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Spandau: The Secret Diaries Paperback – February 17, 2010
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First of all he was the Third Reich's Architect, and one of Hitler's closest friends and during the last years of WWII he was also Minister for arms and munitions. At the "Nuremberg Judgement" he was sentenced to 20 years in Prison.
In his "Secret Diaries", Speer tries to make clear, how a well educated intellectual like him could have been caught by such a totalitarian system and got mesmerized by it. His entries are primarily his way of coming to terms with his past.
Describing several key elements from his time in office, Speer tries to find out how much his character has been influenced and far he has been manipulated.
Speer gets sentimental from time to time, but he tries to remain objective and level-headed and never falls into self-pity or lachrymose and most important, Speer sees and accepts himself as the war criminal he was.
From a historical point of view, Speer's portraying of his fellow prisoners (Hess, Doenitz, Neurath, Raeder and von Schirach) are those of great significance and fascinating to read, and his portaying of Adolf Hitler is surely one of the most precise and immediate analyse of the dictator's nature.
Of course I'm not sure how much these diaries were subsequently altered and/or changed, and it's possible that they were ! One must always keep that in mind ! But in terms of history these diaries are very valuable and of great importance.
The notable German writer Carl Zuckmayer once said about Speer's diaries: "A great book in some respects: In the human attitude of the convict, in the firmness of his discipline and in the unusual way of his expression which is both thoughtful and sincere."
"The Secret Diaries" is a controversial but utterly important book and a must read for everyone who is interested in history, and in addition to that, Speer's book is also a gripping study in existentialism.
A brilliant read!
Ok enough compliments, now the little warning: Speer however repentent he might have been and however talented he was, was sentenced to 20 years at Nuremberg for a good reason (one could argue he was actually lucky not to get the death sentence others got for less then he did).Read more ›
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Unlike most of the other reviews, I did not find anything "fascinating" about the content of this book: reminiscing about architecture, anecdotes about Hitler, daily... Read morePublished 11 days ago by j'aimelire
I like it but he tends to ramble on a lot ,with no purposePublished 3 months ago by Barbara Rickman
A great read! I still believe he knew all what was going on, but his mind was sharp enough and the reading is fascinating.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Yes it was really nice reading a book that I was that much part of history. Great item.Published 10 months ago by Anthony Carrion