'INSIDE THE THIRD REICH is not only the most significant personal German account to come out of the war but the most revealing document on the Hitler ...Show synopsis'INSIDE THE THIRD REICH is not only the most significant personal German account to come out of the war but the most revealing document on the Hitler phenomenon yet written. It takes the reader inside Nazi Germany on four different levels: Hitler's inner circle, National Socialism as a whole, the area of wartime production and the inner struggle of Albert Speer. The author does not try to make excuses, even by implication, and is unrelenting toward himself and his associates...Speer's full-length portrait of Hitler has unnerving reality. The Fuhrer emerges as neither an incompetent nor a carpet-gnawing madman but as an evil genius of warped conceits endowed with an ineffable personal magic' NEW YORK TIMESHide synopsis
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Many will either admire or hate Mr. Albert Speer. One of the very few of the inner circle of Hitler's regime that survived the war. Yet paid twenty years for it in Spandau. Intelligent, articulate and very informative, Speer describes in all details what it was like to serve under Hitler's command. Here we meet Goebbels, Goering, Himmler and others who helped Hitler to formulate his destructive policies. Many despise Speer, and think he "got away" from it. Maybe there is some truth in that charge. However one also sees the remorse he has suffered later on when all was over. Thanks to him we have an idea how Hitler made his decisions, and how there were carried out. We also meet Hitler's dream of transforming Berlin into a huge city full of ridiculously enormous buildings to make it a "new Rome". Hate him, or admire him, Mr. Speer's book is very helpful. Before reading something like "Hitler's Willing Executioners", read this first.
If you are interested in the history of WW2, this book will certainly be of great value to you. We all know the time line with respect to events but the added value that this book gives is the emotional reactions and interpersonal relationships between the major players, both German and Allies. Given this knowledge, I keep asking myself "How could things have happened as they did?" It is an excellent read and reference.
While Speer's account of his relationship to Hitler must be looked at with some critical scrutiny, this book is nonetheless unequalled in its importance for anyone who wants to know how and why the Third Reich came about. Speer's style is engaging and the book, while long, reads very quickly. Students of military history should be aware that Speer, as the architect and arms minister of the Reich has very little to say regarding military theory or strategy--this is more a book about Hitler's personality as told by one who knew him as well as anyone, and about the behind-the-scenes bureaucracies of the Reich.
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