In life, and in the grisly manner of his death, Joseph Goebbels was one of Adolf HitlerÃ¢ÂÂs most loyal acolytes. By the end, no one in the Berlin bunker was closer to the FÃÂ¼hrer than his devoted Reich minister for public enlightenment and propaganda. But how did this clubfooted son of a factory worker rise from obscurity to become HitlerÃ¢ÂÂs most trusted lieutenant and personally anointed successor?
In this ground-breaking biography, Peter Longerich sifts through the historical recordÃ¢ÂÂand thirty thousand pages of GoebbelsÃ¢ÂÂs own diary entriesÃ¢ÂÂto provide the answer to that question. Longerich, the first historian to make use of the Goebbels diaries in a biographical work, engages and challenges the self-serving portrait the propaganda chief left behind. Spanning thirty years, the diaries paint a chilling picture of a man driven by a narcissistic desire for recognition who found the personal affirmation he craved within the virulently racist National Socialist movement. Delving into the mind of his subject, Longerich reveals how GoebbelsÃ¢ÂÂs lifelong search for a charismatic father figure inexorably led him to Hitler, to whom he ascribed almost godlike powers.
This comprehensive biography documents GoebbelsÃ¢ÂÂs ascent through the ranks of the Nazi Party, where he became a member of the FÃÂ¼hrerÃ¢ÂÂs inner circle and launched a brutal campaign of anti-Semitic propaganda. Though endowed with near-dictatorial control of the mediaÃ¢ÂÂfilm, radio, press, and the fine artsÃ¢ÂÂLongerichÃ¢ÂÂs Goebbels is a man dogged by insecurities and beset by bureaucratic infighting. He feuds with his bitter rivals Hermann GÃÂ¶ring and Alfred Rosenberg, unsuccessfully advocates for a more radical line of Ã¢ÂÂtotal war,Ã¢ÂÂ and is thwarted in his attempt to pursue a separate peace with the Allies during the waning days of World War II. This book also reveals, as never before, GoebbelsÃ¢ÂÂs twisted personal lifeÃ¢ÂÂhis mawkish sentimentality, manipulative nature, and voracious sexual appetite.
A harrowing look at the life of one of historyÃ¢ÂÂs greatest monsters, Goebbels delivers fresh insight into how the Nazi message of hate was conceived, nurtured, and disseminated. This complete portrait of the man behind that message is sure to become a standard for historians and students of the Holocaust for decades to come.
Praise for Goebbels
Ã¢ÂÂPeter Longerich . . . has delved into rarely accessed material from his subjectÃ¢ÂÂs diaries, which span thirty years, to paint a remarkable portrait of the man who became one of HitlerÃ¢ÂÂs most trusted lieutenants.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂThe Daily Telegraph
Praise for Heinrich Himmler
Ã¢ÂÂThere have been several studies of this enigmatic man, but Peter LongerichÃ¢ÂÂs massive biography, grounded in exhaustive study of the primary sources, is now the standard work and must stand alongside Ian KershawÃ¢ÂÂs Hitler, Ulrich HerbertÃ¢ÂÂs Best and Robert GerwarthÃ¢ÂÂs HitlerÃ¢ÂÂs Hangman: The Life of Heydrich as one of the landmark Nazi biographies. As the author of a celebrated study of the Holocaust, Longerich is better able than his predecessors to situate Himmler within the vast machinery of genocide. And he brings to his task a gift for capturing those mannerisms that are the intimate markers of personality.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂLondon Review of Books
Ã¢ÂÂ[An] excellent and comprehensive biography.Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂThe New York Review of Books
About: NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE TELEGRAPH â¢Â From renowned German Holocaust historian Peter Longerich comes the definitive one-volume biography of Adolf Hitlerâs malevolent minister of propaganda.
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