Albert Speer by Gitta Sereny
His Battle with Truth

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Albert Speer was Hitler's architect before the Second World War. Through Hitler's great trust in him and Speer's own genius for organisation he became, effectively from 1942 overlord of the entire war economy, making him the second most powerful man in the Third Reich. Sentenced to twenty years imprisonment in Spandau Prison at the Nuremberg Trails, Speer attempted to progress from moral extinction to moral self-education. How he came to terms with his own acts and failures to act and his real culpability in Nazi war crimes are the questions at the centre of this book. The author had access to Speer, his family and friends and his private papers. After twelve years of research and writing after Speer's death the result is one of the most inimate, and best informed books on Hitler and the Third Reich. Gitta Sereny's previous books include the masterful international success, Into that Darkness, on Franz Stangl, commandant of the Treblinka death camp. `This is a book not to be missed by anyone interested in Nazi Germany or, for that matter, in the complexity of human behaviour.' - Alan Bullock, author of Hitler: A Study in Tyranny 'Required reading for anyone who wants to get inside the working of the Third Reich.' - Ian Kershaw
 

About Gitta Sereny

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Her previous books include Into That Darkness, Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth & most recently Cries Unheard. Born in Vienna, she lives in London.
 
Published September 8, 1995 by Humanity Press/prometheus Bk. 800 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War, Law & Philosophy, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Sereny, to her credit, does not impose her judgment until the end, where she argues that Speer was living a ``Great Lie'';

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Based on extensive firsthand interviews, this biography of the late Nazi Speer probes the nature of good and evil.

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London Review of Books

To three years of notes from discussions in which Speer became unusually candid she has been able to add the drafts and notes for all his books, the 25,000 letters written from Spandau, and interviews with Speer ‘s family, former colleagues and associates from prison days.

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