Why this book?
Berlin was at the centre of Nazi Europe and is invariably at the heart of my novels, including Agent in Berlin. I’m fascinated by Berlin and I try to get beyond the obvious aspects of the city and give a sense of what life was like on a daily basis. I have chosen this book by William Shirer, an American journalist based in the city from 1934 and who only left after Pearl Harbor. The book combines the sharp observations of a journalist with an eye for fascinating detail, such as the nuanced wording of the death notices of soldiers and the impact of rationing on the population.
Berlin Diary, 1934-1941: The Rise of the Third Reich
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What is this book about?
Berlin Diary, 1934-1941 : The Rise of the Third Reich: As chief of Universal News Service's Berlin office and later a broadcaster for CBS, William L. Shirer witnessed and recorded the rise to international power of Hitler and the Nazis. This is Shirer's diary of events between 1934 and 1941.