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on 3 May 2012
This book is fascinating reading . Its first surprise is how lucid Goebbels remains throughout as the Third Reich disintegrates around him . We , of course , have the benefit of knowing how it will all end . Perhaps Goebbels does , but we are never sure . It remains unclear throughout whether he is suffering massive self-deception or if , allied to self -deception , he is subject to misinformation from the Allies or cronic misinformation from fawning subordinates eager only to tell him what he wishes to hear . The effects of the general 'fog of war' are equally hard to assess . A difficaulty for any reader with a lack of detailed knowledge of German geography is the mass of place names that occur . This makes it difficault to assess the tactical significance of the various military actions mentioned in many instances . Without this geographic knowledge I was never certain if minor skirmishes weren't being inflated into major holding actions and to what extent this constant reference to widely scattered actions was clutching at straws on Goebbels part . I didn't feel Hugh Trevor-Ropers commentary added anything of value to this book .