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This is the English translation of the editors' Grosses Lexikon des Dritten Reiches (Munich, 1985). It far outstrips in breadth and depth of coverage Louis Snyder's one-volume publication of the same title (CH, Oct '76), which has been the standard source in English heretofore. Zentner's English edition has been expanded somewhat in comparison with the German original, and the bibliographies have been updated, especially with an eye to including more English sources. On the whole it provides balanced and thorough coverage of an extremely wide variety of topics and persons connected with the Third Reich, ranging from short factual explanations of National Socialist jargon (in English, with German cross-references) to longer biographies of prominent Nazis and in-depth articles on larger subjects such as "The Economy under National Socialism." The translation is careful and intelligent throughout, and the text layout and illustrations are very well done indeed. Its sturdy binding and division into two volumes are fortuitous, for it will undoubtedly receive heavy use in most libraries. It will become the standard ready reference source in English for this period of German history, and it is appropriate not only for academic libraries of all sizes, but also for large to moderate public libraries. -J. H. Spohrer, University of California, Berkeley
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This is the currently definitive reference source for basic data on events in National Socialist Germany. Contributors include some of the former Federal Republic's best young historians. Over 3000 entries on specific subjects from Otto Abetz to Zyklon B are accompanied by two dozen longer essays on such general themes as the Final Solution and women in the Third Reich. The text is supplemented by over 1200 well-chosen illustrations. A felicitous translation further enhances the work's quality. Libraries that serve both scholars and general readers interested in the subjects it covers are well advised to consider purchasing this encyclopedia, despite its high cost. Many reference collections will certainly wish to acquire it.-- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.