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The definitive account of Germany's malign transformation under Hitler's total rule and the implacable march to war. This magnificent second volume of Richard J. Evans's three-volume history of Nazi Germany was hailed by Benjamin Schwartz of The Atlantic Monthly as "the definitive English-language account... gripping and precise." It chronicles the incredible story of Germany's radical reshaping under Nazi rule. As those who were deemed unworthy to be counted among the German people were dealt with in increasingly brutal terms, Hitler's drive to prepare Germany for the war that he saw as its destiny reached its fateful hour in September 1939.

The Third Reich in Power is the fullest and most authoritative account yet written of how, in six years, Germany was brought to the edge of that terrible abyss.

©2006 Richard J. Evans (P)2010 Gildan Media Corp

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“[Evans’s] three-volume history... is shaping up to be a masterpiece. Fluidly narrated, tightly organized and comprehensive." (William Grimes, The New York Times)

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Masterful scholarship.

A true deep dive into the Nazi Party's seizure of power and subsequent path to WW2. Heavily detailed with countless references and facts.

Low on opinions, heavy on truths.

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  • Maria
  • 14-08-2010

Great book, annoying narrator

This is a thorough and well-organized history of post Weimar Republic Germany before the actual outbreak of war. My only gripe would be the narrator, who often pauses mid-sentence (not at a comma) and reminds one of a high school student. He mispronounces even some common words. To top it off, he narrates with a sarcastic tone which makes his mediocre reading ability even more annoying. BTW, you won't notice these things in your "sample listening." It will take you about an hour of listening for him to really begin getting on your nerves.

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  • Amanda
  • 30-12-2011

A great historical work, well-narrated

I am working my way through listening to the whole Evans' trilogy. It is good historical scholarship and a well-written narrative history of the Third Reich. As an audio-book, the narrator is generally pretty good - I have no problems listening to his narration and I have found the first two volumes (yet to listen to the third) excellent.

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  • Papa.Jack
  • 22-12-2010

Good but annoying

I agree with the other reviewer regarding the reader. This book needs a second edition update - not read by Sean Pratt. If you can get past the herky-jerky narration then it's worthwhile but I'm off to my local Library for the other two volumes.

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  • Mike From Mesa
  • 18-09-2010

A catalog of horrors

The second book in Richard Evans' trilogy of Nazi Germany.

As if the horrors detailed in the first volume were not enough, Mr Evans details the gradual erosion of the individual rights of all Germans and the complete indifference showed by most to that loss of freedom and especially to the loss of liberty and dignity of the persecuted minorities. An outstanding book that should be read by all.

As with the first volume, my only complaint is the flat and uninspired reading of Sean Pratt. But even that is not enough to cause this wonderful book to lose a star. As after reading the first volume, I will purchase the next as soon as I can gather the courage to listen to another, more brutal, list of horrors.

One can only wonder what those responsible for not stopping the Nazis when they had the power told themselves after the fact. Did Chamberlain ever have to deal with what he helped create? Or Baldwin? Or others in the British and French governments who could have stopped the Nazi horror in its cradle? Did those people who continually ignored Churchill's warnings ever have to face up to what they helped create?

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  • Adeliese Baumann
  • 10-11-2012

Excellent text in need of better narrator

Evans' trilogy is a significant contribution to what is available in English. Yes, it is quite detailed and specific: obviously some readers do not require so much detail. But that is precisely why I have gotten so much from Evans' work. I've been a student of German history for decades and am always looking to learn something new. The author's knowledge of the German language allows him to delve into primary sources, not just rehash the same old stuff.

Getting through the series was difficult for me, not because of the writing style, but due to the content itself. The events and stories are told in living color. Often they are horrific and heart-breaking, and at times utterly incomprehensible and disturbing. In my opinion, Evans handles the subject matter well, neither holding back nor resorting to hyperbole.

Another difficulty with getting through the series is the narration. I was not thrilled with Sean Pratt's reading of Vol. 1, "The Coming of the Third Reich," and if anything, I am less so here. I would hope that a reader of a book about Nazi Germany would have at least a basic competence in pronouncing German names.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2011

Gets very bogged down in the details

The first book is worth listening to, especially if you've already read Shirer's "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich." It gives a different view that Shirer's--more detailes in some forms, less detailed in others.

This book ("The Third Reich in Power") is terminally boring, especially in the middle two sections. Listening to hour after hour of the administrative pettiness of the Nazis may be very interesting to a sociologist, but the vast majority of history buffs can probably skip it. The fourth part, getting into the foreign policy during the 30s, finally gets interesting again.


Also, as has been said before, the reader is simply AWFUL. It sounds as if this is the first time he's seen the material, he inserts random pauses, mispronunciations, etc. Just awful.

Still looking forward to the third book.

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  • D. Heard
  • 10-11-2011

Leaves me wanting for more

As with the first of this series I found the information to be quite interesting. I have since read Storm of war and No Simple Victory to supplement my knowledge.

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  • Rebecca
  • 05-12-2010

How can it happen?

I selected this book because of being curious how the Nazi's gained power and how such insanity took over. I was not disappointed. This is the first of a trilogy about Nazi Germany written by an English history professor. It's fairly new (2004) and examines many aspects of German politics, society, art, education, science leading up to and post World War I. I knew that the WWI defeat of Germany and the subsequent treatment, followed by the Great Depression were part of what enabled Hitler and his Nazi party to take over. However, Evans also covers general apathy, and how nobody thought this uneducated, unrefined man could take over. Also, others simply went along to avoid being beaten and tortured during the oncoming reign of terror. I immediately got the 2nd volume, and I'm sure the 3rd will follow after that. Very textured book - I kept stopping and looking up various people who were described or quoted.

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  • CodyPeacock12349
  • 14-03-2021

FANTASTIC

An absolutely fantastic book on the Third Reich from 1933-1939 right as the war with Poland breaks out. You could hardly find a more entertaining yet detailed account of pre-war Nazi Germany. It talks about everything from every facet of life from the military to the economy to the night of broken glass to negotiations with the French and British. I definitely recommend this. This trilogy is the best there is on the Third Reich.

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  • Dan
  • 04-09-2020

Detailed yet digestible

Whether or not you have read William L Shirer’s work, Evans’ Third Reich in Power (part 2 of a series) is a must for both experienced researchers and novice historians. Going far beyond previous efforts, including Shirer, Evans has captured every detail of social, economic and political life under the Third Reich. More than simply a narrative of events, Evans frequently draws on the personal experiences of those who lived under the regime to add emotion and context. An essential addition to the library of anyone interested in the disastrous chain that led to war in 1939.

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  • Phillip Lawrence
  • 04-04-2016

Very thorough account

Detailed background of how the Third Reich built and led Europe to war

Very disappointing narration, mainly put off by the accent and pronunciation of repetitive words and phrases

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  • Rolf Bonde Bondeson
  • 27-06-2011

What you did not know, very interesting

The two first books on Third reich is very interesting with lots of details. A must be for any one interested in why it became very bad in 30'ties and 40'ties.
Narrator is very good, but should take a basic course in german pronounciation. Who have ever heard of Gehring oh dear it is Herman Göring, took me long time to figure out. Could be ok in US or Isles, but not on the continent

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  • Hudds Man
  • 25-11-2014

Great Writing, dreadful reading

Would you consider the audio edition of The Third Reich in Power to be better than the print version?

Probably Not

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sean Pratt?

Somebody who can actually read English. The mid-phrase pauses were very distracting and made some parts very difficult to follow. Mr Pratt seriously needs to learn how to pronounce basic English words such as quay.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Understand why it happened.

Any additional comments?

The whole series provided a great insight into the Third Reich. Generally very well written but the reading was very poor indeed.

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  • BlueZen99
  • 26-08-2020

Good Listen

An informative and very well narrated audio book which I enjoyed. However, Mr Evans can’t help but call Hitler and others silly childish names. Most authors do this about the Nazis. I have bought the trilogy and they are all very good but I do believe that Mr Evans could learn a lot from David Irving who does not get involved in stupid name calling and this allows his books to flow much better in my opinion. In the 1st of the trilogy he suggests Hess was not very bright. The man flew to Scotland for his first parachute jump and landed close to where he wanted. That’s pretty bright in my opinion. He was 47 at the time. Not a young man.

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  • Ms. T. L. Robinson
  • 02-07-2020

Wonderful

A masterpiece from a truly brilliant author. Sir Richard fills the book with amazing statistics covering every aspect of life in the Third Reich. Now onto the last book in this magnificent trilogy.

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  • Kwarbs M
  • 16-04-2020

Brilliant insight

This has to be the most detailed, informative breakdown of the years From hitlers chancellorship to the declaration of war in autumn of 1939. Fair play to the narrator for the hours and hours of narration. Definite future book of reference.
Highly recommended

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  • Sandra Jackson
  • 10-08-2019

Excellent and detailed history of Nazi Germany

Professor Evans gives both a sweeping and in depth picture of Nazi Germany in the years 1933 to 1939. This is an essential book for anyone who is trying to understand the roots of World War 2 and how Hitler established himself as a dictator.

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  • Steve26
  • 30-03-2019

Great and terrifying book.

Evans brings to life the full horror of the nazi regime, even against its own people before it began the war. A valuable book.

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  • Clive
  • 16-06-2018

Utterly superb

This is the second volume of three.

Utterly absorbing listen. Great depth and breadth, a masterpiece.

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  • LolaB
  • 17-11-2018

With Trump in Power a 'Must Read'

Prof Evans is a maven of Nazism with a solid analytical approach and review. Detailed, precise and depressingly prescient. The logical picking apart of the 3rd Reich in Power has echoes for the challenges faced by Democratic States concerned by the Behaviour of the US President. A vital read

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