Will The Real Albert Speer Please Stand Up? The Many Faces of Hitler’s Architect by Geetanjali Mukherjee

Length: 41 pages
Genre: History, Non-Fiction

Synopsis: The author takes us on a short trip through the life of Albert Speer, but focuses mainly on the Nuremberg Trial and later evidence of deceit during the trial. The third paragraph of the official blurb gives us an idea of where the author is going to take us on this journey.

“In the years since the trial, biographers have been fascinated with the life of Speer, and have attempted to understand the man behind the enigma. The reason for the fascination is as much for his proximity to Hitler and the regime as it is for his actions at the end of the war. Were they justifiable? Was Speer’s biggest flaw his ambition and his turning away from obviously inhumane acts? Or did Speer manage to pull off the ultimate conjuring trick, convincing the court of his unintentional involvement, all the while wholeheartedly supporting the Nazi regimes’ treatment of those they oppressed?”

Cover Art: There is nothing extraordinary about the cover, but considering the book is history/non-fiction, the cover is more than acceptable. I do like how the first part of the title was printed in color so that there was more than white, black, and grey.

My Thoughts: If you don’t know anything about Albert Speer, this is a good, brief place to start. It is well written, has enough information to whet your appetite, and gives you a bibliography to get you started on your own research. But be prepared, the author is going to give you evidence to persuade you that Albert Speer was manipulative and knew what was going on during the war. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not disagreeing with the author at all. But, my personal preference when I read ‘books’ like these is to also read the opposite view. To me, it’s interesting to see what evidence people use or ignore to prove their point, or to persuade you to that particular point of view.

Rating: 3.5 stars

disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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