Recommended Authors – Recommended Books: History
William Leonard Shirer (1904-1993) was an American journalist and broadcaster who worked in Europe in the years before the Second World War.
William L. Shirer wrote two books which SPPIT.org considers to be essential reading for anyone interested in 20th century history:
The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany – published in 1960
The Collapse of the Third Republic: An Enquiry Into The Fall Of France In 1940 – published in 1969
Here are some websites with more information on William L. Shirer;
Here are some videos of William L. Shirer:
A 1945 U.S. Army film about the Hitler Youth
First radio broadcast of CBS World News Roundup 13 March 1938, featuring Edward R. Murrow, William L. Shirer and Robert Trout
A 1950’s CBS radio broadcast of William L. Shirer, hosted by Edward R. Murrow
A 2009 lecture on “Eric Sevareid, William L. Shirer And The Invention Of Broadcast News” by Bismarck State College
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