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The Service: The Memoirs of General Reinhard Gehlen Paperback – 1973

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Popular Library; 2ND edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001F0NNZI
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,779,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Giuseppe Clemente on November 9, 2005
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i was very surpriced, in a positive way, about this book and his author. gehlen was the head of the eastern branch of the german military intelligence. it brings a very good picture of the use of good intelligence in the planing of foreign politics and the eventual need to go to war. amazing is the fact that many warnings and analysis made by the author and his staff were disregarded by the nazi politicians. i'm still reading the book, but i could not wait to write already a positive note. this book is a must for a foreign service official, military intelligence and history student.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Roland M. Wagner on March 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Gurman Singh Bal's comments about the memoirs of Gen. Gehlen are just ridiculous. Basically he can't get beyond his own subjective biases. The substance of his critique is that he feels Gehlen is arrogant, and he is amazed that Gehlen didn't dwell on the Holocaust. Concerning the arrogance charge, Singh Bal obviously has seen too many Hollywood movies and he can't see beyond his own stereotypes of strutting Nazis. Concerning the Holocaust charge, Gehlen wasn't involved in the Holocaust, he was not part of the bureaucracy that planned or implemented it, so why would any reasonable person expect him to dwell on it in his memoirs? Singh Bal may be surprised to hear that World War 2 was not solely about the Holocaust. The task of German intelligence on the Eastern front was to provide strategic information about the Soviets. Gehlen's memoirs provide a detailed inside look at the complex relationships between the former Nazi intelligence service and the CIA at the end of the war. It is well written, well translated by David Irving, and very insightful.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. B. ESQ on August 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
General Gehlen's book, published in 1972, is a dire warning of the ongoing threat to freedom of communism. He discusses the Middle East crisis between Palestine and Israel as a problem that will persist for decades. (In light of current events, how right he was) The book also chronicles the subversive tactics of the communist/socialist/"progressive" movements throughout the world who claim to want peace but only seek the destruction of capitalism and the downfall of the West. An insightful thought provoking book more relevant now than it was 30 years ago.
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