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Albert Speer was an unemployed architect when Hitler came to power in 1933. Soon he was designing the Third Reich's most important buildings. In 1942 Hitler appointed him Armaments Minister and he quadrupled production, an astonishing achievement that kept the German Army in the field and prolonged the war.
Yet Speer's life was full of contradictions. The only member of the Nazi elite with whom Hitler developed more than a purely functional relationship (he has even been called "Hitler's unrequited love"), Speer was always an outsider in Hitler's inner circle. He saw himself as an artist, above the crass power struggles of the roughnecks around him. But his enormous ambition blinded him to the crimes in which he played a leading role.
Brilliantly illustrated, this gripping account of one man's rise and fall helps explain how Germany descended so far into crime and barbarism.
Brilliantly illustrated, this gripping account of Albert Speer's rise and fall helps explain how Germany descended so far into crime and barbarism.
About the Author
JOACHIM FEST is a highly acclaimed historian and journalist, and the author of several widely respected books on Nazi Germany, including THE FACE OF THE THIRD REICH, HITLER, and PLOTTING HITLER'S DEATH. Following Albert Speer's release from prison in 1966, Fest worked closely with him as the editor of Speer's memoirs, INSIDE THE THIRD REICH and SPANDAU: THE SECRET DIARIES. Joachim Fest lives near Frankfurt.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Introduction: Questions, Contradictions, and More Questions
Within the Inner Circle
Germania: The Capital of the World
Minister and Economic Dictator
Stations of Ambition
Crises and Intrigues
End Without End
Judgment at Nuremberg
School for Survival
Conclusion: The Rule and the Exception