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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.
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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 Manx 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 The author heavily cites previously unpublished material from Goebbels diaries.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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