Goebbels: A Biography by Peter Longerich
Book description from Goodreads.
In life, and in the grisly manner of his death, Joseph Goebbels was one of Adolf Hitler’s most loyal acolytes. By the end, no one in the Berlin bunker was closer to the Führer than his devoted Reich minister for public enlightenment and propaganda. But how did this club-footed son of a factory worker rise from obscurity to become Hitler’s most trusted lieutenant and personally anointed successor?
A harrowing look at the life of one of history’s 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.
First off, this was a really long read. I didn’t anticipate how long this book was and that really contributed to my rating. This is a new biography and history of Joseph Goebbels. While Goebbels is a very interesting character, this book is very difficult to read. I found it very tedious and could have been edited down. I felt the beginning of Goebbels’ life was dragged on and the pace could have been faster. Longerich’s biography of Goebbels is extremely comprehensive and well written. It gives sheds a new light at how narcissistic and anti-Semitic Goebbels really was. The biography is told through snippets of Goebbels’ diary that are expanded and explained by Longerich. It’s an enticing read that is fascinating for anyone who is interested in Nazi history. The only downside is, as I mentioned, the length. While a good portion of the book is notes and bibliography, I found Longerich’s version of telling Goebbels story was rather slow and thus made it harder to read. Overall, it was an interesting read, but I think takes someone who is interested in history to enjoy. 3.5/5
Published: 2015, 992 pages.
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