- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Sutton Publishing (November 11, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780750937818
- ISBN-13: 978-0750937818
- ASIN: 0750937815
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,078,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hitler's Henchmen Paperback – July 21, 2005
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About the Author
Guido Knopp is Head of History and Current Affairs for ZDF, Germany's second national TV channel. He has written many award-winning TV documentaries and books, including Hitler's Children, Hitler's Women and Hitler's Holocaust.
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*The author got carried away with superfluous descriptors for Goebbels. In one page he is referred to as: “the opinion-former,” “the new controller of press,” “the conductor,” “the disabled hack,” “the former pauper,” “the would-be Robespierre,” “the agitator.”
The second problem is the book's configuartion. Not witstanding the fact that a few chapters is not nearly enough space to adequately explain the lives and roles of any of these individuals, Knopp provides pages of direct quotes from and about each one, interspersed at random throughout the narrative. He also makes the fatal mistake in such an introductory work of assuming the reader is already intimately familiar with the overall history of Nazi Germany, referring to larger events without attributing dates or in what sequence they occurred. All of this left me wondering exactly who the intended audience was for this work? Nazi scholars won't learn anything they didn't already know, while casual readers are likely to find themselves hopelessly confused.
Overall, "Hitler's Henchmen" is not a well written work of history, even allowing for the fact that it was translated from German into English.
Keep up the good work. Guido Knopp