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Title Speer : Hitler's architect / Martin Kitchen.
Author Kitchen, Martin, author.
Publication New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
Copyright date ©2015
Description xii, 442 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call # B SPEER K
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [372]-421) and index.
Summary "In his best-selling autobiography, Albert Speer, Minister of Armaments and chief architect of Nazi Germany, repeatedly insisted he knew nothing of the genocidal crimes of Hitler's Third Reich. In this revealing new biography, author Martin Kitchen disputes Speer's lifelong assertions of ignorance and innocence, portraying a far darker figure who was deeply implicated in the appalling crimes committed by the regime he served so well. Kitchen reconstructs Speer's life with what we now know, including information from valuable new sources that have come to light only in recent years, challenging the portrait presented by earlier biographers and by Speer himself of a cultured technocrat devoted to his country while completely uninvolved in Nazi politics and crimes. The result is the first truly serious accounting of the man, his beliefs, and his actions during one of the darkest epochs in modern history, not only countering Speer's claims of non-culpability but also disputing the commonly held misconception that it was his unique genius alone that kept the German military armed and fighting long after its defeat was inevitable"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents 1. The Young Architect -- 2. Nuremberg and Berlin -- 3. Germania -- 4. The State of German Armaments in 1942 -- 5. Minister of Armaments -- 6. Labour : Free, Forced and Slave -- 7. The Consolidation of Power -- 8. The Challenge to Power -- 9. Miracle Weapons -- 10. The End in Sight -- 11. The End -- 12. Nuremberg -- 13. Spandau -- 14. The Good Nazi.
Subject Speer, Albert, 1905-1981.
Speer, Albert, 1905-1981 -- Political and social views.
Cabinet officers -- Germany -- Biography.
Architects -- Germany -- Biography.
Nazis -- Biography.
War criminals -- Germany -- Biography.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
Germany -- Military policy.
Speer, Albert, 1905-1981. (OCoLC)fst00033443
Architects. (OCoLC)fst00813114
Cabinet officers. (OCoLC)fst00843535
Military policy. (OCoLC)fst01021386
Nazis. (OCoLC)fst01035219
Political and social views. (OCoLC)fst01353986
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
War criminals. (OCoLC)fst01170469
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Genre Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
ISBN 9780300190441 (hardcover)
0300190441 (hardcover)

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