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I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Hitler & Himmler Uncensored may be the most profound book I have ever read, especially Hitler's speech at Platterhof, which comprises most of Chapter Three, preceded only by a brief introduction by Veronica Clark. There has been so much misinformation and outright disinformation endlessly promoted by ignorant, and oftentimes dishonest, individuals of all stripes and political persuasions about Adolf Hitler, and National Socialist Germany in general, that I found this short book to be particularly enlightening. For anyone with an open mind and a serious interest in history, this book is not only a must read, but a must own. Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist movement in Germany are easily the most demonized and misunderstood aspect of modern Western history. Exploring concepts of race, volk (or folk), National Socialist ideology, and the real happenings of the most devastating war ever waged in human existence -- the unspeakably horrific fratricide commonly known as World War II -- the authors offer the reader an insight into a deliberately convoluted aspect of history, using the words of two of National Socialist Germany's most important leaders: Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. Each translated speech includes notes by the authors offering valuable insight and guidance to the reader. I highly recommend this book!
The speeches in this book were given by Hitler and Himmler to their political and military leadership "behind closed doors." If there is anything that reveals their true thoughts and motivations, this is it. The translations read easily in English with minimal obvious edits by the editors. A few inline comments by the editors in Hitler's speech helps explain some passages without being a distraction. The editors ask the reader to determine for himself if Hitler seems to be justifying the war and his decisions and if he seems desperate. I will not reveal my conclusions but his words still ring loud and clear across the intervening 70 years. I invite you to read this book and reach your own conclusions.
There is ample introductory and supplemental material regarding concepts of race and the Volk vs Nordic vs Aryan debate which helps set the table. The afterward and epilogue provide more information and discussion regarding WW II and the geopolitical struggles that shaped military strategy at the time, and offers explanation as to why Germany and the Axis powers lost the war.
Readers interested in National Socialism should find this book worthwhile - especially those who believe National Socialism = Race hatred. Also, I believe reading Mein Kampf in additon to Hitler and Himmler Uncensored should prove a valuable study.
Overall, this is a scholarly, yet readable, work.
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