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The final volume in Richard J. Evans?s masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a ?people?s community? to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler?s campaign of racial subjugation and genocide

Already hailed as ?a masterpiece? (William Grimes in The New York Times) and ?the most comprehensive history? of the Third Reich? (Ian Kershaw), this epic trilogy reaches its terrifying climax in this volume.

Evans interweaves a broad narrative of the war?s progress with viscerally affecting personal testimony from a wide range of people?from generals to front-line soldiers, from Hitler Youth activists to middle-class housewives. The Third Reich at War lays bare the dynamics of a nation more deeply immersed in war than any society before or since. Fresh insights into the conflict?s great events are here, from the invasion of Poland to the Battle of Stalingrad to Hitler?s suicide in the bunker. But just as important is the re-creation of the daily experience of ordinary Germans in wartime, staggering under pressure from Allied bombing and their own government?s mounting demands upon them. At the center of the book is the Nazi extermination of Europe?s Jews, set in the context of Hitler?s genocidal plans for the racial restructuring of Europe.

Blending narrative, description and analysis, The Third Reich at War creates an engrossing picture?at once sweeping and precise?of a society rushing headlong to self-destruction and taking much of Europe with it. It is the culmination of a historical masterwork that will remain the most authoritative work on Nazi Germany for years to come.

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"Describing the Third Reich from the height of its power to its collapse, Evans concludes the masterful trilogy that began with The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich in Power. As in those works, Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich's history and of the enormous historical literature. The account is peppered with insightful anecdotes drawn from diaries, letters and speeches. What comes across most clearly is the supreme arrogance of the Nazis and the utterly rapacious character of their rule. Evans gives the Holocaust the centrality it deserves, while also depicting effectively the suffering of Poles and many others under Nazi domination. Evans offers a nuanced picture of the lives of Germans, but ultimately, he suggests, the Nazis' racial ideology thoroughly corrupted German society. Evans narrates the Reich's end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans's fellow historians as well as a broader public will read this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author's narrative powers. Illus., maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The Third Reich is the historian's Rorschach test. Everyone agrees that Hitler's Reich was evil almost beyond measure, but when it comes to defining the essence of and reasons for this evil, we tend to see what we bring to the question. Historians have concluded that the crimes of Hitler's Reich were the result of too much democracy, or too little; too much Christianity, or too little; too much sex,... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

The final volume in Evans's masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a people's community to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler's campaign of racial subjugation and genocide.

Synopsis:

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 extermi­nation 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.

About the Author

Richard J. Evans is professor of modern history at Cambridge University. His previous books include In Defense of History, Lying About Hitler, and the companions to this title, The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich in Power.

Table of Contents

The Third Reich At War List of Illustrations

List of Maps

Preface

1. 'Beasts in Human Form'

Lightning Victory

The New Racial Order

'A Dreadful Rabble'

'Life Unworthy of Life'

2. Fortunes of War

'The Work of Providence'

'Pathological Ambition'

Operation Barbarossa

In the Tracks of Napoleon

3. 'The Final Solution'

'No Pity, Nothing'

Launching Genocide

The Wannsee Conference

'Like Sheep to the Slaughter'

4. The New Order

The Sinews of War

'No Better Off Than Pigs'

Under the Nazi Heel

Total War

5. 'The Beginning of the End'

Germany in Flames

The Long Retreat

'Hell Has Broken Out'

A New 'Time of Struggle'

6. German Moralities

Fear and Guilt

Cultures of Destruction

Deadly Science

Resistance

7. Downfall

'A Last Spark of Hope'

'We'll Take A World With Us'

The Final Defeat

Aftermath

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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eglazier, August 15, 2009 (view all comments by eglazier)
This is one of those works that attempts to answer, and does, how a lawful,civilized society with generally deep religious faith could have been turned into a natioal killing machine. the work also describes in some detail who did the killing, how much they did, and how they did it.

the lessions are to be well taken, for now, during this political fight over healthcare in the u.s., one can easily see how, by the use of the big lie repeated over and over again, a normally civilized and mostly genteel society can be panicked into doing and saying things that are at best outlandish and working against their own interest and at worst the chance for our society to go down a path from which there would be no return.

though the pundits repeat constantly that it could never happen here, one need only listen to the violent hatred spewed by many; plain citizens, radio and tv talking heads, and some of our elected politicians, to understand that it can.

we have seen this happen before in our history, with a close example during the 1930s when we had father coughlin spewing hatred, the famous like charles lindbergh and joe kenedy praising the rise of the nazis in germany because they were doing something to rid their country of 'undesireables'. mussolini was praiseworthy because he made the trains run on time, all the while he was clamping down on freedom in italy. our country in some ways is easily led to disaster. i do not believe it will happen now, but it is easy to see the beginnings of such a pathway.
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Would it be too much to ask for Powell's to proofread reviews before putting them online? The review of this particular book is riddled with typos! There really is no excuse for not proof reading.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781594202063
Subtitle:
1939-1945
Author:
Evans, Richard J
Author:
Evans, Richard J.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Germany Armed Forces History.
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany.
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20100223
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page b/w photo insert on insert stock
Pages:
944
Dimensions:
9.32x6.48x1.90 in. 2.93 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Describing the Third Reich from the height of its power to its collapse, Evans concludes the masterful trilogy that began with The Coming of the Third Reich and The Third Reich in Power. As in those works, Evans demonstrates a fluent style and a sweeping grasp of the Third Reich's history and of the enormous historical literature. The account is peppered with insightful anecdotes drawn from diaries, letters and speeches. What comes across most clearly is the supreme arrogance of the Nazis and the utterly rapacious character of their rule. Evans gives the Holocaust the centrality it deserves, while also depicting effectively the suffering of Poles and many others under Nazi domination. Evans offers a nuanced picture of the lives of Germans, but ultimately, he suggests, the Nazis' racial ideology thoroughly corrupted German society. Evans narrates the Reich's end in gripping fashion as the Allies closed in on Germany. Evans's fellow historians as well as a broader public will read this work, not quite with pleasure, for there is little joy in this story, but with admiration for the author's narrative powers. Illus., maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The final volume in Evans's masterly trilogy on the history of Nazi Germany traces the rise and fall of German military might, the mobilization of a people's community to serve a war of conquest, and Hitler's campaign of racial subjugation and genocide.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 extermi­nation 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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