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A Native’s Return, 1945–1988

Twentieth Century Journey Series: Book #3
By William L. Shirer
Narrated by Grover Gardner / 21 hours 21 minutes

The prominent journalist, historian, and author—an eyewitness to some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century—tells the story of his final years.

In this last book of a three-volume series, William L. Shirer recounts his return to Berlin after the Third Reich’s defeat. Having fled Berlin and imminent arrest by the Gestapo in 1940, Shirer returned to Europe in October 1945 to verify the facts of the Fuhrer’s death, thus bringing to a close—or so he thought—his involvement with the Third Reich.

He describes his return to his homeland and his ensuing careers as a broadcast journalist and author. He describes the McCarthy years and how the blacklist affected his own network, CBS.

More personal than the first two volumes, this final installment takes an unflinching look at the author’s own struggles after World War II, his shocking firing by CBS News, and his final visit to Paris sixty years after he first lived there as a cub reporter in the 1920s. Here is also his vindication after the publication of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, his most acclaimed work. It also provides intimate details of his often-troubled marriage, and it paints a bittersweet picture of his final decades, friends lost to old age, and a changing world.

This book gives listeners a surprising and moving account of the last years of a true historian—and an important witness to history.


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Twentieth Century Journey Series Series

The Start, 1904–1930
The Start, 1904–1930
William L. Shirer
The Nightmare Years, 1930–1940
The Nightmare Years, 1930–1940
William L. Shirer
A Native’s Return, 1945–1988
A Native’s Return, 1945–1988
William L. Shirer
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Narrator Grover Gardner
ISBN 9781094060873
Length 21 hours 21 minutes
Language English
Publisher Blackstone Publishing
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres Biography & Memoir, History & Nonfiction
Libro.fm rank #55,808 Overall
Genre rank #3,658 in History