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As a young man, Joseph Goebbels was a budding narcissist with a constant need of approval. Through political involvement he found personal affirmation within the German National Socialist Party. In this comprehensive volume, Peter Longerich documents Goebbels' descent into anti-Semitism and ideology and ascent through the ranks of the Nazi party, where he became an integral member of Hitler's inner circle and where he shaped a brutal campaign of Nazi propaganda.
In life and in his grisly family suicide, Goebbels was one of Hitler's most loyal acolytes. Though powerful in the party and in wartime Germany, Longerich's Goebbels is a man dogged by insecurities and consumed by his fierce adherence to the Nazi cause. Longerich engages and challenges the careful self-portrait that Goebbels left behind in his diaries, and, as he delves deep into the mind of Hitler's master propagandist, Longerich discovers firsthand how the Nazi message was conceived. This complete portrait of the man behind the message is sure to become a standard for historians and students of the Holocaust for years to come.
©2015 Original material by Peter Longerich. Recorded by arrangement with Random House, a division of Random House LLC. (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Derek on 05-29-15

Excellent Account of the Private Goebbels, But...

This is an excellent book, but I highly recommend that anyone not familiar with the subject matter get some background or they risk feeling that this book is incomplete. William Shirer's, "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" or "Berlin Diary" would be helpful. The serious student may be interested in reading Ian Kershaw's fabulous 2 volume biography of Hitler, "Hubris" and "Nemesis".

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By Dr. Ghaedi on 06-08-15

Extremely Detailed. Not for everyone

Overall an excellent biography. Not very much here is new per say. But another very detailed and thoroughly written account with quite a number of intriguing psychodynamic (Not Freudian!) asides regarding Goebbels narcissism. The author heavily cites previously unpublished material from Goebbels diaries. However, I strongly discourage anyone who unfamiliar with either WWII, Nazi Germany, or Joseph Goebbels to start here as it makes for quite stale reading at times. Dr Longerich's writing style is academic which doesn't lend itself to keeping the readers attention for marathon reads. Therefore I would recommend "beginners start with the classic"Dr Goebbels" by Manvell & Fraenkel.

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