I read this book when it was first published after at first being reluctant to buy it . As I imagined it to be an open and shut case I assumed its pages would be padded out with reams of unnecessary gory details to appeal to the strange individuals who seem to relish that kind of thing . I remember There seemed to plethora of such books in the 70's .
However I was wrong . Hastings delivers a deeply thought provoking piece of analysis of Human Nature without in anyway condoning the horrors perpertrated by the 2nd S.S. or for that matter the communist branch of the resistance who were involved in their own agenda . On a recent battlefield tour of Ypre's our tour guide declared that " war brings out the best in man ", I chipped in ," or the worst , depending on the man ". He wasn't best pleased .
He should of read this book , I reccomend anyone who has an interest in the subject to do the same .
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