Study Guide

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich What's Up With the Title?

By William L. Shirer

What's Up With the Title?

We don't know about you, but we figure that The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany is about as self-explanatory as it gets.

Just imagine if other book titles were so clear about their contents:

  • The Story of a Girl Named Katniss Everdeen, Who Plays an Iconic but Somewhat Paradoxical Role in the Downfall of a Tyrannical, Fashion-Loving Empire, by Suzanne Collins
  • The Story of a Boy Wizard Called Harry Potter, Who Plays an Iconic but also Kind of Arbitrary Role in the Death of an Evil Wizard with No Nose, by J.K. Rowling
  • A Novel in which None of the Animals Are Animals At All, but Instead Represent Social Archetypes, by George Orwell

You get the idea.