London, The Folio Society, 2004 [first thus]/ 1959.
Octavo, four volumes; quarter black buckram and pictorial paper-covered boards; a fine set.
Lavishly illustrated plus different endpaper maps showing the advance - and retreat - of Nazi Germany. William Lawrence Shirer (1904-1993)was 'a foreign correspondent whose pioneering live trans-Atlantic radio broadcasts on the eve of World War II helped inform Americans about Nazi Germany ... While reporting the 1936 Olympics from Berlin, he was publicly condemned by Joseph Goebbels's propaganda ministry for exposing Nazi anti-Semitism. 'All Jew baiting is officially off in Germany during the Olympics,' he wrote, because Hitler meant to turn the games into 'a huge propaganda triumph.' Mr. Shirer was accused of being a 'German hater' and was threatened with expulsion.' ('New York Times', 29 December 1993).