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Entertaining but not for serious study
on 5 September 2014
I like this book as pure entertainment. It is well written and contains many good ideas. The book is a mock serious historical look at the occult forces at work in the Third Reich. It is based on documented historical events and people, but with the authors own entertaining and wild speculations thrown in on top. This means unfortunately, that for anything but entertainment I find it a bit frustrating that the book does not distinguish more clearly between fact and fiction. This critique may be a bit unfair. It does seem to be almost a defining trait of the whole "alternate history" genre. And normally I find this quite interesting. But with a subject as obscure and steeped in myth as this, it becomes very confusing that you cannot easily separate the documented historical facts from the speculations of the author. This especially since the links between Nazism and occultism are actually often much stranger than you would assume. I think it would have been easy to mark somehow where the author left established history and ventured into his own speculation. This could probably be done without even breaking the mock serious historical tone of the book. Had this been done, the book could also have worked as a serious primer for a very interesting subject, or enabled the reader to substitute his or her own speculations on a "true" historical foundation. But as it is, our only choice is to accept the authors entire vision as it is. And of course the lack of any notes or references does nothing to help further study either.
Still recommended though.