Re: Looking for a book: period between WWI & WWII
Originally Posted by IslandRed
Most good comprehensive World War II books cover the run-up to war. For a better look at the Europe of the 1930s, I'd recommend William Shirer's books. "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" is one of the best books of all time, IMO, and spends hundreds of pages on how the Germany of 1919 ended up as Hitler's Germany. "Berlin Diary" recounts his personal observations in the period of 1934-1941 when he was a CBS Radio correspondent stationed there. "Collapse of the Third Republic" chronicles the period between the wars in France that left them so unready to face Germany again.
My library's a little short on the Pacific side of the equation; most of the pre-war info I know comes from the comprehensive war histories.
Thank you. I feel a little obtuse for missing this one in the first place. I think I've come across this book at various times in the past, but may have told myself subconciously that I wasn't ready for the subject matter. It looks like any good reading of the period starts with this classic...wow, 1100 pages!
The length & the swastika on the cover are a bit intimidating, but this one will certainly head to the top of my "must read" list.
"I fought because I understood and could not bear to understand, that it was my destiny -- unlike that of my father, whose fate it was to hear the roar of the crowd -- to sit in the stands with most men and acclaim others. It was my fate, my destiny, my end, to be a fan."