In 2003 he named his top ten books about Hitler and the Third Reich for the Guardian. One title on the list:
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L ShirerRead about the other entries on the list.
For me, this is the grandaddy of them all, the standard work by which all others on the subject are still measured. A brilliant and respected journalist, Shirer was actually there for much of the time and it shows. Erudite, comprehensive and detailed, always lively and readable, it is the model of what a popular narrative history should be. My own copy has been read and referred to so often it is falling apart.