The National Book Awardâ€“winning historianâ€™s â€śvivid and movingâ€ť eyewitness account of the fall of France to Hitlerâ€™s Third Reich at the outset of WWII (The New York Times).
As an international war correspondent and radio commentator during World War II, William L. Shirer didnâ€™t just research the fall of France. He was there. In just six weeks, he watched the Third Reich topple one of the worldâ€™s oldest military powersâ€”and institute a rule of terror and paranoia. Based on in-person conversations with the leaders, diplomats, generals, and ordinary citizens who both shaped the events and lived through them, Shirer constructs a compelling account of historical events without losing sight of the human experience.
From the heroic efforts of the Freedom Fighters to the tactical military misjudgments that caused the fall and the daily realities of life for French citizens under Nazi rule, this fascinating and exhaustively documented account brings this significant episode of history to life.
â€śThis is a companion effort to Shirerâ€™s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, also voluminous but very readable, reflecting once again both Shirerâ€™s own experience and an enormous mass of historical material well digested and assimilated.â€ť â€”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)