Berlin Diary ("The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934–1941") is a first-hand account of the rise of Nazi Germany and its road to war, as witnessed by the American journalist William L. Shirer. Shirer, a radio reporter for CBS, covered Germany for several years until the Nazi press censors made it impossible for him to report objectively to his listeners in the United States; feeling increasingly uncomfortable, he left the country. The identities of many of Shirer's German sources were disguised to protect these people from retaliation by the German secret police, the Gestapo. The contents of this book provided much of the material for his landmark book The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.
The book, published on June 20, 1941, almost six months before Germany declared war on the United States, was "the first attempt by a big-name American journalist to shed light on what was really happening in Nazi Germany." It sold almost 600,000 copies in the first year of its publication. Simultaneously published in Canada by Ryerson Press when that country was already at war with Germany, the book was widely praised by academics and critics at the time of its publication.In 1947, End of a Berlin Diary continued and finished the story of the Third Reich, from July 20, 1944, to the Nuremberg Trials.
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date of publication: 1941
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