I had the pleasure of reading this insightful, interesting portrayal a number of years ago. It is so well written that (in total agreement with the commenter above) I have never forgotten about it. We like to think of ourselves as good, moral persons, but what if you became caught up in a horror such as Hitler's regime and were a central player in it? What lies do you tell yourself? What moral and psychological shifts do you undergo in order to be able to live with yourself?
I will read this again just for the pleasure of delving into such a well researched and meticulously written tome.
Few if any authors come close to Sereny's ability to portray the complexity of human nature (also recommended are her books about Franz Stangl and Mary Bell).
Never dry or didactic, the author never lets us forget that human beings lie at the center of all history.
The story of Albert Speer and the times and people he experienced are unforgettable. For me, I found his actions taken at the end of WWII to stop Hitlet's "scorched earth" policies remarkable. You will think about Speer for some time to come.
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