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William Lawrence Shirer

William Lawrence Shirer, American author, journalist. Member P.E.N., Authors Guild (president), Council Foreign Relations, Society of America Historians, Legion of Honor, Century Club (New York City), Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

  • Shirer, William Lawrence was born on February 23, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Seward Smith and Bessie Josephine (Tanner) Shirer.

  • Education

    • AB, Coe College, 1925. Little D. (honorary), Coe College.

    Career

    • Journalist, Paris edition Chicago Tribune, 1925-1926. Foreign correspondent (Tribune), 1926-1933, Universal News Service, 1935-1937. Became Continental representative Columbia Broadcasting System, 1937.

      War correspondent, 1939-1945. Commentator, 1945-1947.

    Works

    • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: a History of Nazi Germany
    • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich is a comprehensive historical interpretation of the Nazi era, positing that German history logically proceeded from Martin Luther to Adolf Hitler; that Hitler's ascension to power was an expression of German national character, not of totalitarianism as an ideology that was internationally fashionable in the 1930s.
    • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany
    • Hailed as “one of the most important works of history of our time” (The New York Times), this definitive chronicle of Hitler’s rise to power is back in hardcover with a new introductory essay by Ron Rosenbaum (Explaining Hitler and How the End Begins) commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of its National Book Award win.
    • Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934 - 1941
    • By the acclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, this day-by-day eyewitness account of the momentous events leading up to World War II in Europe is the private, personal, utterly revealing journal of a great foreign correspondent.

    Membership

    Member P.E.N., Authors Guild (president), Council Foreign Relations, Society of America Historians, Legion of Honor, Century Club (New York City), Phi Beta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Theresa Stiberitz, 1931 (div. 1970); children: Eileen Inga Dean, Linda Elizabeth Rae. Married Irina Lugovskaya, 1988.
    • father: Seward Smith Shirer
    • mother: Bessie Josephine (Tanner) Shirer
    • spouses: Theresa Stiberitz
    • Irina Lugovskaya
    • children: Eileen Inga Dean Shirer
    • Linda Elizabeth Rae Shirer
    William Lawrence Shirer
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    Born February 23, 1904
    Died December 28, 1993
    (aged 89)
    Nationality
    • 1925
      Coe College
    • 1925 - 1926
      Journalist
    • 1926 - 1933
      foreign correspondent (Tribune)
    • 1935 - 1937
      foreign correspondent (Tribune)
    • 1937
      became Continental representative Columbia Broadcasting System
    • 1939 - 1945
      war correspondent
    • 1945 - 1947
      commentator