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