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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Trade Paper ed edition (18 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610394631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610394635
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Enthralling story which grips from the first page and reads like a thriller"-

About the Author

Jack El-Hai is a widely-published journalist who covers history, medicine, and science, and the author of the acclaimed book The Lobotomist. He is the winner of the June Roth Memorial Award for Medical Journalism, as well as fellowships and grants from the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Center for Arts Criticism. He lives in Minneapolis.


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The Nuremberg Court in 1945 contained probably the largest number of murderous misfits and outright criminals ever seen in a law court.From the end of the war strenuous efforts were made by German lawyers, doctors and other people to try to convince the world that those arraigned for trial were clinically mad.They did so in order to enable the German people to claim they had no involvement in the mass murder of Jews, the disabled, homosexuals and the mentally ill.The attempt failed then and it has singularly failed to this day despite repeated attempts to cleanse the German nation of one of the greatest crimes ever recorded.

In this excellent book the author tells how Douglas Kelley, a young US psychiatrist in the Military Intelligence Corps set out in 1945 to see if the Nazi gang were fit to stand trial.
After exhaustive tests of their personalities and mental state he concluded there was no evidence of psychiatric illness. They commited their heinous crimes fully aware of what they were doing. Only Hess was clearly mentally ill.

They were perfectly sane and responsible for their deeds. Indeed, the drug addict Goring firmly believed that one day the German people would be grateful for what had been done and erect a monument to him.

In 1995 a team of distinguished psychiatrists replicated Kelley's research and arrived at the same conclusions as he had done 50 years earlier.

This absorbing book demonstrates yet again that the perpetrators of sickening atrocities are entirely responsible for their actions, as indeed are those who willingly supported them.
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I was looking forward to reading this and the initial chapters did not disappoint. Unfortunately, the later ones did. The book turned out to be a biography of the psychiatrist and covered much detail on his home and professional life after WW2 which could have been summarised much more succinctly. I was actually about to give up on it when I found I was at the end (my kindle showed that I was only about 60% through the book - the rest was lengthy and detailed acknowledgements, notes, bibliography and index). This is a shame as the early chapters where he found the Nazis to be pretty ordinary people was fascinating but that was as far as it went.
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This is the story of a young psychiatrist whoUs in 1945 was tasked with determining the psychological status of Goring and other Nazi leaders including Donitz,Reitel, Lei and Frank- 52 in all.
Using primative tests such as Rosarch and ink-blot it was decided that ll were sane and suitable for trial.
However Goring defeated justice and comitted suicide by taking a cyanide capsul hidden in a tooth.
The experiance seemed to have a severe effect on the psychiatrist who became a tyrant to his family and comitted suicide by cyanide poisoning.
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A nice little read and an insight into some of the Reich's thoughts and behaviour. A very unique insight into Naziism.
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Interesting but I thought it strayed off the central theme and concentrated rather too much on the psychiatrist
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