Not Me by Joachim C. Fest

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Not Me is a quiet, proud, often painful, always clear-eyed memoir.


"Few other historians have shaped our understanding of the Third Reich as much as Joachim Fest. Fierce and intransigent, German-born Fest was a relentless interrogator of his nation's modern history. His analysis, 'The Face of the Third Reich', his biographies of Adolf Hitler and Albert Speer and his descriptions of the last days in the Führer's bunker have all reached a worldwide audience of millions. But how did the young Fest, born in 1926, personally experience National Socialism, the Second World War and a catastrophically defeated Germany? In 'Not Me', the memoir of his childhood and youth, Joachim Fest chronicles his own extraordinary early life, providing an intimate portrait of those dark years of conflict. Whether describing his Catholic home in a Berlin suburb, his father's resistance to the regime and subsequent teaching ban, his own expulsion from school, or Aunt Dolly's introductions to the world of opera, these are the long-awaited personal reflections of a born observer, the exactitude of whose prose is as sharp as the memories he describes"--Publisher's description, p. [2] of dust jacket.

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Joachim Fest is a highly acclaimed historian and journalist, and the author of several widely respected books on Nazi Germany, including The Face of the Third Reich, Plotting Hitler's Death, and Speer. He worked closely with Albert Speer as the editor of Inside the Third Reich and Spandau: The Secret Diaries. He lives near Frankfurt. Martin Chalmers is a Berlin-based translator from Glasgow. He has translated some of the best-known German-language writers, including Herta Muller, Elfriede Jelinek and Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
Published January 1, 2012 by Atlantic Books. 316 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Crafts, Hobbies & Home.
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Reviewed by Rachel Seiffert on Aug 10 2012

Not Me is a quiet, proud, often painful, always clear-eyed memoir.

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