Books: Locker-Room Visit

END OF A BERLIN DIARY (369 pp.]—William L Shirer—Knopf ($3.50).

Late in 1940, when Broadcaster William Lawrence Shirer found it wise to clear out of Germany, he contrived to smuggle out several pounds of his day-to-day private notes on the Nazis and their antics. These became Berlin Diary, which nearly a million Americans bought for a sideline view of Hitler Germany in action. Now, on a return visit to Berlin, Shirer conducts his readers into the whipped team's locker room, where all is groans, whimpers—and hopes of war between the U.S. and Russia.

That some of the German people consider their defeat a...

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