Inside the Third Reich

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Simon and Schuster, 1997 - History - 596 pages
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.

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.
 

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I have come across lots of books about Hitler which mention this work, thus I finally felt compelled to tackle it.  Tackling was a long job, but I did it.  From the page counts, of references and abstracts, I saw how long the book was, thus was deterred, when I got the book, I found out that not only did it have lots of pages, but there were lots of words on each page.  I enjoyed how there were 3 different photo sections.  In the book, the introduction, mentions how Speer had to "Smuggle out notes for this book." I wonder why he had to.  Apparently either there was some official or maybe de facto force causing him to not be upfront about it.  In some ways, my estimate of Hitler got a bit better, in other ways, it got worse.  Speer seemed to suggest Hitler was incompetent.  I thought it was especially cruel when Speer told how Hitler's adjutants were taken away when Hess did his famous act of disobedience, because the adjutants told Hitler the truth.  That just seemed beyond horrible for me.  I found it odd that as forceful of his beliefs as Hitler was, he seemed more live and let live in regards to alcohol.  Due to his temperament and also considering how as suggested by many, he was opposed to alcohol, it is surprisingly almost, that he did not embrace prohibition of alcohol.  Thomas Childers suggested that this work may not always be truthful, which I didn't like to hear at first.  Then I thought, such a suggestion is good, because I naively assumed without question, that it would be the truth.  If someone has done bad deeds like the Nazis, as folks say, they will probably lie too,  

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Written by Albert Speer who was Hitler's Architect and later his minister of Armaments. One of the few higher ranking Nazi's that accepted responsibility for his part in the war. Written while he was ... Read full review

Contents

Origins and Youth
11
Offer from AfghanistanArchitect without commissionsBoating
19
Architectural Megalomania
50
The Greatest Assignment
71
Obersalzberg
83
The New Chancellery
102
A Day in the Chancellery
117
Our Empire Style
132
Bombs
278
Hitler in the Autumn of 1943
292
Downhill
309
Armaments work in occupied territoriesAgreement with
322
Blunders Secret Weapons and the SS
362
Operation Valkyrie
377
The Wave from the West
396
The Plunge
412

Youve all gone completely crazyLaying out the grand avenue
145
The Descent Begins
161
Excess
174
Start in My New Office
189
Flight to DnepropetrovskVisit to headquartersTalks with Hitler
200
The new organizational schemeGoerings threat to resignArchi
209
The technological warEfforts at full mobilizationParty opposi
226
Intrigues
252
Second Man in the State
267
Doom
433
Hitlers Ultimatum
444
The Thirteenth Hour
461
Stations of Imprisonment
493
Nuremberg
507
Conclusions
519
AFTERWORD
525
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