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Inside The Third Reich [Paperback]

Albert Speer
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5 Jan 1995
The author was a personal friend of Adolf Hitler for 12 years until he turned against him. This is an inside account of The Third Reich and the man who invented it.

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (5 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857992180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857992182
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.4 x 5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The classic account of Nazi Germany by Hitler's Armaments Minister and right-hand man. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Albert Speer was unique in the Third Reich. An intellectual architect, he was befriended by Hitler in 1933 and for the next 12 years they maintained one of the most powerful and extraordinary relationships in the Nazi hierarchy. In 1942 Speer was appointed Armaments Minister and became second only to Hitler himself as a power on the home front. But in 1945, Speer defied Hitler¿s scorched earth policy and began to plan his assassination. At Nuremberg he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Scenes 7 Dec 2008
This is a very interesting volume, written by someone who, for most of WWII, was second only to Hitler in terms of importance in Nazi Germany. Speer must have been a man of great talent and industry in order to accomplish what he did, even in the last months of the conflict: as well as managing to increase output of munitions to unprecedented levels, as the end closed in, he was also determined to prevent the implementation of the scorched earth policy which would have left post-war Germany in a state of utter annihilation. The fact that the country was able to recover so well and quickly afterwards must, in large part, be down to his efforts.

I found the book engrossing and very easy to read. At the start, it's a bit heavy on architecture, but that's what animated Hitler and Speer in the early days. There is a load of information about many of the main characters in the regime, about the continual back-biting and intriguing. There's not a lot about the fighting, although what little there is is interesting.

After the end, Speer writes about being staggered on hearing the details of the concentration camps. Earlier he wrote that Hanke, a friend and Gauleiter of Upper Silesia, had warned Speer never to visit a camp there because he had "seen something that he was not allowed to describe and indeed could not describe". Rather chilling.

First class read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I met Albert Speer 31 Oct 2011
I met Albert Speer...And this was book that made me want to meet him - this and "Spandau - The Secret Diaries".

Just after Christmas in 1979 I went to see Speer at his Heidelberg home in West Germany. I had gone to interview him for BBC radio. The trip was carried out in secret. Only a couple of BBC managers, who approved the enterprise, knew what I was doing. And I told no-one until the programmes were broadcast. I went alone - no companions, or production team - just me and Speer alone in his Heidelberg study with a tape recorder running. I met him four times, recording long interviews for six half-hour programmes called "The Hitler Years". You can hear extracts on the BBC website.

So why did "Inside the Third Reich" make such an impression and make me want to meet its author? Because the book changed the way I thought about Hitler. It was the first I'd read that made Hitler seem a plausible human being. Some people say this is wrong. They argue anything that humanises Hitler is improper. He was a monster. All that matters are his crimes.

The trouble with this argument is that it makes Hitler impossible to understand - just a raving lunatic who gormless Germans - not intelligent people like us! - mindlessly followed. But Hitler was more subtle and intelligent than people allow - an evil genius with a surprising amount of twisted knowledge, well read and an extensive interest in the arts. His only weapons to begin with were his voice - he was highly articulate and persuasive - and a superhuman will-power. Hitler claimed he was the greatest actor in Europe. One of his adjutants said even in private it was impossible to tell when he was acting, or sincere. The performance was flawless. He was very convincing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Third Reich 7 Jun 2009
Very interesting account of Albert Speer's time at the heart of Hitler's regime. The book gives an interesting insight into how a non-politital and unfanatical person was drawn into the Nazi environment despite his ongoing reservations. Also it portays Hitler in a different light from the usual, ie as a somewhat inept bungler rather than the usual one-dimensional view of him as pureley a megalomaniac. The writing is a bit awkward in spots and at times it can be hard to accept Speer's compliance with what he obviously felt was a criminal government but overall a very good read and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the bias - read - judge for yourself 24 Aug 2007
Albert Speer's seminal work on life inside the highest echelons of the Third Reich is as historically controversial now as it was when it was released and indeed is still a fascinating read.
In fact largely `ghost written' by Joachim C. Fest who had a not insignificant impact on the style of the prose, Inside The Third Reich is a veritable Goldmine for anecdotal remarks for any student studying the history of Hitler's Germany.
Historical bias aside - there is plenty and the debate is seemingly endless - it is still worth the effort and the reader would probably benefit from having a copy of Sereny's biography to hand to see how Speer's `Mia Culpa's' developed in face of ten years of mixed reception to his work.
Every A' Level Modern History Student should have read at least the first half of this book.
One should also remember once this has been read that confidential personal correspondence written in Speer's own hand was recently sold in an auction for well over 10000, which admitted more explicit knowledge of the crimes. And in light of this, J C Fest had his private note on Speer edited and released, and consequentially greatly revised his conclusion regarding the character of Speer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into a grip time 22 Feb 2010
There are a lot of good histories of the Third Reich around but this first-hand account of life at Hitler's 'court' by one of his most trusted and prominent ministers adds a unique dimension.
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fantastic insight into the friendship of one of the most under rated arhitects of all time and his relationship with Adolf.
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