Inside the Third Reich

Written by Hitler s Minister of Armaments and War Production, the man who kept Germany armed and the war machine running even after Hitler s mystique had faded, this memoir gives us as complete a view as we will ever get of the inside of the Nazi state BW photos.
Inside the Third Reich Written by Hitler s Minister of Armaments and War Production the man who kept Germany armed and the war machine running even after Hitler s mystique had faded this memoir gives us as complete a view

  • Title: Inside the Third Reich
  • Author: Albert Speer
  • ISBN: 9780684829494
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. This book is definitely essential reading if you have any kind of interest at all in either WWII, or the agency which individual people can have within a totalitarian system. Inside the Third Reich is a lengthy - in my edition, seven hundred pages, not including notes, bibliography or index - memoir written by Albert Speer, focusing on the years between 1933 and 1945 when he was Hitler's architect, his Minister of Arms and Munitions, and probably one of the closest things Hitler had to a friend. [...]

    2. This is not a book for the easily disturbed, but it's vital to not only history, but also to humanity. Inside the Third Reich spreads the word loud and clear that the horrors of the Holocaust did happen, that millions were led to their demise because of it, and that we can't let this truth be swept under the carpet if we don't want it to happen again in other forms.

    3. Amazing book! Goes into almost mindnumbing detail of the bureaucracy of Nazi Germany, so may not be for those with only a casual interest in Hitler, Nazism, or the Holocaust. However, the book provides an intriguing portrait of Hitler and, surprisingly enough, just as intriguing a portrait of Speer, a shiftshaping chameleon who, much like I and my friends, left college with no idea what to do with himself, had no real connections, and was having trouble finding a career, who seemingly stumbles i [...]

    4. When I was a boy most of us admired the Nazis for their aesthetic: the rallys, the marches, the uniforms, the insignia. My own admiration was somewhat qualified by the fact that Mom grew up under German occupation in Norway and Dad served in North Africa and Sicily. In any case, they were fascinating. The first grownup book I ever read was probably The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.Albert Speer, along with Hitler himself, a closet decorator, was substantially responsible for the much-admired [...]

    5. Denn es gibt Dinge an denen man schuld ist, selbst wenn man sich entschuldigen könnte - einfach weil das Ausmaß der Verbrechen so übergroß ist, daß davor jede menschliche Entschuldigung zu einem Nichts verblaßt. (524)For there are things of which one is guilty, even if one could excuse oneself, simply because the crime is so huge that every human exculpation pales before it.Albert Speer was one charming motherfucking pig. He charmed his way to the top of his profession. He charmed his way [...]

    6. I came to this book via the TV show "The Man in the High Castle", which is itself based on a Philip K. Dick short story of a world where Germany and Japan won the second world war. Rufus Sewell is the actor who plays a high-ranking Nazi officer in the TV show. Sewell mentioned in an interview that his sympathetic portrayal of a gradually dehumanised officer is based on Albert Speer. Speer was Hitler's architect and rose through the ranks to become Armaments Minister. So I thought I should read [...]

    7. I may have read Albert Speer's memoirs with a cynical eye but to me all I heard were the self centered and egotistical banterings of another one of Hitler's entourage.Speer says multiple times that Hitler had a magnetice or magical hold over him but only once does he say that he should have looked deeper into who he was blindly following. The German people wisened up quicker that Speers. I think that Hitler rubbed Speer's ego so much that he never really cared about anything else. The whole book [...]

    8. In my many years of interviewing some very high ranking members within the Third Reich, and having read this book many years ago, I know that Speer was not only aware of the Holocaust, he was quite instrumental in directing a large portion of the slave labor program. I have verification from such luminaries as Gen. Adolf Galland, SS-Lt.Gen. Karl Wolff, SS Brig.Gen. Otto Kumm, and Hitler Youth Leader Artur Axmann, etc. What I do know was that Speer, while not a very willing participant, did try a [...]

    9. In 1989, during my Peace Corps service, I came across the book "INSIDE THE THIRD REICH" quite by surprise and could not put it down. I read it for hours nonstop.The story that Speer relates here of his life and career in the Third Reich, first as Hitler's architect, and later as the Minister for Armaments and War Production (1942-1945) is gripping and compelling. You get a real, tangible sense of what the people (e.g. Goering, Hess, Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, etc.) were like who played key role [...]

    10. Absolutely fascinating.Since this two-word review accumulated 7 likes somehow, I would like to add more but there's not much to add really. This is a truly unique book. Speer provides a more intimate and revealing portrait of Hitler than any other biographer could ever accomplish. No other book about Hitler rivals it, much less his fellow genocidaires Stalin and Churchill.

    11. Fascinating memoir that provides a detailed account of the workings and personalities of the Nazi leadership. Speer's book really brings to life the people behind history's most infamous regime, yet the narrator himself remains at a distance, providing only occasional paragraphs of insight into his own thoughts. He comes across as determinedly apolitical - a laughable aspiration in light of the Nazi government's crimes - focused solely on technology, efficiency, and competence, with eventually s [...]

    12. Fabulous autobiography of Speer's life inside Hitler's Third Reich, written whilst serving his 20 yr prison sentence in Spandau Prison.This book has been criticised by many, who accused Speer of having diluted the part he played in helping construct a Nazi empire and building an efficient War Machine when appointed by Hitler as Minister of Armaments of the Reich.It is possible that Speer might have wanted to instill a better image of himself but it does not make the book any less insightful or S [...]

    13. Un nazist cu față umanăMi-aduc aminte că, pe vremea lui Ceaușescu, nu erau puțini aceia care nu-l considerau pe marele cîrmaci responsabil pentru existența lor umilă, fiind convinși pe de o parte că nu e la curent cu suferințele îndurate de popor și pe de alta că e dus de nas de nevastă-sa, care ar fi adevărata sursă a tuturor relelor. Fără îndoială că această credință naivă a exploatat-o Iliescu atunci cînd le-a promis, în 1990, celor care-au mîncat salam cu soia, [...]

    14. 2008-08-31. So far as any member of the Reich was "admirable", it was Speer the architect-turned economic minister. I've heard good things about this.Well Albert Speer certainly was a fantastic Minister of Armaments; good for him, because he'd have likely gone broke if his job were, say, taking an epic personal life and not turning it into 600 pages of scalp-curling tedium. It always seemed that Speer was this enigmatic, Alec Guinness-as-Col. Nicholson-on-the-River-Kwai figure: among but not of [...]

    15. Albert Speer's autobiography is an incredible portrait of the inner circle of Hitler's Nazi Germany, written by a brilliant, philosophical and insightful man. The recreation of how his career as an architect picking up some government commissions led to becoming arms minister of Germany, and the subsequent events is fascinating in the extreme. Perhaps even more fascinating is the way Speer reveals the various power struggles, intrigues, missteps, etc. of the inner circle of Nazi leadership and t [...]

    16. A fascinating look into the workings of Hitler's regime--so frustrating to see how disorganized and easy to paralyze, if only one had the right information at the right time. It took a long time to get through, but worth it!

    17. Am euphoric at completing this mammoth book, and my first memoir read. The book does exactly what it claims to do, although one would still be skeptical about Speer's knowledge of the Holocaust. One explanation I can think of in his favor, is that he was simply too bogged down with his own responsibilities and the extreme irrational attitude of the Reich, that when Hanke told him what he had seen at a concentration camp, he simply couldn't get himself befuddled more! Apart from this, there is no [...]

    18. Unas memorias diferentes que nos muestran a un Adolf Hitler más cercano e incluso íntimo que en nada tiene que ver con el presentado en las grandes obras que lo retratan. Una lectura muy, muy recomendable.

    19. I've recently began my research of National Socialism and the Third Reich. How fortunate that I happened upon this book! It's an excellent place to start such an endeavor. Speer was a key figure under Hitler, yet at the same time he was rather an outsider, a technocrat with little understanding of the ideological basis for the government in which he made his strong mark as armaments minister.The book is very well written and thus an easy read. Speer was very close to Hitler, for much of the twel [...]

    20. As an avid reader of many books regarding World War 2, I really enjoyed this. It is a fascinating glimpse into the day to day workings of the Nazi machine . Albert Speers perspective is refreshing as he was not strictly (in his own words) a nazi ideaologist, whether this Is to be believed or not is up to the reader. But it is the juxtaposition of his apparent detachment from the regimes ideaology with a unique access to the people involved that makes this book really interesting in comparison to [...]

    21. The history of the Third Reich is replete with unanswerable questions in addition to its unimaginable cruelty. However I found one question particularly perplexing after reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and Inside the Third Reich. How could Hitler’s inner circle of top generals, aids and civilian administrators see Germany collapse about them and still continue to follow Hitler in his madness to the very end to their country’s and their own demise. Yes there was at least one atte [...]

    22. I want to keep my distance from a work like this because although I feel Speer is mostly an honest narrator, his clear, somewhat banal account of the Third Reich, Hitler, and his own activities read like a generic memoir, somehow perverting the madness of the time—the destruction, inhuman cruelty, and the quest for absolute power. By giving us this account, Speer affirms that for the most part the atrocities of the the Third Reich were carried out by otherwise normal, almost boring men, like h [...]

    23. Speer was an architect and a technocrat who was swept up with passion for his work to the point that he did not care about the monstrous evil he was participating in. He was a confidant of Hitler, but still could not really understand what was central to Hitler, saying that Hitler had no core, but was a pragmatic power seeking maniac, not in touch with reality. Most of this book is taken up with the workaday tasks that Speer had to perform for the Reich, which included long hours, abandonment of [...]

    24. I acquired this book from my Father-In-Law's bookshelf after he died. "Pim" was born in Leipzig, Germany in 1928 and lived in Germany throughout the course of the war. He was conscripted at the end of the war, when Germany drafted all able-bodied males between 16 and 60 years of age. "Pim" died in 2012 so I was privileged to take a few of his books home with me. This was the first one that I read.I don't know if I truly "buy" Speer's insistence that he didn't know what was going on at the exterm [...]

    25. One hesitates to assign stars here. Speer's book is important, well-written, and offers a unique perspective. Speer is, himself, a wily narrator who carefully chooses what to omit. Having read a number of books on Speer, I have to say that I am more of the opinion of van der Vat's The Good Nazi: The Life and Lies of Albert Speer than of Sereny's Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth. One doesn't want to believe that one could be charmed by a man who was responsible for what Speer clearly had done, [...]

    26. Fascinating book but I found myself wondering if Herr Speer was really the hero he made himself out to be. Did he really single-handledly prevent the scorched-earth decree from Hitler from being carried out? Did he really face up to Hitler and say "the war is lost" and "you have no right to ask the German people to suffer because YOU lost the war"? We'll never know. But this much is sure, Herr Speer gave us a detailed look at the top level of Nazi government in both victory and in defeat. His ch [...]

    27. A fascinating glimpse into the mind of Hitler's architect, who would eventually be responsible for prolonging the war far beyond what anyone predicted. Written while spending most of the rest of his life in prison for war crimes, he describes how he was drawn in, what it was like working with the leaders of the Nazi regime, and their downfall. It's not surprising that he tends to paint himself as more moral than most--yet at the same time he was the only one on trial who ever admited guilt or sh [...]

    28. Дуже потужна книжка від персонального архітектра Гітлера, рейхсміністра озброєння і боєприпасів.Ця книжка - мемуари, написані під час 20-и річного ув'язення після Нюрнберзького процесу.Надзвичайна цікава як з точки зору архітектури, планування виробництва, агітації, опису [...]

    29. Speer gives us insight into the thinking of two people: (1) himself, and (2) Adolf Hitler. (1) He is somewhat ashamed of not knowing more about what was going on. However, he doesn’t beat himself up much about it either. He merely says he should have known more about politics. He was enthralled by the magnetic personality of AH, but he was most interested in his own opportunity to build, based on AH’s confidence in him, and AH’s access to money to do the building. This desire and opportuni [...]

    30. 20 Jan. 2018I read this book when I was in High School in the early 70s.My memories of that read are that it was incredibly boring and not well written, despite my having a pretty intense interest in the topic at the time.Speer wrote the book while serving a long prison sentence in Spandau prison after his war crimes convictions at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal.I don't remember that many of the details, except some of the pictures of the buildings he designed for Hitler and his Third Reich - [...]

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