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I wrote the below review about two years ago, in 2016, and have since gone ahead and read the book from cover to cover I still agree with most of what it says this book is boring, technical, and highly subjective but I m going to upgrade it one star because it was possible for me to finish it I actually think where this book will be most valuable to historians is in piecing together Speer s ambiguous postwar legacy, and in that sense it s a shame that Gitta Sereny didn t give itatten I wrote the below review about two years ago, in 2016, and have since gone ahead and read the book from cover to cover I still agree with most of what it says this book is boring, technical, and highly subjective but I m going to upgrade it one star because it was possible for me to finish it I actually think where this book will be most valuable to historians is in piecing together Speer s ambiguous postwar legacy, and in that sense it s a shame that Gitta Sereny didn t give itattention in Albert Speer His Battle with Truth I also had some problems with the translation, especially the inconsistent translations of SS ranks, which made it hard at times to figure out who was superior to whom The book ends with a series of appendices which arelike incomplete chapters or essays that didn t fit into the rest of the book This may becommon in German publishing, but the fact that the American publisher left it in is a testament to their perception that a new Speer book would sell well, no matter how rambling and dull it was.I m provisionally giving this book 1 star, because I tried twice to read it and got too bored to finish That was half my life ago, however, and someday I m going to need to return to it and read it as amature, educated person Looking it over again, I think it might beinteresting than I thought For now, however, I m going to try to reproduce my twentysomething criticisms.Albert Speer wrote this book after his considerable success with Inside the Third Reich and Spandau, hoping no doubt for another success as the moderate, contrite voice of the Nazi high echelons He claims to have started it with the intention of writing a history of the armaments industry in Germany during World War Two, the area for which his ministry was responsible But, he says, as he went through the documents of the time, he discovered how the powerful and vast bureaucracy of the S.S had fought him at every turn, and how Himmler had hoped to make his organization the dominant power in the postwar Reich, and that is what he wrote about instead I said that I found this book boring, and that was my biggest problem with it at the time I read it Most of it consists of highly technical details about materials, factories, production numbers, and official and unofficial conferences It is not a memoir or biography, nor is it a discussion of the most heinous acts of the S.S., it is an exploration of their interference with private industry, and that isn t going to appeal to many readers It may be a valuable historical record, however, which is part of why I want to come back to it The other problem is that Speer has fallen into the trap of reproducing his own rivalries with Himmler and others in the Nazi hierarchy including Bormann, Lammers, and Goering from his subjective viewpoint, without seeing that he was as much a part of the problem of a squabbling and back stabbing court as his enemies were In choosing Himmler as his villain, he also reproduces the alibi of a nation argument it wasn t me, it was the guys in black hats and uniforms that did all the evil of the Third Reich In that sense, however, the book mayaccurately reflect Speer s weaknesses as a witness If you are serious about detailed study of the technical workings or intrigues of the Third Reich, this book may have some value, but it is not an interesting read, and its biases are only too clear Fair warning I have two different editions. Again it probably deserves better than this rating, but either the author or the narrator I read whatever version the Library of Congress used in their audio recording had an ability to put me to sleep quickly almost every time I tried to get in a few chapters. Fascinating ( DOWNLOAD EPUB ) ☲ Infiltration ♬ Infiltration, by Speer, Albert tr by Joachim Neugroschel