copyright 1960; Simon and Schuster publishers, New York; thick hardbound book with olive green and black boards and gilt lettering on cover and spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket poor condition.
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany is a book by William L. Shirer chronicling the rise and fall of Nazi Germany from the birth of Adolf Hitler in 1889 to the end of World War II in 1945. It was first published in 1960, by Simon & Schuster in the United States, where it won a National Book Award. It was a bestseller in both the United States and Europe, and a critical success outside Germany; in Germany, criticism of the book stimulated sales. The book was feted by journalists, as reflected by its receipt of the National Book Award for non-fiction. But the reception from academic historians was mixed.
Rise and Fall is based upon captured Nazi documents, the available diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, General Franz Halder, and of the Italian Foreign Minister Galeazzo Ciano, evidence and testimony from the Nuremberg trials, British Foreign Office reports, and the author's recollection of six years reporting on Nazi Germany for newspapers, the United Press International (UPI), and CBS Radio—terminated by Nazi Partycensorship in 1940. The work was written and initially published in four parts, but a larger one-volume edition has become more common. This is the larger one-volume edition.