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  •  Fair points (none)
    and no offence taken. I posted again, though, because of the importance that I attach to this prime lesson of history that has become clearer to me as I have become older (I was five at the end of the war). Hitler's Germany is any country, anytime without vigilance.
    •  Recommended reading (4.00)
      Welshman said: Hitler's Germany is any country, anytime without vigilance.

      He's right. I recommended reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, by William L. Shirer, all 1200+ pages of it.

      Description (swiped from a web site somewhere):
      "Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer's monumental study of Hitler's German Empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of this century's blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic."

      It's one of the best popular histories of the time and is still in print. Academics spurned it because it was written without millions of footnotes, but Shirer was a journalist, and knew how to tell the story well. He drew heavily on his years of living in and covering Europe, as well as on English and American sources.

      I knew him for the last dozen or so years of his life, and I am here to tell you that the man had research materials up the wazoo! The house was full of them.

      He was cantankerous, opinionated, and one of the first to broadcast live from Europe. Ed Murrow later outshone him, but Bill was earlier. He was a master of the throwaway line: "I introduced Gandhi to Ed Snow once, but they didn't get along."

      (The character of the newspaperman in the movie "Gandhi" was a combination of Bill and someone from the NYTimes.)

      Or, my favorite, describing something in Paris just after the end of the war: "We went over to the Crillon because Hemingway had just gotten thrown out of the Ritz."

      Read the book. You'll be glad of it.

      There's a nice-ninny priest/at tea in everyone,/all cozy and chatty as auntie,/but a saint comes/and throws rocks through the window. -- John Ciardi

      by Mnemosyne on Wed Jan 26, 2005 at 06:48:38 PM PST

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      •  I did and... (none)
        you are right. It was a large tome but also a good read nonetheless. For someone who firsts approaches the history of the Third Reich, A+. One complaint however: it was kind of difficult  balancing that sucker while lying in the bathtub.

        "In the event of the rapture, I'm taking your car."

        by shaking my head in Ottawa on Wed Jan 26, 2005 at 07:55:28 PM PST

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