Books by William L. Shirer

Released: Nov. 15, 1999

"A less than ideal presentation, then, for an important American commentary on life in Nazi Germany."
An often gripping, but seriously under-edited, series of the famed correspondent's news reports for CBS radio, published for the first time. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1994

"EWSLUGAN Wilson's Tolstoy isn't challenged here by Shirer; it remains the best portrait of the man and the work and the marriage, the troika without any one part of which nothing seems to really move forward."
Given the Tolstoys' voluminous, unsparing, often shared, and ultimately rather deranged diaries, writing about this prizefight of a union is not much harder than simply showing up at ringside. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 26, 1989

"A fine, fitting conclusion to an important work of autobiography."
This third and final installment of the author/broadcaster's memoirs examines in human terms the forces that shaped the history of the past five decades. Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 1984

"Shirer is still pained, still jubilant—and, on a private level, both frank and gracious."
The rise of the Third Reich achingly relived; the foreign correspondent's calling displayed. Read full book review >
GANDHI by William L. Shirer
Released: Jan. 1, 1980

"None of this is new; some of it is blinkered, some is extraneous; but enough of it is vivid to impress upon latecomers the worldwide force of Gandhi's example."
As a young foreign correspondent, Shirer reported briefly on Gandhi—but the year was 1931, when India's struggle for independence peaked and Gandhi scored perhaps his greatest political success. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 1976

"At the close he's off to Gandhi's India and what may be a more inspiring volume two."
Foreign correspondent Shirer, it can conventionally be said, had led a full, rich life—at least from the age of twenty-one when, as a "raw Iowa youth," late editor of the Coe College Cosmos, he landed a job on the fabled Paris Tribune, never to go home again. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1969

"The subject matter lacks the same fascination-repulsion which propelled so many readers through the numerous pages of Rise and Fall, but Collapse should also achieve a good measure of critical and popular success."
This is a companion effort to Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960), also voluminous but very readable, reflecting once again both Shirer's own experience and an-enormous mass of historical material well digested and assimilated. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1962

"There's a sense of drama, an economy of words."
Excitement, suspense surrounding the biggest naval hunt of World War II, combine to make this one of the tops in this series, a book one reads with sustained excitement. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 1961

"A knowledgeable dramatic account."
This is an important book recommended for every awakening teenager and guaranteed to capture and sustain profound attention from the first to the last page. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 1960

"As November choice of the Book-of-the-Month, it should be an immediate success."
This is an extraordinarily interesting piece of the history of our times, made possible first by the fact that an excellent reporter was on the scene and lived through much of it, second by the wealth of primary source material secured at the time of the defeat and fall of the Third Reich. Read full book review >
THE CONSUL'S WIFE by William L. Shirer
Released: April 3, 1956

"Shirer's gifts lie more in the realm of reporting than creative writing, and the book carries none of the assured tone of the professional novelist."
A story of an uprising in a Sikh province of India, before the British withdrawal and of the part played in it by the Leightons, he the American consul, and Ilka, the consul's wife, a lovely Hungarian. Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 1955

"What he has set out to do- present the 'challenge' he has done- admirably."
Some years ago Marquis Childa' The Middle Way fascinated the American reading public with the program then getting under way in Sweden. Read full book review >
STRANGER COME HOME by William L. Shirer
Released: May 27, 1954

"Let's hope that some who refuse to recognize what is happening, as reported in the daily press, will find it more convincing when recorded in human terms in a novel."
Factual transcripts and autobiographical records of American citizens accused by Congressional investigatory committees have — for many readers — scooped the market, explored the interest, broadened the understanding of the conflicting and continuous stream of news stories and commentary. Read full book review >
MID-CENTURY JOURNEY by William L. Shirer
Released: May 16, 1952

"Shirer's name carries weight to counterbalance a public apathy towards books that make us think."
The author of turns his perceptive eye and mind on the Europe of 1950-51, at the mid century mark. Read full book review >
THE TRAITOR by William L. Shirer
Released: Nov. 3, 1950

"In exposition, in description, in reporting, The Traitor vigorously gives us back bleak memories; in plot structure and characterization, it bears the marks of a partially mastered technique in the making."
This is the kind of first novel it was almost inevitable Willian Shirer would write. Read full book review >
END OF A BERLIN DIARY by William L. Shirer
Released: Sept. 22, 1947

"Exciting- newsworthy- important."
One of the publishing events of the year- sorry we are so late reporting it! Read full book review >
Released: June 20, 1941

"A book for public libraries, bookshops, rental libraries."
Here's the answer to those who have wondered whether Shirer's veiled allusions on the air, speaking from Berlin, have cloaked pro-Nazi sympathies. Read full book review >