"These conversations will be indispensable for specialists in the history of the Third Reich and fascism."
Political Studies Review
"In its poignancy, this book gives remarkable insights into three men: Hitler, as a consummate manipulator of people; Speer, as not particularly bright but vainglorious, weak, unremarkable and very lonely; and, not least, Fest himself, who proves tenacious and resourceful. He has convinced me with a work of brilliant analysis: the best study of Speer I know."
Michael H. Kater, York University, Toronto
"These diary-type notes by Joachim Fest, bestselling historian of the Third Reich, of his extensive conversations with Albert Speer make truly absorbing reading."
V.R. Berghahn, Columbia University
Joachim Fest helped Albert Speer to draft his “memoirs” and the Spandau diaries. Between 1966 and 1981 they conducted numerous detailed conversations whose content (and at times exact wording) Joachim Fest recorded in writing after the event. The records captured in this manner are now published for the first time in this book and they provide a unique portrait of Albert Speer – of the man, his thinking and his role in the Nazi regime. They are an important contribution to understanding the psychology of the national socialist leadership and at the same time a significant document of history.
I think this book is interesting for those studying the main players in Hitler's regime.
It gives a little extra to think about - on top of Speer's memoirs. Read more
This book is a stand-out in a crowded field of works about Nazis and the Nazi era. Fest's constant probes of Speer's history and character, his unwillingness to be satisfied with... Read morePublished on April 26, 2010 by transponder