The Good Nazi by Dan van der Vat
The Life and Lies of Albert Speer

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This is the real story of Albert Speer, manipulator of history and architect of his own legend. On the stand at the Nuremberg war-crimes trials, Albert Speer was alone among the accused in showing anything like remorse: he denied any direct knowledge of Hitler's Final Solution yet accepted his share of the guilt as an unwitting collaborator. But was he really what he claimed to be? In this hard-hitting biography, Dan van der Vat reveals Speer as a sham and an opportunist, a "good Nazi" of another sort: a dedicated party servant who, promoted from his role as Hitler's architect to minister of wartime production, also became the Nazis' principal exploiter of forced labor. The first biography to be written free of Speer's personal influence, this is the fullest, most incriminating portrait yet of a ruthless, masterly actor who deceived the world in the role of a lifetime. A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Best Book of the Year!

About Dan van der Vat

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Dan Van Der Vat's earliest memories are of the Nazi occupation of his native Holland. He worked in Germany for years as chief correspondent for the London Times and has written several works of the Anglo-German naval history. He currently resides in Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, England.
Published March 10, 1997 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Travel. Non-fiction

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The best biography yet on the self-described ``second man in the Reich.'' Albert Speer has long occupied a singular niche in history: that of the ``good Nazi,'' a decent and civilized man whose first love was architecture and who wished nothing more than to rebuild Germany from the misery o...

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Van der Vat, a Dutch-born English journalist, rejects the workaholic, nonparty pose as a sham and sees the self-serving memoirs and concocted diaries as incompatible with Speer's ""intimate knowledge of the core of the Nazi regime."" Not a repentant sinner to Van der Vat, Speer is a professional ...

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