Inside The Third Reich Paperback – 20 Aug 2009
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The classic eye-witness account of Nazi Germany by Hitler's Armaments Minister and right-hand man.
'INSIDE THE THIRD REICH is not only the most significant personal German account to come out of the war but the most revealing document on the Hitler phenomenon yet written. It takes the reader inside Nazi Germany on four different levels: Hitler's inner circle, National Socialism as a whole, the area of wartime production and the inner struggle of Albert Speer. The author does not try to make excuses, even by implication, and is unrelenting toward himself and his associates...Speer's full-length portrait of Hitler has unnerving reality. The Fuhrer emerges as neither an incompetent nor a carpet-gnawing madman but as an evil genius of warped conceits endowed with an ineffable personal magic.' NEW YORK TIMES.See all Product description
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Speer was the so-called 'Good Nazi' who escaped the hangman's noose with a 20 year jail sentence at Nuremberg. History has viewed things rather differently: Speer was notoriously economical with the truth in his memoirs (and subsequent interviews) and though he may not have been directly implicated in the Holocaust (though his claim that he knew little or nothing about it is clearly nonsense) his involvement is slave labour to keep the Nazi war effort functioning is a criticism that he could not shake off.
Nonetheless, if you take even 80% of Speer's 1969 book at face value and as broadly accurate, it is nonetheless a fascinating insight into Hitler and the Nazi war machine, by one of the few top Nazis to survive the War (or not go into hiding). He wrote this book in Spandau prison. During his 20 years in prison (he was released in 1968), he learned to speak English but the original book was published in German first but the English version was published almost immediately to a skeptical international audience. This is a newer translation with some academic footnotes. Speer died in London in 1981. Judge for yourself - whatever your feelings on Speer, this is a very important historical document....
A downside is the book's thickness, which could make it rather fragile - it is a paperback. But It did withstand the stress of me reading it.
however a very interesting account of the nazi regime from a non nazi at the very heart of the machine
well worth a read