19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2010
I thought that this book was excellent in that it presented a female perspective and a very intuitive one too on the phenomenon of Hitler's personal attraction and what life was like living near him 24/7 before and during the war years. The late author appears a proud individual, writes well (or has a very good ghost which I doubt), and does not go in for apologies for her part in supporting Hitler`s inner circle. She comes across as someone who would not suffer fools gladly, so in some respects she comes across as slightly ruthless and cutting inher observations of others. A good book and well worth reading.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2009
The Nazi years continue to fascinate. This book, written from the records of one of Hitler's secretaries, gives a rare insight into the 'inner world' of the Third Reich. It concentrates upon the day to day routines of Hitler and his closest circle of aides and advisors, and reminds us that notorious tyrants such as Hitler are also very human. As a boss, he was courteous, kind, and approachable - he even received criticism with good grace. For those who wish to understand the dynamics of Hitlerism - from the early 1930s to the last days of the Fuerher bunker - this is a must read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2014
An interesting first hand account from one of Hitler's secretaries. This is the second book I have read in the series, the other being 'I was Hitler's Chauffeur by Erich Kempka '.
While these books may not provide much detail regarding the war, they do give valuable insight into what Hitler was like as an everyday person. They detail his daily routines and how he treated those closest to him. These books are ideal for a reader, such as myself, that have an interest in the second world war and Hitler, but don't really want to sift through and books that go into the subject too deeply.
He was my Chief details Schroeder's personal thoughts of Hitler and gives an account of her presence at a number of important historical occasions. We learn many a snippet that allows the reader to build a fuller picture of the Fuhrer and his character. Surprisingly he is a man that is very generous to his employees, a man of strict personal morals (doesn't eat meat, smoke or drink) and at times even a little self conscious.
The only annoying aspect of the book was that a number of passages were repeated throughout. Maybe a little better editing would have helped. Interestingly Shroeder herself requested the publication of the book as she was unhappy at inaccuracies depicted in other books of her and work colleagues.
on 22 September 2013
This is not the world's most entertaining book, but it offers loads of personal insights into life around the Fuhrer. Frau Schroeder was well placed to observe and it's all there, if a little self-centred. The other secretaries hardly get a look-in, and she doesn't hold back if she dislikes someone. Eva Braun gets fairly short shrift and there are many telling anecdotes about Hitler's minions, but the boss himself is let off pretty lightly.