on 7 January 2016
As an ex-pat living and working in Munich, I bought this from the perspective of having an interest in historical events close to where I am. This is not an easy reading book for those with a light or mild interest in WW2 - it is a very heavy read; but clearly very well researched and deserves the Penguin Classic Military History book status. It does labour heavily on the key proponents with the SS, and their rivalries. Neatly dispels any myth that the NSDAP were a single, unified organisation - far from it. I found the early chapters OK, but my interest had waned by halfway through. A solid book for anyone doing detailed study solely on the SS - Herr Hohne has done a fantastic job - I'd expect to find copies of it in big military libraries For those with a more average read - try Laurence Rees' 'The Nazis - A Warning From History' instead.