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excellent but not for the casual reader,
This review is from: Believe and Destroy: The Intellectuals in the SS War Machine (Hardcover)
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teh first point I have to make is dont bother even reading this reveiw if your an casual history reader. Its not written in a style you are used to. It is an PHD thesis expanded to book form, however it is structured as such and it doesnt make for great bedtime reading...unless your like me and have constatntly asked teh question of...why?
The third riech motivation to liquidate vast groups of people has always bothered me when someone just rights them off as mad. Thats just someone saying I cant be bothered to find out why. Now this book gets us a little closer to the reasons why your highly educated German would find themselves in southern Russia killing other humans and being able to justify it to themsleves. I wont say this book covers all the ground needed- you would have to go into more depth with each person involved- but I beleive it is an important question and the author has amde a great start in the direction this needs to go for future research. So if your like me and want to get a bit closer to that answer then this is a great place to start If not a little too academic for mass market appeal. I would suggest however reading in conjunction with Christopher hales book Hitlers Foreign executioners, which delves into some of this in the motivation behind countries who provided SS units to the reich and is a much more accessible book to begin from.