The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany is a book by the journalist William L. Shirer, in which the author chronicles the rise and fall of Nazi Germany from the birth of Adolf Hitler in 1889 to the end of World War II in Europe in 1945. It was first published in 1960, by Simon & Schuster in the United States. 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,[2] but the reception from academic historians was mixed.

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Cover of the first edition
AuthorWilliam L. Shirer
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectNazi Germany
GenreHistory
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
October 17, 1960[1]
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)
Pages1,245
ISBN0-671-72868-7 (1990 paperback)
OCLC22888118

The book is based upon captured Nazi documents, the available diaries of propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, of 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 his six years in Germany (from 1934 to 1940) as a journalist, reporting on Nazi Germany for newspapers, the United Press International (UPI), and CBS Radio. The work was written and initially published in four parts, but a larger one-volume edition has become more common.