Gitta Sereny's biography meticulously re-creates for the reader the professional, emotional, and psychological life of Albert Speer, Hitler's architect and later his Minister of Armaments. Throughout the 12-year history of the Third Reich, Speer remained one of Hitler's most trusted confidants and one of the most powerful political leaders of the Nazi party. Researched and written over an eight year period, Albert Speer weaves together information from innumerable personal interviews with Speer, his family, close friends, and professional colleagues, the author's own solid grasp of German history, and critical readings of Speer's own writings, including various drafts of his memoirs, Inside the Third Reich, first published in 1969.
Throughout, Sereny consciously avoids the pitfall of many Speer biographers, who seek to either blame or exculpate Speer for the Nazi's atrocities. Instead, she succeeds in helping the reader understand a "morally extinguished" man and place into context "all the crimes against humanity which Hitler initiated, which continue to threaten us today, and of which Speer, who was in many ways a man of excellence, sadly enough made himself a part." Well over 700 pages, Albert Speer is not a quick read, but superbly written and meticulously researched, it is a pleasure to read, providing unprecedented insight into one of the most complex figures in modern German history. --Bertina Loeffler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Based on extensive firsthand interviews, this biography of the late Nazi Speer probes the nature of good and evil.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Well written despite being dated. Interesting insight to Speer. Sheds new light on his early years for me and the inner workings of Hitler and Nazi GermanyPublished 3 days ago by mg111
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This was a man who knew more about that bane of our century, Hitler, than anyone else. Read more
Sereny's style is irreproachable and this book offers profound insights. Its uncomfortable to read, especially for those of us who grew up knowing Speer's involvement with the Nazi... Read morePublished 3 months ago by D. Waterman
This is an excellent look at Hilter's friend and favorite architect. It is just the right mix of first-person interviews, Speer in his own words, and analysis. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Doug Thompson
the boy genius he would have been able to build a new world...you should see the plans speer and hitler had for citys and buildings!Published 5 months ago by brandon d baur
Very well written with revealing information that helps us to understand some of the behavior of that time period. Read morePublished 6 months ago by gary falkenberg
"Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth" is a dense but well-written, meticulously researched and brilliant tome by the London-based journalist Gitta Sereny, reconsidering the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joseph M. Papp