Hitler's Architect

Book - 2015
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"In his best-selling autobiography, Albert Speer, Minister of Armaments and chief architect of Nazi Germany, repeatedly insisted he knew nothing of the genocidal crimes of Hitler's Third Reich. In this revealing new biography, author Martin Kitchen disputes Speer's lifelong assertions of ignorance and innocence, portraying a far darker figure who was deeply implicated in the appalling crimes committed by the regime he served so well. Kitchen reconstructs Speer's life with what we now know, including information from valuable new sources that have come to light only in recent years, challenging the portrait presented by earlier biographers and by Speer himself of a cultured technocrat devoted to his country while completely uninvolved in Nazi politics and crimes. The result is the first truly serious accounting of the man, his beliefs, and his actions during one of the darkest epochs in modern history, not only countering Speer's claims of non-culpability but also disputing the commonly held misconception that it was his unique genius alone that kept the German military armed and fighting long after its defeat was inevitable"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780300190441
Branch Call Number: 943.086 SPEER KITCHEN
Characteristics: xii, 442 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


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Jul 13, 2018

Speer by Martin Kitchen, highlights the conflicts in Albert Speer, as a person. An ardent Nazi and, war-criminal, Speer, was the Nazi who half-heartedly who took collective responsibility for all the atrocities in the Third Reich, but not personal responsibility. An utter mess of contradiction, and, confusion, that Speer is, and was.
However, this book is tough to read. It is monotone, dull, and drab. In the middle of the book, I had the strong desire to just give up. Except for a few spots, here and there, the book is a real misery to read through, and, in places feels repetitive. A good editor could have really done a great job with this book.
I wouldn't recommend reading this book, unless you are a History Major, reading/specializing about the Nazi Third Reich.


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