The Coming of the Third Reich

  • von Richard J. Evans
  • Sprecher: Sean Pratt
  • 21 Std. 10 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


There is no story in 20th-century history more important to understand than Hitler’s rise to power and the collapse of civilization in Nazi Germany. With The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard Evans, one of the world’s most distinguished historians, has written the definitive account for our time. A masterful synthesis of a vast body of scholarly work integrated with important new research and interpretations, Evans’s history restores drama and contingency to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazis, even as it shows how ready Germany was by the early 1930s for such a takeover to occur. The Coming of the Third Reich is a masterwork of the historian’s art and the book by which all others on the subject will be judged.



"[A]n impressive achievement.... [Evans'] opus will be one of the major historical works of our time." ( The Atlantic)


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Ausgezeichnete Überblick

Ich habe mir die gesamte Reihe der Bücher von Richard Evans als Hörbuch zugelegt und kann diese jedem nur empfehlen. DIe Reihe gibt einen sehr guten und detaillierten Überblick über die Geschichte und das Leben der Menschen im und um das Dritte Reich. der Fokus liegt auf dem Leben der Menschen, weniger auf den kriegerischen Handlungen was ich besonders gut finde. Ich konnte viele Dinge lernen die ich noch nicht kannte und war häufig sehr tief bewegt.
Eines der besten Hörbücher und Hör-Sachbücher welches ich kenne.
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- Nachtflug

A brilliant history

The author attempts (and succeeds!) in creating a history of the Third Reich that combines detailed narrative, analysis of trends, and moral judgment in a seamless whole. The author is not quite the prose stylist that William Shirer was, but makes up for this in the massive amount of detail he assembles and pieces together to tell the story of the incomprehensible.

Evans states in his introduction that he was inspired by several previous histories to attempt to blend their different perspectives while tapping into recent historical analysis and discoveries about the period. His description of the rise of the Third Reich goes far beyond Shirer's simplistic attribution of the rise of Hitler to the family dynamics inspired by Martin Luther, and succeeds very well in showing that Hitler's rise to power was anything but inevitable. Rather, Hitler achieved power as a result of disastrous mis-calculations of more powerful men who thought to use him as a tool -- and he was more than willing to encourage their fantasies. As Sebastian Haffner has said, Hitler possessed not the eye of an eagle, but rather than of a vulture, for siezing upon that which was about to destroy itself and exploiting it for his own ends.

I can only add that Henry Kissinger's doctoral disslertation pointed to a very similar phenomenon around the time of Napoleon, which Paul Krugman has extended to the Bush years: the people around Hitler did not stop him, because they could not believe that he rejected and intended to destroy the entire system of power distribution that they embodied. The powerful always have trouble believing that a revolutionary outsider truly means to destroy the old way of life, and continually look for a way to buy him off, only lending him power in the process.

A crucial insight, too little remarked upon, and Evans gives a vivid and at times moving account of the tragedy of this process.
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- Derek Grimmell

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  • Erscheinungsdatum: 11.02.2010
  • Verlag: Gildan Media, LLC