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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Biography
This fine book has at last been (posthumously) released in an English edition.

Based upon notes taken throughout Joachim Fest's fifteen-year association with Hitler's former `favourite' and architect, Fest finally condensed and edited them to produce an essential edition to the `Speer Legend'.

Reading the text, one can feel the authors initial unease...
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3.0 out of 5 stars PATRICIA
In 1967 Joachim Fest was asked to interview Speer on his release from Spandau Prison. This led to the creation of, Albert Speer Conversations with Hitler's Architect it was not published in Germany until 2005.The reason for the time laps was that Fest found it difficult to disentangle Speers many contradictory statements. Fest details much on Hitler and other Nazi...
Published on 10 Jan 2011 by patricia


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Biography, 28 April 2007
This review is from: Albert Speer: Conversations with Hitler's Architect (Hardcover)
This fine book has at last been (posthumously) released in an English edition.

Based upon notes taken throughout Joachim Fest's fifteen-year association with Hitler's former `favourite' and architect, Fest finally condensed and edited them to produce an essential edition to the `Speer Legend'.

Reading the text, one can feel the authors initial unease with his subject and his evolving opinion of him. There are many insightful comments by Fest, and his publisher Siedler. One feels that there could (and should) have been much more of the detail here in the previous book.

One can also sense the distaste Fest had for many of his fellow historians (Goldhagen and Sereny in particular).

Unlike Fest's biography of Speer, the notes that make this book have been excellently translated and have lost none of their meaning and eloquence.

Some prevoius reading in relation to Speer is required.

My only criticism is that the book is far too short considering the extent of their acquaintance, running at just over 200 pages of text and photographs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 2 Nov 2011
This review is from: Albert Speer: Conversations with Hitler's Architect (Hardcover)
I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this. Somebodies notes does not seem at first glance to be an inspiring premise for a book. However, I thoroughly enjoyed it and the insights into the personality of Speer especially - a man of great contradictions. You really need to be fairly familiar with Speer to appreciate this book.

Some obvious digs at Sereny; first for historical accuracy with respect to the Himmler speech and Speer's location, and the encounter between them towards the end of the book.

The comments by Speer on the "Hitler diaries" really make one wonder what Stern were thinking, when someone close to Hitler thought that the existence of such material was quite preposterous.

In summary, it wasn't quite what I was expecting, it is very short but I found it fascinating from a historical and psychological perspective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars PATRICIA, 10 Jan 2011
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In 1967 Joachim Fest was asked to interview Speer on his release from Spandau Prison. This led to the creation of, Albert Speer Conversations with Hitler's Architect it was not published in Germany until 2005.The reason for the time laps was that Fest found it difficult to disentangle Speers many contradictory statements. Fest details much on Hitler and other Nazi leaders, but little on Speer himself. On reflection Fest put this down to Speer wishing to withhold his accounts as Speer was publishing his own book in 1970. Although he may have been evasive, what transpired was an interesting set of conversations with Speer, which Fest edited down into a dialogue. It allows the reader to gauge Speer's attitude towards Hitler in the aftermath of the Third Reich.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Albert Speer Conversations, 15 Jan 2014
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Did not like the way it was written, hence only 2 stars.
Speer was a very interesting man but this book did not do him justice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have visited a lot of, what remains, of Albert Speers work, so was interested in his conversations with Hitler., 16 Dec 2013
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Speers built works were monumental and well worth the effort of locating them. I often wonder what he could have produced if he were free of the influence of Hitler.
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