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on 24 December 2017
This was such an interesting book that I read it in less than 24 hours. The chapters that deal with Dr. Kelley's work with Nazi war criminals is by far the more fascinating part of this book, but the chapters at the end which follow Kelley's path after Nuremburg are interesting, although not nearly as exciting.

What truly disturbed me was that I found myself feeling really bad for these criminals, especially Goring, and in some odd way sympathising with their plight. But the author didn't manipulate me into feeling this way. On the contrary, he continually brings up their crimes throughout the whole book. I think it is just the natural reaction of having intimate contact with people, seeing them not as characitures, but as real people with real emotions, that would bring about these feelings, and probably what Dr. Kelley and the other psychiatrists felt themselves. Knowing what terrible crimes these people committed and yet seeing and interacting with them in an all too human format must have left a terrible ambiguity that would have been difficult to reconcile. Such a situation could have a profound effect on a person.

Although I do not buy into a lot of Dr. Kelley's psychiatric testing, the insights into these characters as they face justice was illuminating and for those interested in psychiatry, the discussion on his findings is worth reading. All in all, this is a worthwhile look at the all too human side of evil.
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on 16 February 2014
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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on 28 January 2017
Very interesting read, would highly recommend
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on 24 December 2015
all perfect
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on 17 January 2015
Interesting but I thought it strayed off the central theme and concentrated rather too much on the psychiatrist
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on 23 December 2014
Brilliant read
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on 30 December 2014
very good
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on 3 April 2014
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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on 8 October 2013
really interesting book, gives an insight you don't normally get. And brilliantly written, and an interesting twist ! v ggod
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on 2 June 2014
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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