I am currently reading William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. I find it an interesting take on Nazi Germany, particularly with its emphasis on the viewpoints afforded by the Foreign Office and other papers captured by the allies.
On the other hand, there are some parts which bug me slightly, such as Shirer's evident dislike for Ribbentrop (among other characters), which feels like it does lead him to dismiss him as a serious character from time to time. In addition, I'm aware that it is over fifty years old and not very removed from the time it is relating.
I don't think this is a reason to throw the book out with the bathwater, but I do want to ask what to watch out for:
- Are there specific or general points in which the historical consensus has moved away from Shirer's presentation?
- Are there specific aspects of the narration which have been directly challenged in the intervening years?
- More generally, is there anything to watch out for while reading it?