Albert Speer: Conversations with Hitler's Architect

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Albert Speer remains the most mysterious character of the leadership of the Nazi regime. He was the chief architect of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler’s confidant. Speer built the “Reichskanzlei” (official offices), discovered the “Lightdome” and was finally, in 1942, named as the minister for arms. But he characterised himself as apolitical, called Hitler’s hatred of Jews an anomaly, and the conspirators of the 20th July placed Speer’s name ...

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Overview

Albert Speer remains the most mysterious character of the leadership of the Nazi regime. He was the chief architect of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler’s confidant. Speer built the “Reichskanzlei” (official offices), discovered the “Lightdome” and was finally, in 1942, named as the minister for arms. But he characterised himself as apolitical, called Hitler’s hatred of Jews an anomaly, and the conspirators of the 20th July placed Speer’s name on their cabinet list.

  • Here at last are the memoirs of the mysterious Albert Speer, the “good Nazi”
  • Joachim Fest’s records of conversations with Speer provide a fascinating insight into the psyche of Hitler’s architect
  • This book is a vital contribution towards the understanding of the psychology of the national socialist leadership
  • Fest has created a volume that provides a unique portrait of a member of the Nazi party until now clouded in mystery
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Editorial Reviews

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"Of all the biographers and writers on the Third Reich, JoachimFest was not only good at his craft, but also had the good fortuneto be invited to act, as her describes it, as 'interrogatingeditor' for the best selling autobiography of Albert Speer. What hehas done is to create the literary equivalent of a fly-on-the-walldocumentary."
The Spokesman

"These conversations will be indispensable for specialists inthe history of the Third Reich and fascism."
Political Studies Review

"In its poignancy, this book gives remarkable insights intothree men: Hitler, as a consummate manipulator of people; Speer, asnot particularly bright but vainglorious, weak, unremarkable andvery lonely; and, not least, Fest himself, who proves tenacious andresourceful. He has convinced me with a work of brilliant analysis:the best study of Speer I know."
Michael H. Kater, York University, Toronto

"These diary-type notes by Joachim Fest, bestselling historianof the Third Reich, of his extensive conversations with AlbertSpeer make truly absorbing reading."
V.R. Berghahn, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745639185
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/14/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 809,288
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Fest, Historian, Writer and Journalist

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Table of Contents

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. Drawing Closer
  • 2. The Innermost Circle
  • 3. Highs and Lows
  • 4. The Minister: Flying Starts and Stumbling Blocks
  • 5. Breaking with Hitler
  • 6. Completion of the ‘Memoirs’
  • 7. The End and the Farewell to Hitler
  • 8. Trial, Prison Years, Release
  • 9. Expert in Escapes
  • 10. The Unanswered Questions
  • Chronology
  • Sources of Illustrations
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