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HEINRICH HIMMLER: A Photographic Chronicle of Hitler's Reichsfuhrer-SS (Schiffer Military History) Hardcover – 3 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: SCHIFFER PUBLISHING LTD (3 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764312022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764312021
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.5 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,571,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent book by Martin Mansson! The life and career of Himmler is shown through pictures, many of which are very rare. This book manages to illustrate the many personalities of the Reichsfuehrer of the SS - from serious security chief to loving father and husband. Many other books have been written on Himmler, such as the biography by Peter Padfield, but none adequately show Himmler in as many roles as this book. The small amounts of text manage to explain the pictures and the stories behind them in a very concise way. All the major characters of the Third Reich are included, with their own illustrations. A great insight into the life of a top Nazi.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worse for Wear ... 2 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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Mansson's "Heinrich Himmler: A Photographic Chronicle of Hitler's Reichsfuehrer" is a very disappointing volume, preferably receiving no stars from me because the book is plagued by horrible photographic reproductions (multiple-generations-removed from original). Morover, most of the pictures were blatantly scanned directly from previously printed works, manipulated and crudely reproduced in this ... book. There are better quality reproductions of these same pictures in other publications, only a few of which receive mention in a very brief list of "published material." Sometimes the author claims credit to his own "archives," but since the pictures were lifted from books, perhaps he means his "library?"
The book is not an organized "chronicle" as stated in its title; it's a hodgepodge throughout. Furthermore, the author doesn't know the details of his topic, which is made obvious by many factual errors in the attempted, descriptive captions (sometimes almost laughable). The book offers no resource references for its statements, nor does it provide any original research. It doesn't even contain an index. Further evidences of the author's dereliction are the numerous typographical errors and misspellings of names.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A well travelled Reichsfuhrer. 2 Feb. 2002
By John Barry Kenyon - Published on
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The author has attempted a photographic album of Himmler's life from his youth to his death. There are several hundred photos, the majority taken during the war and emphasizing the Reichsfuhrer's frequent military inspections on the home, eastern and western fronts. Whatever you think of Himmler he certainly kept himself busy. Some of the photos show Himmler with other personalities of the period, including second raters such as Anton Mussert, the Dutch collaborator, as well as senior SS personnel including Karl Wolff and Sepp Dietrich. It is fair to say the contents are not completely comprehensive, although some prints have not been available publicly before. But there is little record here of Himmler's domestic life, for example, which was visually quite well represented in Peter Padfield's biography.
The interest of the book is that nobody before has compiled a visual history of Himmler. He was obviously very conscious of the presence of photographers and usually maintained that official inane grin under all circumstances. Here and there he is caught off guard, for example trying to dodge the camera when too close to Hitler who is handing out awards. If you always thought that the shortsighted Himmler was not overtly photogenic, this book will confirm that belief.
Unfortunately, the book shows signs of being rushed into print without thorough editing. The text accompanying the photos is sometimes quaint, such as the ambiguous suggestion on page 233 that Himmler's adjutants were released several years after the war "due to their membership in the SS." A number of the photos are undated and the later sections are a bit of a chronological jumble. All in all, this is a book for the collector who wants lots of photos of Himmler between two covers.
2.0 out of 5 stars Quality photo issues. 2 Oct. 2013
By Lord Harrington - Published on
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The book, as another reviewer pointed out, and which is true, is a book full of truly lousy reproductions. Another few photocopies such as this and the images shall be decidedly worthless, unrecognisable, and devoid of life.
The book does contain a vast collection of images of Himmler and is a good character study in photographic form of the man. As I, warned by a reviewer, and warned by myself, do however find the book worthy of owning as there nothing else available with the variety and breadth of shear numbres as contained within this book; as far as I am aware. Buy it; buy it as long you understand the photographs are 3rd, 4th, 10th generation copies and not pristine original quality as many if not all books printed in Das Dritte Reich era were.

The low star-rating is due to the sub-satandard quality of the images.

The book is worthy of owning for reference.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Collection of Himmler Photos 4 Dec. 2012
By Mlle Stacey Wardle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a Historian, I am proud to count this item amongst my collection. A full chronicle of Heinrich Himmler's life - mostly career - through the power of photos. The book in itself is very good and makes for good and interesting reading. I give it only 4 stars though because it is not as well put together as it could have been. It's not so much a question of content, as it is very complete. Quality wise however, many of the photos presented by Mansson leave a lot to be desired. Many of them are new to me but the quality of a lot of them is quite poor, and for some, almost blurry. Thankfully the uniqueness of the compilation is enough to allow me to overlook this small, yet important, downside.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Sept. 2015
By Gary M Pirkle - Published on
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