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I feel the book could have been improved with both good editing and a little self reflection by Ms Sereny
on 31 January 2016
I am around half way through Albert Speer, His Battle with Truth. The part I am at is gripping however this hasn't always been the case with the read so far. Sereny is not any unbiased writer, from the beginning of the book, almost on every commentary on her meeting with Albert Speer she indicates she believes he is hiding and not telling the truth - I do wonder whose truth, Herr Speer's or the truth that Ms Sereny has convince herself must be. Whilst a book of this nature cannot be written in isolation I am finding that that are vast tranche that have gone away from the subject. I have also been concerned about interpretation, Speer wrote in Spandau and then again a number of books on release, he writes slightly (and I meant slightly) about a time and Sereny jumps on this. If an incident happened in 1942 then unless thoughts, feelings and reaction were recorded immediately then thoughts and feelings and indeed the passage of time will affect this, I feel Sereny is less than trustworthy here. On the other hand from her writings she appears to have had access to many closest to Speer, his wife, his children, a secretary and his friends. The one reflection that she does give is less about Speer but the developments in Nazi Germany and how laws and loss of liberty took place very slowly and the price seen at the time as being worth paying by the German's who had experience economic and civil catastrophe in the Weimar Republic. I feel the book could have been improved with both good editing and a little self reflection by Ms Sereny.