Speer: The Final Verdict

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Harcourt, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 419 pages
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Albert Speer is a great enigma. An unemployed architect when Hitler came to power in 1933, he was soon designing the Third Reich's most important buildings. In 1942 Hitler appointed him Armaments Minister and he quadrupled production, an astonishing achievement that kept the German Army in the field and prolonged the war.
Yet Speer's life was full of contradictions. The only member of the Nazi elite with whom Hitler developed more than a purely functional relationship (he has even been called "Hitler's unrequited love"), Speer was always an outsider in Hitler's inner circle. He saw himself as an artist, above the crass power struggles of the roughnecks around him, but his enormous ambition blinded him to the crimes in which he played a leading role.
Brilliantly illustrated, this gripping account of one man's rise and fall helps explain how Germany descended so far into crime and barbarism.

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User Review  - Deborah - Goodreads

Very interesting work. This book comes as close as anything to explaining how a 'normal' person would follow Hitler. It also gives a chilling warning that people like Speer are out there and are willing to work for any power wiling to promote them. There is a lesson for us all in these pages. Read full review

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User Review  - Dawn - Goodreads

The book is ok easy to read, in many ways it felt like a summary of Inside the Third Reich. I would recommend it for people who have very little knowledge of WW2 and need some background to understand the story. Read full review

Contents

Questions Contradictions
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Awakening
11
Within the Inner Circle
39
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Joachim Fest is the author of several widely respected books on Nazi Germany, including The Face of the Third Reich. Following Speer's release from prison in 1966, Fest worked closely with him as the editor of his memoirs, Inside the Third Reich and Spandau: The Secret Diaries. Fest lives near Frankfurt.

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