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The Good Nazi: The Life and Lies of Albert Speer [Anglais] [Relié]

Dan Van der Vat , Albert Speer


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BERTHOLD KONRAD HERMANN ALBERT SPEER was born at 11.15 a.m. on 19 March 1905, at number 19, Prinz-Wilhelm-Strasse (later renamed Stresemannstrasse) in the city of Mannheim, at the confluence of the Rhine and the Neckar. Lire la première page
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Surely This is Not a Mandatory Reading 30 septembre 1999
Par Sérgio Luis Mota Miranda - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you are researching on Albert Speer, you might as well read Gitta Sereny's book biography. If you already read Sereny's book, this one will be boring for you until the 17th chapter. The weak points about The Good Nazi are: The author did not succeed in interviewing Speer. Dan van der Vat tries then to say this is a good thing by saying that this way he avoided getting under Speer's spell. His only one acchievement was to reveal that Speer tried to hide from the public some information about decisions he toke on Berlin evacuation of jews apartments by trying to destroy the original Chronicle of his activities at the GBI. The book is good in showing how Speer worked hard after Spandau release to build an image for himself of an apolitical member of the 3rd Reich, not involved in its racial policies.That is all it will add to you, if you know Sereny's book. Concentrating his work in trying to destroy this effort done by Speer instead of making a more deeper research on his time at the Nazi government makes the book sounds like Speer was more important after Spandau than in the Reich itself, for the historians and researchers of Nazism. Finally, as Gitta Sereny, the author could not bring up any document or testimony to prove and show how much commited Speer was with the Holocaust and the deportations, being able only to discuss that he knew it by his position in the leadership of the Reich Government.The book is written in an ironic and sarcastic tone which I did not like.
18 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Well done, but falls short of other books on Speer 31 décembre 1998
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It is too easy and historically dishonest to deny Nazi party members any humanity. All too often historians depict these people as monsters. Even though Van der Vat does not demonize Speer, he does however present a less than complete picture of Speer as a high-ranking Nazi and as a human being. For those doing research on Speer or the Nazi party, a better book would be Gitta Sereny's "Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth." Van der Vat's greatest strength is his writing style. This book is surely a good read, but beyond that he misses the complexity of Speer, that was crucial to his motivations within the Nazi party. To demonize these men removes them from human experience, which presents them and the Nazi regime as a mere glitch in German history. Van der Vat's book does not rise above this flaw. However, this book would be most useful for spot research for facts and numbers alone, as opposed to a rich interpretation of history and Speer, the Nazi "Architect."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Insightful, Shocking Examination of Nazi Albert Speer 7 juin 2002
Par Barron Laycock - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Like many contemporary works of non-fiction, "The Good Nazi" provides support for the axiom that truth is often stranger than fiction. Albert Speer remains in many ways one of the most enigmatic figures of the 20th century, admired for his singular and seemingly forthright admission of guilt and culpability for crimes committed by the Third Reich during the Nuremberg War Trials, but reviled by many later for conducting a campaign of disingenuous prevarication to justify his actions and stances before during and after the war. Speer spent two decades years in the allied prison at Spandau as one of the few members of the Nazi hierarchy to escape the death sentence, and wrote a best-selling book that he secretly smuggled out over the course of the twenty years with the cooperation of his wife and family. With its publication in the early 1970s, he became internationally famous, and he shamelessly used the bully pulpit of his own notoriety to forward his own revisionist notions about what really happened during the 12-year reign of the Third Reich.
The present book revolves around the complex nature of the issues raised during this post-prison campaign. On the one hand, Speer was the only of the accused former Nazis to admit his own guilt and complicity in the crimes and misdeeds of the Third Reich, yet on the other hand he always denied any direct knowledge of the Holocaust. This terrific biography by Dan vander Vat, subtitled `The Life and Lies of Albert Speer'. represents a well-documented and penetrating investigation into the admittedly contradictory aspects to Speer's explanations, justifications, and rationalizations of his own role and conduct during and after the Second World War. The author lays an exhaustive groundwork for his claims that Speer was in actuality the ultimate opportunist, one who used his charm, position, and influence both to rise shamelessly through the Nazi ranks to become the second in command and who subsequently ployed these obfuscating skills to further ingratiate himself with the world at large.
The essence of the author's argument is that Speer was basically an amoral and extremely ambitious opportunist who did whatever was necessary to further his own life situation, whether it be that of a rising Nazi official or as a prevaricating apologist for a shameless German past. Thus, at one point Speer is depicted as the ultimate company man, a dedicated Nazi zealously and shamelessly pursuing the maximization of forced and slave labor in service to the Reich's war objective, deliberately and systematically exploiting the millions of captive peoples, most usually to the point of physical exhaustion and death. Try though he might, Speer could never adequately explain away his own behavior and actions during the war, and it seem quite evident that he did indeed conduct a campaign of deliberate obfuscation and prevarication regarding his own role in the Nazi murder machine. This is a book that sometimes makes one uneasy because of the nature of the facts it is investigating, yet which also does so with great care and endless levels of scrupulous detail. I heartily recommend it for anyone who cares to peer into what Hannah Arendt so memorably described as being the utter `banality of evil'. Enjoy!
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Speer has already taken full blame, so why? 7 janvier 2002
Par Bill Mueller - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I do not understand the purpose for this book. Albert Speer had admitted that he knew something was going on in the concentration camps, but could not bring himself to investigate it. For this, he claims, that he should be held responsible for these atrocities. He wanted to be tried and treated as if he knew fully what was happening. So, what does it matter if he really did know or not, when he took full responsibilty for it anyway? He does not claim to be a "good" Nazi nor would he want to be. He did not try to scam anybody. He stood up in front of the judges at Nuremburg and claimed himself to be as guilty as one can be. If the author feels that the punishment was lenient, he should be critical of the judges who decided on the sentence, not on Speer.
Make no doubt about it. Albert Speer was a Nazi and an evil man, if for nothing else than being a part of that regime and for not investigating further into its atrocities which was his duty. I do not think anyone disagrees with this point. He did spend twenty years in jail and was not let out until he was an old man.
I recommend reading Speer's INSIDE THE THIRD REICH which allows alot more insight to how the whole nation of Germany could be seduced by such an evil man as Hitler, and how he was too. I do however give this author credit for taking the other side of the argument and the unpopular view.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Hopelessly biased, ill focus, poor construction 24 novembre 2007
Par Andrew S. Campbell - Publié sur Amazon.com
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With the amount of Speer texts in existence, van der vat's biography certainly falls into the bottom quarter in terms of quality and relevance.

As an attempt to set the record straight, with regards to Speer, van der vat falls hopelessly short by focusing on Speer's motives, rather than the historical facts at hand. Most of this book is conjecture, trying to connect Speer to some larger Nazi conspiracy, refusing to acknowledge that Speer could have simply been an administrator, who was isolated from the larger picture of the "Jewish question" and war crimes.

Finally, the book's citations and bibliography leave something to be desired. For instance, the index does not contain an entry for "slave labor," which was one of Speer's greatest transgressions as Armament's Minister.

Recommended, Inside the Third Reich, Speer: The Final Verdict, and Interrogations: The Nazi Elite in Allied Hands.
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