The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership

The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership

by Joachim Fest
     
 

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In fifteen incisive profiles, Joachim Fest, one of the greatest authorities on the Third Reich, offers a compelling and definitive examination of the lives of the most infamous Nazi leaders: the dark powers behind Hitler's throne. They include Hermann Goering: Hitler's designated successor and issuer of orders for the Final Solution; Joseph

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In fifteen incisive profiles, Joachim Fest, one of the greatest authorities on the Third Reich, offers a compelling and definitive examination of the lives of the most infamous Nazi leaders: the dark powers behind Hitler's throne. They include Hermann Goering: Hitler's designated successor and issuer of orders for the Final Solution; Joseph Goebbels: Reichsminister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda and the Kristallnacht mastermind; Heinrich Himmler: Reichsführer of the SS, responsible for the deaths of more than six million Jews; Martin Bormann: Hitler's private secretary, who wielded power by controlling access to the Führer; Rudolph Hess: Deputy of the Nazi Party who was tried at Nuremberg and controversially imprisoned for life; Albert Speer: "the Nazi who said sorry"; and of course, Hitler himself.

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"Fest’s descriptions are hypnotically interesting . . .He has pulled together more details of the lives of his subjects than are included in any other book. The device of focusing on one major figure per chapter enables Fest to bring them to life as individuals and in contrast to each other. Each figure is a window that opens onto part of the dreadful landscape." - Christopher Lehman-Haupt, New York Times"Fest’s system of organization, his biographical framework and his constant probing for insights into the nature of modern totalitarianism give this book a unique and powerful intensity."
- Wall Street Journal"Here is the composite face of Hitler’s Third Reich made of a kind of rogue’s gallery of profiles of the main Nazi leaders - Hitler foremost, but not necessarily the most hideous of the lot. While Fest studies Hitler in frightening detail, he exposes no less the grotesque and inhuman psyches of the Heironymous Bosch-like figures who made the power grab with him . . .A chilling book, and immensely valuable.’
- Publishers Weekly"A very good book indeed. The author has mastered the literature on the subject, he writes well and with great assurance, and provides a much-needed synthesis on a grand scale."
- Walter Laqueur, New York Times Book Review"This book is perhaps the most important recent addition to the literature of the Third Reich."
- Hannah Arendt, German Jewish political theorist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848857032
Publisher:
I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,285,057
Product dimensions:
1.11(w) x 1.11(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

Joachim Fest (1926-2006) was born in Berlin. He was drafted into the German army during the final phase of World War II, and later studied law, history, and German literature. From there,hehad a wide-ranging career in newspapers and radio, leading him to his final appointment asPublisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Other books by FestincludeHitler, Plotting Hitler's Death,Speer,and Inside Hitler's Bunker, his celebrated biography of Adolf Hitler.

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