The Third Reich is a fresh, up-to-date, and dramatic history of how Adolf Hitler and a core group of Nazis rose to power and plunged the world into the most horrific war ever fought, perpetrating the genocidal Holocaust while sacrificing the lives of millions of ordinary Germans. Thomas Childers brings to life the Nazis' rise to power and their use and abuse of power once they achieved it. Based in part on German documents seldom used by previous historians, The Third Reich shows how the Nazis' improbable rise happened in large part because of luck and the ineptitude of other political parties. Childers also charts the suffering of ordinary Germans under Nazi rule and the unparalleled horrors of World War II and the Holocaust. This is the most comprehensive and readable one-volume history of Nazi Germany since the classic Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was published more than fifty years ago.