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by William L. Shirer

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1240. The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Inquiry into the Fall of France in 1940, by William L. Shirer (7 Sep 1973) This book is not very well-written, and of course it has a depressing subject. I was too familiar with most of it to enjoy it. I had hoped the events of the 1930s with which I am not too familiar would be interesting but the treatment of them was rather superficial. Shirer is a newspaperman, not a historian. ( )
  Schmerguls | Mar 30, 2009 |
Impressive account of the turbulent history of France in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The weeks immediately before the outbreak of war in 1939 and of the invasion of France the following year are covered in great detail, and it makes for gripping, if exasperating reading. One is left with the impression that the Vichy era was a logical consequence to the social unrest of the 1930s rather than the aberration that it was for so long claimed to be. Shirer still packs a punch, even after nearly forty years. ( )
  cappybear | Mar 1, 2009 |
definitive story of the Fall of France in 1940 from a war correspondant's perspective. a complete review of the European social and political world from the Peace of Versailles to the German lightning victory ( )
  robertg69 | Dec 19, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671203371, Hardcover)

On June 17, 1940 William L. Shirer stood in the streets of Paris and watched the unending flow of gray German uniforms along its boulevards. In just six lovely weeks in the spring and summer of 1940 a single battle brought down in total military defeat one of the world's oldest, greatest, and most civilized powers—the second mightiest empire on earth and the possessor of one of the finest military machines ever assembled. How did it happen? After nearly a decade of research in the massive archives left from World War II and after hundreds of conversations with the Third Republic’s leaders, generals, diplomats, and ordinary citizens, Shirer presents the definitive answer in his stunning re-creation of why and how France fell before Hitler's armies in 1940. His book is also a devastating examination of the confusion, corruption, and cynicism that drained the strength and toughness of a democracy which Thomas Jefferson once called "every man's second country." This book complements and completes the dramatic story of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and continues to rank as one of the most important works of history of our time.

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After setting the stage with a look at the founding of the Republic in 1871, describes the political, social, and religious divisions in the country, the "Maginot Line complex" growing out of military trust in a defensive war, and the deleterious effect of the tragedy of World War I.… (more)

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