Berlin Diary (1941)


"We've Taken a Comfortable Studio Flat in the Tauenzienstrasse. The Owner, A Jewish Sculptor, Says He Is Getting Off for England While the Getting Is Good--Probably a Wise Man."

Shirer, William L. Berlin Diary. The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent 1934-1941. New York and London: Alfred A. Knopf, 1941.

Octavo. Hardcover. Book Club Edition.

Book Club edition of William Shirer's important diaries about life in Berlin in the lead-up to and early years of World War II, in the original dust jacket. "This is the diary of an American journalist who late in 1937 became the Continental European representative of the Columbia Broadcasting System. After August 1939 he made his headquarters in Berlin and most of his entries are dated from there. Some of his most exciting passages, however, were written in Vienna at the time of the Anschluss, in Czechoslovakia just before Munich, in Danzig and Poland on the eve of the war, and in Belgium and France under German occupation... In this book he reveals many of the things which he was not allowed to divulge over the ether. Altogether this is one of the most illuminating and readable books that have come out of the war" (Foreign Affairs).  Book Club edition with slug on rear board. Published the same year as the first with "First Edition" on the copyright page. With Book of the Month Club newsletter laid in. Owner signature. Book fine, dust jacket with a bit of wear and slightest soiling to extremities and very mild toning to spine. A near-fine copy.

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