Shirer, William L. Berlin Diary the Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1941. First edition, so stated. 8 3/8 in. [1 blank, verso with an advertisement for “BOOKS FOR WAR TIME”; half-title, verso blank; vi; contents, verso blank; 605 pages; xxi index, verso of xxi has a note on W.A. Dwiggins’ typography]. Bound in gray cloth with title and a silhouette of the Brandenburg Gate stamped on the front cover in black and red, with title, author and publisher’s names stamped on the spine below a silhouette of the Brandenburg Gate. The front panel of the dust jacket is in blue and red, with white, red, and black lettering, and a portrait of William L. Shirer occupies the back panel. The original price on the front panel fold-over of $3.00 has not been clipped. The dust jacket drawing is by Arthur Hawkins, Jr. This copy has a commercially produced book plate signed by M. Jones pasted down on the inside front cover. The top page edge was colored. The book and the dust jacket are both very good, with wear on the edges of the dust jacket.
Called a journalist of genius, William L. Shirer created an eyewitness account in his diary about what happened in Europe, rather than merely creating a record of himself. Recording the reactions of European democracies to Hitler and Germany at crucial times, having smuggled his notes out of Germany and the reach of the Gestapo before his broadcasts were censored, Shirer’s diary stands as an historical masterpiece. Shirer’s foreword is dated April, 1941 Chappaqua, New York. Germany declared war on the United States in December, 1941.