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Inside The Third Reich
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on 28 December 2016
A masterpiece. Provides an absorbing insight into the history and inner workings of the Third Reich from one of its main protagonists. Speer himself was not the most modest of men and there are legitimate doubts as to how honest he is when dealing with himself in this memoir. Was he really so ignorant of the dark side of the regime he loyally served? Did he really plot to kill HItler by pumping poison gas into the Fuhrerbunker? This book is certainly intended to defend Speer from his critics, at least to some extent. But nevertheless it provides a fascinating account of this extraordinary period in human history and of a regime that was fascinating and horrifying in equal measure. Oh, and the print quality of this particular edition is excellent, very easy to read.
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VINE VOICEon 22 September 2014
A fascinating book for the student of WW2 history or general interest reader
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 Judge for yourself - whatever your feelings on Speer, this is a very important historical document....
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on 25 July 2017
I' ve read many books on the subject and this one is one of the best. The author is trying to make himself look like a hero but this is only a small part of the book. Most of the book is a fascinating read and it was very difficult for me to put it down. I recommend it highly if nazi industry and architecture or Nazism in general are topics that you are interested in.
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on 16 October 2014
In spite of it's length (over 700 pages), and being a historical autobiography, this book reads as easily as a thriller. Fascinating subject matter, and superbly written. I'd wholeheartedly reccommend it to anyone interested in recent history.

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.
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on 6 May 2017
Excellent book, worthwhile read for anyone interested in World War II history and gives an unusual insight into the Third Reich and some of Hitler's decisions. Nice to get a first hand account from someone who worked with him. Didn't know this existed until it was recommended by a friend, surprised this wasn't referenced back in my A-Level History lessons.
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on 27 April 2017
The best book on Nazi Germany I have ever read and a great insight into the mind of Hitler by someone very close to him. Essential reading
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on 1 April 2017
Insightful portrait of the rise of a dictator and one unencumbered by stereotypical vilification of the outcomes that followed. Hence the reader gets a true insight into the initial cleverness and the fatal flaws of the "Bohemian corporal " and his varied inner circle
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on 28 March 2014
a very interesting book. You have to be careful when reading it as speer is a liar - i liked the section where he says he never asked if the jew labour was slave labour - of course you never asked - you knew they were

however a very interesting account of the nazi regime from a non nazi at the very heart of the machine

well worth a read
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on 13 December 2015
I read this book when it was originally published, having read it again I wonder if all it says about his "innocent participation" is true. but a good read i9f you are interested in the subject
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on 17 October 2017
a brilliant depiction of the life and times
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