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Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs by Albert…

Inside the Third Reich: Memoirs

by Albert Speer

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"Inside the Third Reich is a memoir written by Albert Speer, the Nazi Minister of Armaments from 1942 to 1945, serving as Adolf Hitler's main architect before this period. It is considered to be one of the most detailed descriptions of the inner workings and leadership of Nazi Germany but is controversial because of Speer's lack of discussion of Nazi atrocities and questions regarding his degree of awareness or involvement with them."--… (more)

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"Inside the Third Reich" is an inside account of Nazi Germany from one of Hitler's top aides and revered architect, Albert Speer. Speer is one of the few top Nazi officials who did not receive a death sentence or life sentence at Nuremberg. Instead, he received a 20 year prison term, which he made great use of by writing this elaborate and seemingly honest account of Germany's failed war effort. ( )
  Scorched_Earth | Sep 11, 2018 |
stamped: "Mr. and Mrs. William E. Booker, 5723 Lester Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45213"
  AnomalyArchive | Aug 12, 2018 |
Ugly Printing

This is a review of the large paperback edition published by Ishi Press. The copyright page states: "Current Printing in June, 2009, Ishi Press in New York and Tokyo". In reality, what you'll receive is a beastly print-on-demand copy printed not in June 2009 but soon after you order it on some cheap digital printer in San Bernardino. This edition is roughly the same size as the 1970 hardback edition, but for some odd reason, this version has a 2-inch bottom margin, and the main text is printed in a much smaller font. Some pages look like bad photocopies. Sort of ironic that the memoirs of an artist like Speer are presented in such an unattractive way.

The smaller Simon and Schuster paperback edition can be had for less than a third of the price of the Ishi Press edition, and I can't imagine that it looks any worse. I suggest buying either it or a good used hardback edition if you can find one.
  cpg | Oct 15, 2017 |
Interesting biographical read about Hitler's "architect" who job description grew under Hitler. He eventually got wrapped up in wartime armaments production for Germany. Ultimately tried at Nuremberg for use of slave labor for some of the larger projects during the war (especially when labor was getting hard to find). He was one of the younger persons in Hitler's inner circle. He saw indications of or heard about bigger issues of the Third Reich, but was never directly involved (per the biography).

Interesting reading about how Speer was drawn into the realm and influence of Hitler and his observations of Hitler changed during progress of the war. As an engineering/architecture interested guy, I found tracking how Speer grew and evolved as part of the upper stratosphere in the Third Reich was captivating. ( )
  usma83 | Jul 27, 2017 |
On the whole this is a surprisingly dull memoir by Speer, Hitler's pet architect and later Minister of Armaments and Munitions for the Nazi regime. Perhaps this has something to do with Speer's dry German temperament, or maybe it just underscores the banality of evil. It's not a case of the author having absolutely nothing interesting to say (for instance, he recalls Hitler scolding Hess for bringing his own specially-prepared vegetarian meal to the Fuehrer's dinner table, and ridicules Himmler: "Himmler, on the other hand, obviously was going his own absurd way, which was compounded of beliefs about an original Germanic race, a brand of elitism, and an assortment of health-food notions...When, for example, the Japanese presented him with a samurai sword, he at once discovered kinships between Japanese and Teutonic cults, and called upon scientists to help him trace these similarities to a racial common denominator"), but unless you have a fetish for the minutiae of Nazi architecture, Inside the Third Reich is a bit of a snoozer. Speer was an architect, after all, and has few profound insights to offer about his party's role in history; he admits that he rationalized Hitler's actions, that he exposed himself as little as possible to the horrific reality of his government's racial and eugenics campaigns, and leaves it at that.

Objectively, two and a half stars...but I'll give it three because Speer was actually there. ( )
  Jonathan_M | Jul 1, 2016 |
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Speer, AlbertAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Davidson, EugeneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maffi, EnrichettaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maffi, QuirinoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winston, ClaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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