The book is the only real insight into the Third Reich and Hitler's rise and downfall, written by a man who was part and parcel of this important period in world history.
This memoir does not read like a dry retelling of historical events. You feel yourself a witness to an unfolding drama of deceit, treachery, genocide, and war in the heart of the Third Reich. All of these events may seem incredible as Speer describes them. But they happened, and in reading "INSIDE THE THIRD REICH", you see how it was that Germany was led down the path to destruction by its political leadership.
INSIDE THE THIRD REICH is not only the most significant personal German account to come out of the war but the most revealing document on the Hitler phenomenon yet written. It takes the reader inside Nazi Germany on four different levels: Hitler’s inner circle, National Socialism as a whole, the area of wartime production and the inner struggle of Albert Speer. The author does not try to make excuses, even by implication, and is unrelenting toward himself and his associates… Speer’s full-length portrait of Hitler has unnerving reality. The Fuhrer emerges as neither an incompetent nor a carpet-gnawing madman but as an evil genius of warped conceits endowed with an ineffable personal magic
NEW YORK TIMES
Starting out as Hitler's favourite architect and the official architect of the Third Reich, he then moved on to become the Armaments and Munitions Reich Minister and thus enjoyed Hitler's full support for most of the war. In this book he details his meteoric rise inside the Third Reich but more than his own story, it is the story of Hitler as seen by Speer. Just like countless others, Speer was mesmerized by Hitler. In hindsight he finds Hitler's speeches banal, his peculiarities eccentric and his physical features unappealing, yet he confesses he never saw any of that in Hitler's presence and was instead spellbound, inspired, emboldened and everything that fired up the Nazis at the time.
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