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In this revealing biography, Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel examine the life of Heinrich Himmler, tracing the evolution of an ordinary boy into a man who would supervise the extermination of millions. The authors paint a portrait of a man whose insecurities magnified his obsessions and paranoia, leading him to orchestrate one of the worst atrocities in history. Multiple AudioFile Earphones Award winner Joe Barrett's somber tone is leavened by his vocal clarity, creating a smooth narrative flow that allows listeners to appreciate the meticulously-researched details of Himmler's life.
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Publisher's Summary

Authors Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel, notable biographers of the World War II German leaders Joseph Goebbels and Herman Goring, delve into the life of one of the most sinister, clever, and successful of all the Nazi leaders: Heinrich Himmler. As the head of the feared SS, Himler supervised the extermination of millions. Here is the story of how a seemingly ordinary boy grew into an obsessive and superstitious man who ventured into herbalism, astrology, and homeopathic medicine before finally turning to the “science” of racial purity and the belief in the superiority of the Aryan people.
©1965 Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 06-02-16

Fascinating

This book is book three of a trilogy; the other two books were “Joseph Goebbels” and “Hermann Goring”. I understand this was the first in-depth biography of Himmler. This book on Himmler was first published in 1965.

Roger Manvell (1909-1987) died in 1987; he was born in London England. He was the first director of the British Film Academy. He was the author of many books on film making and on Nazi Germany. In 1975 he became a professor at Boston University. Manvell wrote this book with Heinrich Fraenkel (1897-1986). Fraenkel was a well known biographer of Nazi War criminals. Fraenkel was born in Leszno, Poland. At the time of his birth it was known as Posen, Germany. Fraenkel immigrated from Nazi Germany to Britain. He was also a well known chess player. This book on Himmler was first published in 1965.

Himmler was the head of the SS and he supervised the extermination of millions. The authors follow his life from boyhood to his death. He is thought to have developed the Nazi “science” or racial purity theory and the idea of the superiority of the Aryan people. The book covers some of the most difficult periods of the Nazi rule.

I found the book a fascinating study of Himmler and the people around him. This book goes into how the Nazis rose to power in Germany and what they did with this power. The book is well written and meticulously researched. The authors reviewed all the archived documents on Himmler as well as diaries, correspondence and other materials. They also interviewed people involved with Himmler.

Audible Studies produced and published this as an audiobook in 2013. Joe Barrett has won multiple “earphone awards” for narration of audiobooks. Barrett’s narration of the book was excellent.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel H. Johnson, Jr.., MD on 05-06-15

Important History

The author promised to present the story without being judgmental and succeeded. We are left to the inevitable conclusion by the facts themselves.

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