [...]

    10. This book is (in the words of the writer) about the Germans and Germany, not about the Second World War. Having read a lot of books about the Second World war, I have found it very refreshing and interesting. It covers a lot of topics that are usually not touched upon in a book about this area. It handles the German conquests, the treatment of the Jews and other minorites by the Nazi's, every day life for the Germans during the war and economic, social and cultural consequences. If you're into h [...]

    11. Those giving this work four or five stars can only have done so in order to have congratulated themselves on having had the persistence to slog their way through this tedious long work which is totally inept from beginning to end. The Third Reich during WWII is a very crowded field and every other work that I have read on the topic is dramatically better. William L. Shirer's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" has best focus and narrative force. Volume II of Ian Kershaw's biography of Hiltler "Ne [...]

    12. This the last volume in Evans monumental history of the Third Reich. It is a breathtakingly comprehensive, perceptive immersion in the society, government, economy, culture, everyday life, military and political figures, policies and programs of Nazi Germany during the war years. It is spellbinding - informative - hard to put down. Evans dispels myths and conventional wisdom about Hitler's Germany, the relentless racial impetus underlying the ideology, the ruthless nature of the regime. He provi [...]

    13. So, it took me roughly eight years to finish Evan's opus. His first two books (Coming of the Third Reich & Third Reich in Power) are perhaps the two best books I've read on World War 2, so I was looking forward to this last one. It didn't disappoint. I almost want to go back and read the first one again--since towards the end of the war, he comments how support for Nazism had substantially dried up throughout Germany--but I vaguely remember political charts in the first one showing how enthu [...]

    14. I genuinely ask the question, what more could anyone ask for in a 3 volume history of the Third Reich? Exceptional.

    15. 3.5 stars [History]Richard J. Evans writes a magisterial history of the Third Reich, in three volumes spanning 2,000 pages.This review will combine content from all three books: The Coming of the Third Reich (2003), The Third Reich in Power (2005), and The Third Reich at War (2008).Writing: 3 starsMy [rather complex] rating system is a bell curve, so while 3 stars out of 5 is not a very high score, it is superior to 75% of all writers. Evans writes in fairly good academic prose which almost neve [...]

    16. The last tome of Evans' historical insight into the third reich was full of details some other books lack. It does also give some insight into what was believed at some point but then corrected. An amazing read!

    17. Spoiler alert: Hitler and his goons, after an improbable rise to power and lengthy reign of terror and butchery, get their Nazi asses pounded by a seemingly infinite number of T-34s and Sherman tanks. *In the final volume of his trilogy, author Richard J. Evans recounts how Adolf Hitler launched a global conflagration that he then blamed on the Jews running the show in the U.S. and Britain, the early successes, hubris that allowed the Russians to eliminate Germany's army as an offensive force at [...]

    18. In Evans' third volume of this history set, he provides a comprehensive and precisely detailed account of the Third Reich from September 1939 through the end of the war and its aftermath. In Evans careful reporting, the horrors of the Holocaust are meticulously and clearly set on record. This is a history that cannot be forgotten. In his final paragraph, Evans writes: "The Third Reich raises in the most acute form the possibilities and consequences of the human hatred and destructiveness that ex [...]

    19. After reading Evans' third and final book on the history of the Third Reich, I understand how Hitler was able to exert such a complete command over the Reichland and its denizens, and I also have a much better idea of the duties of the historian. Evans presents the atrocities of the Nazis matter-of-factly, which makes them even more chilling in a way. It took me six weeks to read this book, because I often had to put it down after a few pages, unable to fully assimilate the magnitude of what I w [...]

    20. The death throes of the Third Reich are chronicled in the final volume of Evans' epic trilogy. The narrative stands on its own, yet continues the strengths and weaknesses of its predecessors. This is an impressively capable work of overview and synthesis. Evans references and contextualizes the major figures of Holocaust history, placing such various figures as Wladyslaw Szpilman, Oskar Schindler and Sophie Scholl in their roles in the grander drama. To anyone familiar with these people's storie [...]

    21. This book is the prodigious conclusion to the epic 3 part Nazi history by Robert J. Evans. It is interesting to compare THE THIRD REICH AT WAR with William Shirer's classic THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH to find out the effect of new records released by Russian archives. It destroys the Nazi myth of a monolithic culture of evil, to show the fallacy of a German government based on an insipid goal: to obtain living space by killing off populations and living off the stolen land and to kill J [...]

    22. It took me years to read this, largely because after finishing a volume I wanted to spend some time away from the Third Reich. Evans covers them in exhausting detail, and does something very important: he makes them human. It's far too easy to demonize these men, to turn them into the evil empire. But when we do that, we forget that these men were human. They were cowards, fools, drunks, deviants, monsters, and perhaps most frighteningly of all, normal. They had normal, human motivations. What a [...]

    23. This is the final book in a trilogy spanning Nazi Germany right through from its origins in the years after the First World War through to the end of the war in the 1945, but it's just as good as a stand-alone read. This book deals with the war itself, purely from the pespective of the Germans. It's quite interesting to read about the book from this one angle, since most histories of the period deal with the whole thing or all of the combatants or a particular front.What comes across very clearl [...]

    24. Molto bello, anche se necessariamente conciso, vista la vastità dell'argomento trattato (ed è il terzo volume di una trilogia!). Insieme a "storia del Terzo Reich" di Shirer, l'ideale punto di partenza per chi si avvicina all'argomento. Raccomandato.

    25. This is really good book about Third Reich but I can't agree with some opinions and facts in it.Especially related to Poland (which history I know best). For example:- Russian attitude towards Warsaw Uprising- Only in Yugoslavia partisans movement started few months after German occupations. Really?What about ZWZ and AK the biggest underground state in Europe.- It's true that some Polish people helped Germans oppress Judes butthere were many organizations (like ZEGOTA) and much more people which [...]

    26. The author's successful attempt at a relatively unjudgemental treatment of an extraordinary period of time and stream of events. A very, very good piece of written historical documentary.I listened to this and the 2nd volume in the series, The Third Reich in Power via Audible. The narration is clear, relentless and unambiguous. The author collates and digests what must have amounted to vast quantities of data to give a taut, dense, gritty feel to his histories. The visceral, gutsy way he treats [...]

    27. A well-researched and well-written account of Germany from the inside during the war, how the Nazi party kept the propaganda going during the war, and how it crumbled and died. Also surprising facts about how members of Hitler's inner circle were actually working to preserve German industry for the country's survival after the war. Gut-wrenching at times, but well worth the read to understand a little better what was in the minds of the people as Germany crumbled around them.

    28. This book is a sweeping overview of the Third Reich during the Second World War. For history buffs, much of this will be cursory, but for anyone coming to the topic for the first time Evans' book is an informative and highly readable account of the machinery of evil in action. As a trilogy, I would say it supplements (but could not replace) Shirer's magisterial work on the rise and fall of Nazi Germany.

    29. Finished book three exactly a year after starting book one. This was an immensely rewarding project, making sense of the most important story of the 20th century in a way that conveys not just what happened, but *how*, and how it was possible. If you've only studied WWII and the Third Reich in high school, I strongly recommend taking on Evans' great trilogy as an adult -- it's really an immeasurable aid to understanding.

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