The guidelines of the meme are: Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Don't forget to include the title and author of the book.
Is it wrong to begin with Bismarck? On several levels, he was a key figure in the coming of the Third Reich.An interesting beginning. The reason that I am reading this book is because I know so little about the history of Germany and I am very interested in Germany during World War II and how Hitler came to power. Thus, I don't know the answer to the question asked at the beginning of the book, but it works fine for me.
The book I am reading is The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard J. Evans.
This is a very long book, and I am a slow reader, especially non-fiction that is dense with information and ideas. It is going to take me a while to get through this one.
Check out the other posts for book beginnings at Rose City Reader.