Hitler and Nazi Germany - Book List

The literature on Hitler and the Nazis is vast! Every facet of the movement and the regime, from the design of uniforms, badges and flags to the reasons for and the implications of the Holocaust, has been written about in exhaustive detail and the flow of books and articles on this subject seems to increase with the passage of time.

In putting together a book list which is at the same time useful but not overwhelmingly long I have confined myself to books which I have read and found insightful. This list is not intended to be comprehensive and I have probably omitted books which you might feel are essential, but I have tried to include books which are in print and/or fairly easy to obtain from bookshops and libraries.


Burleigh, M. The Third Reich: A New History
London: Macmillan, 2000

Rees, L. The Nazis: A Warning from History
London: BBC Books, 1997

Kershaw, I. The 'Hitler Myth': Image and Reality in the Third Reich
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989


Freeman, M. Atlas of Nazi Germany: A Political, Economic and Social Anatomy of the Third Reich - 2nd ed. 1995
London: Longman, 1995

Gilbert, M. Atlas of the Holocaust
Oxford: Pergamon, 1988

Overy, R.J. The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Third Reich
London: Penguin, 1996

Taylor, J. & Shaw, W. A Dictionary of the Third Reich
London: Grafton, 1987


Beevor, A. Berlin: The Downfall, 1945
London: Viking, 2002

Bracher, K.D. The German Dictatorship: The Origins, Structure, and Effects of National Socialism
London: Penguin, 1973

Broszat, M. The Hitler state: The Foundation and Development of the Internal Structures of the Third Reich
London: Longman, 1981

Bullock, A. Hitler: A Study in Tyranny
London: Hamlyn, 1973

Bullock, A. Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives
London: Fontana, 1998

Burleigh, M. The Racial State: Germany 1933 - 1945
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991

Burleigh, M. Death and Deliverance: Euthanasia in Germany c.1900 - 1945
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994

Burleigh, M. Germany turns Eastward: A Study of 'Ostforschung' in the Third Reich
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988

Cull, N.J. Propaganda and Mass Persuasion: A Historical Encyclopaedia, 1500 to the Present
Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2003

Evans R.J. The Coming of the Third Reich
London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2003

Evans, R.J. The Third Reich in Power, 1933 - 1938
London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2005

Evans, R.J. The Third Reich at War, 1939 - 1945
London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2008

Fest, J.C. Hitler
London: Penguin, 2002

Fest, The Face of the Third Reich
Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979

Gallately, R. Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001

Gallately, R. The Gestapo and German Society
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990

Gerwarth, R. Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011

Gilbert, M. The Holocaust: The Jewish Tragedy
London: Fontana/Collins, 1987

Goldhagen, D. Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
London: Little, Brown, 1996

Grunberger, R. A Social History of the Third Reich
London: Penguin, 1974

Herzstein, R.E. When Nazi Dreams come True: The Third Reich's Internal Struggle over the Future of Europe after a German Victory. A look at the Nazi Mentality 1939-1945
London: Abacus, 1982

Kershaw, I. The End: Hitler's Germany, 1944 - 45
London: Allen Lane, 2011

Kershaw, I. Hitler 1889 - 1936: Hubris
London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 1998

Kershaw, I. Hitler 1936 - 1945: Nemesis
London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2000

Kershaw, I. The Nazi Dictatorship: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation - 3rd ed.
London: Edward Arnold, 1993

Kershaw, I. & Lewin, M. (eds) Stalinism and Nazism: Dictatorships in Comparison
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998

Klemperer, V. I Shall Bear Witness: The Diaries of Victor Klemperer 1933 - 41
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998

Klemperer, V. I Shall Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years 1942 - 45
New York: Modern Library, 2001

Klemperer, V. The Language of the Third Reich: LTI - Lingua Tertii Imperii
London: The Athlone Press, 2000

Krausnick, H. Anatomy of the SS State
London: Granada, 1970

Longerich, P. Heinrich Himmler
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012

Mason, T. Social Policy in the Third Reich: The Working Class and the 'National Community'
Oxford: Berg, 1993

Mazower, M. Hitler's Empire: Nazi Rule in Occupied Europe
London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2008

Overy, R.J. The Dictators: Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia
London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2004

Overy, R.J. The Nazi Economic Recovery 1932 - 38 - 2nd ed.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996

Overy, R.J. Russia's War
London: Penguin, 1997

Passmore, K. Fascism: A Very Short Introduction
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002

Pick, D. The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess and the Analysts
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012

Rees, L. Auschwitz: The Nazis and the 'Final Solution'
London: BBC Books, 2005

Shirer, W. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
London: Mandarin, 1991

Stern, J.P. Hitler: The Fuhrer and the People
London: Fontana, 1975

Synder, T. Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin
London: Bodley Head, 2010

Taylor, P.M. Munitions of the Mind: A History of Propaganda from the Ancient World to the Present Era
Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995

Tooze, A. The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy
London: Allen Lane/Penguin, 2006

Welch, D. Nazi Propaganda, the Power and the Limitations
London: Croom Helm, 1983

Welch, D. The Third Reich: Politics and Propaganda
London: Routledge, 1993

Welch, D. Hitler
London: UCL Press, 1998

Welch, D. Propaganda and the German Cinema 1933 - 1945
London: Tauris, 2001

Welch, D. (ed) Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From World War I to Wikileaks
London: I.B. Tauris, 2014

Andrew Lacey
April 2016

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