Berlin Diary

Berlin Diary

The Journal of A Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941

Streaming Audiobook - 2011
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By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent. CBS radio broadcaster William L. Shirer was virtually unknown in 1940 when he decided there might be a book in the diary he had kept in Europe during the 1930s-specifically those sections dealing with the collapse of the European democracies and the rise of Nazi Germany. Shirer was the only Western correspondent in Vienna on March 11, 1938, when the German troops marched in and took over Austria, and he alone reported the surrender by France to Germany on June 22, 1940, even before the Germans reported it. The whole time, Shirer kept 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, an offense punishable by death. Fortunately, Shirer escaped and was able to take most of his diary with him. Berlin Diary first appeared in 1941, and the timing was perfect. The energy, the passion, and the electricity in it were palpable. The book was an instant success, and it became the frame of reference against which thoughtful Americans judged the rush of events in Europe. It exactly matched journalist to event: the right reporter in the right place at the right time. It stood, and still stands, as so few books have ever done, a pure act of journalistic witness.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781441734150
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (960 min.)) : digital


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Nov 13, 2013

We've all heard about Hitler's build up, invasion of Czechoslovakia and Poland, the loss of Paris, the Dunkirk disaster, and the rest of the early stages of WWII -- from London's and Washington DC's point of view. Right? But what if you, an American patriot, lived in Berlin while all this was happening? Did you ever wonder what would it would have been like to live in Berlin from 1934 to December 1940? Such a thing would provide a different and enlightening perspective. And you can in fact live it out yourself, retrospectively, with the aid of William Shirer's Berlin Diary. Shirer did a frequent audio broadcast direct to the USA from Berlin, reporting the facts on the ground there. His broadcasts were done under the thumb of Nazi censors -- everything he said had to be written out first and approved -- but that censorship is lifted in his notes. It's WWII from the Berlin perspective. Not pedantic; this is the real deal. Enlightening, entertaining, and instructive. An adventure war mystery in progress. One that you know how it ends. A series of short stories, as they happened, best taken in audio format. Recommended.


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