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Speer was an ambitious young architect who caught Hitler's eye. Hitler's grandiose dreams of a greater German empire included architecture on a super-colossal scale, and he saw Speer as his planner.
When the war came, Hitler moved Speer to more immediate tasks and made him Minister of Armaments and War Production. From his vantage point within the inner circle, Speer gives us an intimate assessment of the Nazi elite during the war.
"Not only the most significant personal German account to come out of the war but the most revealing document of the Hitler phenomenon yet written." (The New York Times)
Speer, the Minister of Armaments and War Production under Hitler, the man who had kept Germany armed and the war machine running even after Hitler's mystique had faded, takes a brutally honest look at his role in the war effort, giving readers a complete view of the inside of the Nazi state. Photos & illustrations. (Military History)
Posted June 29, 2000
After finishing this book, I was first struck by the lack of excuses Speer made for his actions in his participation in the Nazi regime. Speer has written extensively on his desire to design and build which he shared with Hitler. Hitler's meglomanical personality is better understood along with his ability to charm those around him to his side and keep them there, irregardless of the consequences of his decisions or actions. It is utterly unbelievable that a man such as Hitler could have existed and the turmoil he eventually put Germany in is equally fantastic. Even those who feel they have the inside scoop on the Third Reich through study will have something to learn from this most intimate of writings by one who was arguably the closest to the heart of Nazi leadership.
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Posted March 7, 2012
Speer's first novel, Inside the Third Reich, gives the reader a view into the rise and fall of Hitler's Germany. Speer's unique closeness to Hitler and his high positions allows him to provide fascinating antidotes about many high-ranking Nazi officials, including Hitler himself. Inside the Third Reich is an incredibly fascinating book that fully illuminates a Germany from the viewpoint of probably the most qualified man to do so. This book is very throughout and in-depth, if you are interested in seeing Hitler's true personality, the inner circles of the highest Nazis, and fascinating accounts of wartime Germany, then this book will not disappoint. Inside the Third Reich gives the definitive look into Nazi Germany– A MUST HAVE!!!
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Posted February 9, 2006
I read Inside the Third Reich for an Honors World History paper and speech during my freshman year of high school. Although much of the book, especially regarding the architectural marvels comissioned by Hitler while he was in power, was engrossing, it's not without its dull points and shouldn't be read when one has deadlines to meet for school. I remember one night where I had to force myself to stay up all night to get a chunk of the book out of the way, and continued reading through the next day. I remember that I didn't finish the book, but can't remember how far I got (I did get an A tho). I swore to myself I would read it again, just not in high school. I'm a junior right now, so maybe between senior year and my first year of college I will take it up again. To conclude, fans of anythint WW2 or architecture buffs will like it, but read it when you can do it at your own pace.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 17, 2002
No figure emerged from the Second World War with greater controversy and attention than did Nazi architect and Hitler confidant Albert Speer. Sentenced to twenty years in the military prison in Spandau for war crimes, Speer was the only one of the principals tried at Nuremberg to admit his culpability in the horror that was the Third Reich. Many questioned his sincerity, for although he said all the right things, it was extremely self-serving to do so at the moment of final judgment, for his capitulation surely saved his life. Yet Speer served his twenty years and then was released to live out his life amidst even greater controversy, for Speer had kept a secret diary during his long confinement. When published in 1969 in Germany, the diary, entitled "Recollections", caused a literal firestorm of controversy based on a range of observations and positions taken by Speer. Yet the book, released a year later in a translated version for the English-speaking world as "Inside The Third Reich" was a runaway best seller based primarily on the detailed and absolutely spellbinding descriptions Speer offered regarding the principals of the Nazi regime. His observations, tidbits, and anecdotes about Hitler himself were endlessly fascinating and occasioned a lot of dinner conversation all over the world. Likewise, his portrayal of the day to day life within the so-called Nazi elite gave reader s a graphic and telling account of what these people were like, and how it was possible that they could do so much of what they did. It also established a pattern of denial of any real responsibility for what had happened on Speer's part. He claimed to have been only tangentially involved in what happened to the Jews, and that he never understood that the policy of deportation and relocation to 'work camps' was part of a conspiracy to systematically murder all of Europe's Jews. Yet careful readers find that his role as Chief Administrator Of Armament Production, which employed slave labor by both Jews and other subjugated prisoners of war certainly had a systematic policy of working these slave laborers to death. As in later works such as "Spandau", a continuation of the diaries from that prison, he claimed to be less involved in the politics of the Third Reich than in the day to oversight of functional management of its policies. This is a fascinating book, and one cannot help but to come to admire this man and his struggles to maintain his balance and his sanity during the two decades he was held at Spandau. It provides a penetrating look both at his own mental processes as well as sharing his ruminations about various details and aspects of life within the whirlwind of excitement, agony, and horror that the years of Nazi reign in Germany represent. This is a book I can highly recommend. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 3, 2000
This volume is jam-packed with facts. But it also gives insights into Der Fuhrer's mind. For instance, there is a common claim about Hitler being a Christian. Albert Speer makes it clear that this is patently untrue. Hitler had in fact rejected the nominal Catholic upbringing of his youth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2009
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