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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Shirer, William Lawrence 1904-1993. American journalist and historian known for his vivid radio broadcasts from Berlin at the outset of World War II and for the popular history The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1960).

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  • n. United States broadcast journalist who was in Berlin at the outbreak of World War II (1904-1993)

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Examples

  • Shirer was in Vienna in 1938, when German troops crossed the Austrian border and crowds of emboldened Nazis could be seen taunting Jews and forcing them to clean sidewalks with toothbrushes.

    A Talent for Being There

  • "To keep the family afloat," Mr. Wick writes, Shirer undertook a book based on his own wartime reporting but deepened by research into Reich documents.

    A Talent for Being There

  • Shirer narrated the events of that descent and did so with integrity.

    A Talent for Being There

  • Shirer's brief and breezy treatment of pre-20th-century German history amounts to little more than a false extrapolation from a truism—like saying that, since Chinese communism is a distinctly Chinese form of communism, it was the inevitable culmination of Chinese history.

    A Talent for Being There

  • When Shirer returned to the United States, he hosted his own Sunday news show with CBS, but he was forced out in 1947 and blamed Murrow.

    A Talent for Being There

  • Shirer witnessed Parisians' bewildered outrage when, in June 1940, news spread that Marshal Petain himself would ask the Germans for an armistice, and Shirer broadcast live from just outside the famous railroad car in Compiègne where, a few days later, the French signed away their country.

    A Talent for Being There

  • And yet in the fall of 1932, for reasons unexplained by the Tribune's notoriously difficult owner, Robert McCormick, Shirer received a telegram from headquarters: "Shirer this notification your services with Tribune terminates today October sixteenth stop you will be paid one months salary."

    A Talent for Being There

  • In his diary Shirer recorded that Gen. Werner von Blomberg, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces looked pale during Hitler's speech.

    A Talent for Being There

  • In Paris, Shirer had met Hemingway and Fitzgerald, and like many young American expatriates, he thought he had a great novel in him.

    A Talent for Being There

  • But Mr. Wick has documented the story with scrupulous attention to detail, too, drawing on Shirer's published works as well as his papers and correspondence.

    A Talent for Being There

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