In This Review

End of a Berlin Diary
End of a Berlin Diary
By William L. Shirer
Knopf, 1947, 369 pp

There are, in effect, two parts of unequal value in this book by one of our leading liberal-minded journalists. In the first he has recorded his day-to-day reactions to events during the last year of the war, including the negotiation of the United Nations Charter at San Francisco. In the second and more valuable part he tells of his return to a defeated but unregenerate Germany in 1945, and warns against the mistake of bringing on a Third German War by allowing, even helping, her to make an economic and military comeback. An interesting feature is Mr. Shirer's reconstruction of several crucial moments in Nazi history on the basis of captured documents and revelations by important German prisoners.