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The prize-winning bestselling historian delivers the first authoritative general account for thirty years.

This landmark work answers two fundamental questions - how, and why, did the Holocaust happen?

Laurence Rees has spent twenty-five years meeting and interviewing survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust. Now he combines this largely unpublished testimony with the latest academic research to create the first accessible and authoritative account of the Holocaust in over three decades.

Through a chronological, intensely readable narrative, featuring the latest historical research and compelling eyewitness testimony, this is the story of the worst crime in history.

Reviews

This is by far the clearest book ever written about the Holocaust, but also the best in explaining both its origins and grotesque mentality, as well as its chaotic development

Antony Beevor

A masterpiece. Laurence Rees's best book yet. This riveting book traces every aspect of the Holocaust from its inception through to the liberation of the extermination camps. In compelling prose, Rees tells the full story of the most shameful period in the story of mankind

Andrew Roberts

Anyone wanting a compelling, highly readable explanation of how and why the Holocaust happened, drawing on recent scholarship and impressively incorporating moving and harrowing interviews need look no further than Laurence Rees's brilliant book

Professor Ian Kershaw

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780241979969

    October 16, 2017

    Viking

    RRP $30.00

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  • Hardback

    9780241297001

    February 15, 2017

    Viking

    512 pages

    RRP $65.00

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780241298183

    January 30, 2017

    Viking

    504 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • EBook

    9780241979952

    January 26, 2017

    Penguin eBooks (UK Adult)

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Also by Laurence Rees

The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
Selling Politics
World War Two: Behind Closed Doors
Their Darkest Hour
The Nazis
Auschwitz
Horror In The East

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