Goebbels: A Biography by Peter Longerich

Publication Date: May 7, 2015

 

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[easyazon_link asin=”1400067510″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Goebbels: A Biography[/easyazon_link] is an intimate look at the life and death of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s right-hand man.

 

I received a copy of this biography from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

 

 

[easyazon_link asin=”1400067510″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Goebbels: A Biography[/easyazon_link] is a through look at the life of the influential Nazi officer of Goebbels’s own meticulous diaries. Longerich leaves no notable stone unturned in this 992-page work. While the delivery is in the nature of non-fiction work and perhaps dry and academic, the reader has a feeling at the end of really having learned something about this very interesting and horrifying period of history.

Joseph Goebbels was an interesting historical figure. As Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda he seemed a master of spin while a victim of Hitler’s manipulation. He thought himself to be on the inside but was left out of quite a number of the big decisions. Goebbels came off frequently as somewhat naïve. Maybe his narcissism gave a false confidence that he could trust what people say because he would easily see though them but surprisingly, despite his success in the Reich, his judgment of others was frequently off.

The downside of [easyazon_link asin=”1400067510″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Goebbels: A Biography[/easyazon_link] is also it’s positive—the length. Because of the weighty subject and wealth of information, this is not a read in one sitting kind of work. This reader can usually read about 250 pages per day but it took me nearly three weeks to complete [easyazon_link asin=”1400067510″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Goebbels: A Biography[/easyazon_link] as I kept stopping to consider what I’d read. Joseph Goebbels was a multi-leveled sociopath and to skimp on the unpeeling of the onion would have been a disservice to the reader. A reader only casually interested in the topic, may find themselves somewhat overwhelmed picking up [easyazon_link asin=”1400067510″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Goebbels: A Biography[/easyazon_link].

Technically the work is very cleanly written. It’s linear with no formatting errors that I noticed. Despite the length, each fact seemed to be essential to our understanding of the subject and even the most experienced editor would be hard-pressed in choosing what to remove from this comprehensive work.

What we’re left with at the end of [easyazon_link asin=”1400067510″ locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”rabidreaders-20″]Goebbels: A Biography[/easyazon_link] is frightening. Joseph Goebbels was a sociopath and narcissist who was convinced of his own brilliance and against all odds convinced scores of people as well. As someone interested in history and the psychological analysis of criminals, I found this work riveting.

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Peter Longerich is an internationally recognized expert on Holocaust research. From 1983 to 1989 he worked at the Institute for Contemporary History in Munich, Germany. He was Professor of Modern and Contemporary German History. He was Professor and is currently director of the Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

For more information on Peter Longerich and his work, check out Wikipedia and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You can connect with him on Goodreads.

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