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Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death

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As a leader of the twentieth century's most evil regimes, Joseph Goebbel's legacy is his work constructing the mythic image of Hitler during his rise to power and his catastrophic rule of Germany. In Doctor Goebbels, Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel reveal the man behind the Nazi propaganda machine, beginning with his idyllic childhood in Germany and ending in a dramatic death by suicide.

Part biography and part horror, Manvell and Fraenkel delve deep into the mystery ...

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Overview

As a leader of the twentieth century's most evil regimes, Joseph Goebbel's legacy is his work constructing the mythic image of Hitler during his rise to power and his catastrophic rule of Germany. In Doctor Goebbels, Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel reveal the man behind the Nazi propaganda machine, beginning with his idyllic childhood in Germany and ending in a dramatic death by suicide.

Part biography and part horror, Manvell and Fraenkel delve deep into the mystery shrouding one of Hitler's most evil henchman. Using first-hand accounts from the Nuremberg Trials; by Goebbel's sister Maria; and from the fiancé of his youth, Else, Goebbel's carefully crafted character is ripped apart to reveal a boy determined to overcome youthful disabilities and prove, above all, his devotion and dedication to his country.

Doctor Goebbels is a landmark work of World War II history and delivers the kind of details that only true scholarship can provide. Written with flair and polished with care, this account is sure to leave readers shocked and surprised at the life of the Führer's "Minister of Hate."

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Review of Books
“Manvell and Fraenkel have produced...biographies of Goebbels, Goering, Himmler, and the men who tried to kill Hitler in 1944....To the best of my knowledge there are no better biographies in existence.”
Library Journal

As the Nazi party's propaganda chief, Goebbels wielded great influence over the German government and held sway with Hitler himself, whom he helped catapult to power. For this 1960 volume, the authors spoke with many of Goebbels's remaining family and past acquaintances to provide an intimate portrait of the master of propaganda.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616080297
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/9/2010
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 444,068
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Manvell was a critically acclaimed author who received access to new papers of eyewitness accounts of Joseph Goebbels. He co-wrote (with Heinrich Fraenkel) Heinrich Himmler, The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler, and Doctor Goebbels.

Heinrich Fraenkel was a critically acclaimed author who received access to new papers of eyewitness accounts of Joseph Goebbels. He co-wrote (with Roger Manvell) Heinrich Himmler, The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler, and Doctor Goebbels.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

The First Years 1

"History's Children" 42

Berlin 68

The Fight for Power 95

Minister for Propaganda and Public Enlightenment 123

"These Years of Triumph" 174

Total War 223

The Last Months 259

The Bunker 280

Notes 299

Appendix A Chief Events in the Life of Goebbels 313

Appendix B Plan of the Führerbunker 318

Bibliography 319

Index 323

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Must read

    A must read for anyone studing nazi Germany, Look into the mind of one of the most intelligant nazi leaders, very well written and revealing

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2014

    Reads like a term paper

    One would not think that such a topic could be lackluster. It is in this biography. The book is a sequential collection of (primarily) quotes from diaries and letters that describe the insecurities that presumably underlie the behavior of Goebbels. I guess I was more interested in learning the effectiveness of his talent for propagandizing than I was in how his disability made him insecure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Frankly would not read this if you paid me . Why would anyone?

    donate to friends service committee who helped get families out then a name best forgotten

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