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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd (23 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847970915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847970916
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 1.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 828,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Belgium in 1956, Ronald Pawly developed a keen interest in military history as a young child. His first book, The Red Lancers [Crowood 1998], was published to great acclaim; he has since published numerous books and articles on military history, both in French and English. He has collaborated on documentaries, is a regular advisor to international auction houses, and is widely regarded for his knowledge on military portraiture. He is currently editor-in-chief of the prestigious French magazine Soldats Napoleoniens. Resident - France

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By valhalla43uk on 7 Aug 2010
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Ordered the book arrived within a day, excellent book if you like WW2 books and more about Hitlers locations

Well researched book, added to my war collection of books one to take with you to Berlin ...

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Superb book on Reichs Chancellery 15 Aug 2009
By Book Reviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is superb. Not only is it beautifully photographed but the background and history it gives of Hitler's Chancellery is the best of ALL of the books written on this building. Most of the other books blather on in shallow gossip and vague descriptions with incomplete photography and badly drawn maps that end up confusing you as to where this part of the building was, where that office was located, what was the history, etc. Not this book.

This is by far THE best written book on Hitler's Chancellery out there. Though I've studied the history of the Third Reich for years, this book supplied information I'd never heard of before (and that's saying something).

My only quibble - and it is a minor one - is that I would have appreciated a map of the Fuhrer's Bunker - both lower and upper. To be fair, however, it should be noted that (a) maps of the Bunker did not exist in the Third Reich so the author couldn't have used one; and - more importantly - (b) the upper and lower Bunkers technically are not part of Hitler's new Chancellery which was built by Speer. The Bunkers were part of the old Reichschancellery - the upper one built literally outside Hitler's old bedroom window (with a ball room constructed on top of the ground to hide the bunker's existence beneath) - the lower one constructed mid-way through the war. Anyway, the author more than makes up for the lack of a Bunker map by giving an incredibly detailed description of what went on inside them, including the disposal of the bodies of Eva Braun and Hitler, etc. (Kempke describing Eva's corpse in the Chancellery garden: "I remember that Eva Braun was also laid on her back so that her face was upwards. I still remember that because of the wind her skirt was blown up so that her garters could be seen.")

As I've said, this book is THE definitive book on Hitler's Chancellery.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Pawly's book on Hitler's Chancellery 10 Mar 2012
By Roger J. Fish - Published on Amazon.com
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I totally agree with the reviewer from San Francisco. This is the best book I have read on the Reich Chancellery. The color pictures are sharp and clear and the description of the interior superb. Historical background information, sources, descriptions of key personnel in the chancellery, etc, are excellent. The best you can find to date!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A good read 8 Sep 2012
By Daryl L. Mccutchen - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're interested in reading about the Berlin Government buildings of WWII. This book contains goods descriptive images and material on the Chancellery both before and after Russian occupation. I had wished it had gotten into the decor more and a few more images...but I learned a lot that I did not know before about the Fuhrer's home, and office space. Amazon offers it at a good price and for historians, It's Great.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Inside Death's Headquarters 4 Sep 2013
By VerbRiver - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not a book about killing.

This is a book about the buildings where the killers worked.

Nearly seventy years on, it is still chilling to read about Nazi Germany. It was a time, after all, that permanently disfigured the concept of mankind made in the image of God. In stark, hard prose Ronald Pawly presents a construction timeline and solid description of the main Nazi buildings where that fate was set in motion. That alone is enough to upset and frighten. The story is, however, well worth the time you give it.

The book is amply illustrated with photos of both interiors and exteriors of the Albert Speer-designed Reich Chancellery. Inside, the spaces were purposely oversize beyond the scale of human comfort and designed to intimidate. If there were touches of elegance, there also was more than enough evidence of foreboding. For example, a photograph of the cabinet room includes a close-up of the chairs. Each one is upholstered with an open-wing eagle standing atop a wreathed swastika, the image covering the entire back of the chair's surface that faced the table. It looks like some sort of sick and twisted sweatshirt design.

Many things outside the buildings are lifeless and barren such as the Court of Honor that looks like the empty insides of a stone coffin. And, both inside and outside, there are bronze sculptures of strangely misshapen human figures looking more alien than Aryan.

The author embeds his graphic essay between narratives of the rise of the Reich and its death spiral. This is a powerful book offering a disturbing look inside the place where evil flourished and lives were assigned for ending.

There is something painfully incongruous about saying any book about Nazis is a good one. Yet, strictly as a matter of straightforward informative presentation, this one is very good indeed.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Worth the money!!! 18 Mar 2014
By D. Fast - Published on Amazon.com
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I put off buying this book for a long time because of the lousy dust jacket. Then Amazon put a "LOOK INSIDE" on it. This book on the Reichchancellery is better than the two other books I have on the same subject. Glad I bought it!!
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