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Face of the Third Reich By Joachim C. Fest

Face of the Third Reich By Joachim C. Fest
Pantheon | ISBN 0394734076 | 1977 | 402 Pages | siPDF & HTML | 2,2 Mb & 0,5 Mb

In these searing profiles the author dissects the lives of fifteen infamous Nazis - including Hermann Goring, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, Martin Bormann, Ernst Rohm, Hans Frank, Albert Speer, and Hitler himself. He also analyzes the archetypal roles of the officer corps, intellectuals, and women. This work provides fresh perspectives into how dysfunctional psyches, personal ambitions, and ruthless rivalries impacted the creation and evolution of Hitler's Third Reich.

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
Blitz biographies and absence of explanations, February 8, 2003
By Takis Tz. (Germany) - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership (Paperback)
What you get in this book is pretty much what the title promises you. The author (J.Fest) plunges into a psycho-social analysis of the Nazi elite and attempts (succesufully) to shed some light on the people who moved the strings of Nazism in Germany.
Admittedly, the author's heavy writting style will turn off a certain group of viewers. While his intentions on decoding the personas that played key roles of Nazism are honest and straightforward, the atmosphere of the book is rather characterised by abusing descriptions and verbal exagerations.
Short biographies and psychological profiles are on offer here: Hitler, Goering, Hoess, Himmler, Hess, Ribbentrop, to name but a few.
However, you'd be mistaken (in my view anyway) to assume that this book will help you understand what brought this fascistic movement to power. Before even deciding whether you should read this or not, start by reading "The rise and fall of the third Reich" or other books pertaining on fascism and the masses. What is absent here are the german people themselves. Fascism does not rise because of a few psychotic personalities , and, as was proven in Germany's example, it very often complicits the people themselves to grab the power mechanisms.
But, if you are interested in blitz-biographies, and short "explanations" then the "Face of the third reich" will be a good choice. Then again, when it comes to the major players of Nazism there are far better individual biographies and character accounts out there (one of them by the author himself on Hitler).

8 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
worth reading, but short on objectivity, January 5, 2004
By Jason Heller (New York) - See all my reviews

Oversimplified and relentlessly negative. Filled with sweeping negative generalizations that ignore abundant evidence of positive characteristics of the Third Reich personalities. The caricatures painted of the key figures in the Third Reich are laughably unrealistic. As a serious history reference, this is a terrible book. It is so bad that it's actually worth reading: its sheer awfulness makes it a great example of how NOT to write a serious non-fiction book.

39 of 53 people found the following review helpful:
Marred by errors and too dry, August 8, 2000
By Candace Scott (Glendora, CA USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: The Face of the Third Reich: Portraits of the Nazi Leadership (Paperback)
This book was poorly translated and even in the original German, Fest is a heavy writer, turgid and hardly scintillating. This compilation is laden with errors, some major, some not, but the ultimate effect compromises the integrity of this book. It's absurd, for example, to make the statement that Hermann Goering's Nuremberg defense was anything but brilliant. One can loathe what Goering stood for and decry Nazism and its atrocities, but to deny that Goering stole the show at Nuremberg is historically inaccurate.
There are many better summations of the Nazi leadership than here. This is as dry as timber and about as edifying.

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