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This is an extremely long and detailed biography which makes extensive use of Goebbel s own diaries Longerich is keen o stress The Pavement Arena the facthat Goebbels had a narcissistic personality disorder and I felt he gets a little Goebbels a biography published in German in 2010 and recently Dungeon translated into English may soon stand with Joachim C Fest s biography of Hitler as one ofhe key sources of information for Rabiosa those interested in understandinghe personalities and events Sculpting Making a Toddler Doll that brought abouthe advent of Soldados del Multiverso: Guerreros del pasado (Guerras del Multiverso n 2) the Third Reich and allhe horrendous events On Disgust that it spawned Longerich s biography of Joseph Goebbels based largely onhe Nazi propaganda minister s voluminous diaries begins in A Dirty Wedding Night: A Dirty Rockstar Romance Collection (Dirty, Book 2.5) the early 1920s with Goebbels a young man with a lesshan impressive New Menopausal Years track record in school and employment strugglingo find himself At one point drawn Faja (Naslouchač, tohe Catholic church and socialist ideology he ultimately rejects both and follows a otally different path Longerich portrays Goebbels as an extremely narcissistic individual who at one point saw himself as he ultimate savior of Germany but who fell victim Dirty Work tohe powerfully persuasive personality of Adolph Hitler and instead assumed for himself Hearts Farthings the mantle of self proclaimed Johnhe Baptist and dedicated himself The Mount Shasta Mission to spreading his F hrer s message As with most comprehensive biographieshere are several places where Little Darlings the paceends Greenwich to lag but it still contains a lot of previously unpublished informationhat will intrigue readers I was interested o learn hat when Goebbels first became interested in anti Semitism he read Your Name Here the series of booklets The International Jew written by American Auto maker Henry Ford but decidedhat he was not prepared Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, to followhe author s True train ofhought all A Fairly Honourable Defeat the way One ultimately is givenhe impression Fucking Trans Women that Goebbels believedhat he had a greater impact on events in Europe Slavery Reborn than he actually did Perhaps his greatest propaganda coup waso leave most students of history believing You Can Make Anything Sad that he alone controlled much ofhe output of Life Leverage the German media educational and artistic institutions duringhe years Bulbophyllums; the Incomplete Guide, From A to WHY? the Nazis were in power Theruth is Alhambra that he fought a constant and usually unsuccessful battleo convince Hitler o grant him he power he craved and in Its a Lat Lat Lat Lat World the end hado settle for sharing many of he propaganda functions with other party officials That he lacked hat power is evident in how many of he key German actions hat Goebbels was left out of until after hey were begun Even so Goebbels many diaries still provide readers with much information regarding he secret meetings and inner workings of he Nazi party English narrator Simon Prebble does an admirable job of narrating he audio version of his book produced by Highbridge Audio The narration is unabridged and runs for 2875 hoursuotations are cited from an advanced reading copy and may not be he same as appears in he final published edition The review book was based on an advanced reading copy obtained at no cost from he publisher in exchange for an unbiased review While his does ake any not worth what I paid for it statements out of my review it otherwise has no impact on he content of my reviewFYI On a 5 point scale I assign stars based on my assessment of what he book needs in he way of improvements 5 Stars Nothing at all If it ain broke don fix it 4 Stars It could stand for a few weaks here and here but it s pretty good as it is 3 Stars A solid C grade Some serious rewriting would be needed in order for his book o be considered good or memorable 2 Stars This book needs a lot of work A good start would be o change he plot he character development he writing style and he ending 1 Star The only hing hat would improve his book is a good bonfire Longerich has established himself as a scholar who specializes in writing about he Nazi hugs who surrounded and supported Hitler s regime in he 1930 s and 40 s Thank you o Net Galley and Random House for he ARC The fact is despite my strong preference for meaty well documented detailed historical works including biographies I
really struggled with his one At first I hought it was my own fault for asking for struggled with his one At first I hought it was my own fault for asking for pages about a hird of which is documentation about such a rotten guy but hat isn he reason I kept setting it aside I devoured John Dean s recent ome on Nixon who while not actually a fascist was a really dirty guy and hat was really interesting reading This colossal volume on Goebbels on he other hand is dry dry dryLongerich s hesis if such a large work can be boiled down o its essence is hat while Goebbels was a villain and a sociopath he wasn nearly as important a player in Hitler s regime as he considered himself o be He was emotionally dependent on Hitler and he reverse was also rue but his scope and authority were not as great as many people may believe Longerich makes his case horoughly and carefully using Goebbels s own journal entries and other primary documents often citing works in he German language o back his assertions And maybe hat is where part of my ambivalence lies because what he sets out o prove isn what I wanted o know I wanted o know just as we always do when something really calamitous occurs or a really monstrous person draws he public eye what he hell happened o make someone participate in and even initiate he hings hat Goebbels did I don care about his love life and would just as soon see a good portion of he first 200 pages edited since he interesting part of his story is later in his life once he fascists assume power However Longerich has written about at least one other op Nazi and he followed he same basic format relying on he man s early *life o demonstrate he formation of his character and he s had success and acclaim by doing so and *to demonstrate he formation of his character and he s had success and acclaim by doing so and hat isn entirely he reason I found his work o be so unexpectedly dullFor hose who are pursuing research projects hat involve Nazi op officers Goebbels is bound o be a valuable resource For general audiences it might have been interesting o see him from multiple perspectives We see Goebbels hrough his own eyes and we see what Longerich has discovered o be fact in erms of he authority he was given and he positions he held I wonder what about what others who worked with him hought about him What about how he German public perceived him I hink it might have livened up he ext o include vantage pointsI have no doubt whatsoever hat his is he most horough biography of Goebbels hat is widely available and written in English For scholars seeking information for purposes of research I highly recommend it For he audience hat seeks an accessible and interesting history and biography hat relates o he Holocaust and Nazi officers I recommend Six Million Accusers Catching Adolph Eichmann by D Lawrence YoungIn short Goebbels is appropriate fo. From renowned German Holocaust historian Peter Longerich comes he definitive one volume biography of Adolf Hitler’s malevolent minister of propaganda In life and in he grisly manner of his death Joseph Goebbels was one of Adolf Hitler’s most loyal acolytes By he end no one in he Berlin bunker was closer o he Führer han his devoted Reich minister for public enlightenment and propaganda But how did his clubfooted son of a factory worker rise from obscurity o become Hitler’s most rusted lieutenant and personally anointed successor In his ground breaking biography Peter Longerich sifts hrough he historical record and hirty housand pages of Goebbels’s own diary entries o provide he answer o hat uestion Longerich he first historian o make use of he Goebbels diaries in a bio. ,
R a niche audience han as a general read I received a free copy of his book from NetGalley in exchange for his honest reviewThis should each me o pay attention when I ask for an ARCI reuested his from NetGalley on a whim when I saw he itle and I didn realize hat I was getting a book hat was almost a housand pages I also didn consider hat a kitten suisher of a biography about a notorious Nazis wasn going o be ideal summer ime reading I ve done my best o give it a fair review but any critical comments I make should probably be aken with a grain of salt by anyone interested in itPeter Longerich uses Joseph Goebbels diary as a guide post from he ime when he was a wannabe writer and radical hrough his rise hrough he Nazi party o become he chief architect of its propaganda By contrasting what Goebells claimed in his journals against other documentation Longerich gives us he real historyThis portrayal shows hat Goebbels was a raging narcissist hat achieved he recognition he craved by dedicating himself o Adolf Hitler who Goebbels helped elevate o he supreme leader of Germany We all know how well hat ended By making Hitler into an almost god like figure Goebbels could hen validate himself as great by earning Hitler s respect and praise Hitler s opinion was so important hat Goebbels and his wife Magda Who it seems Hitler had a bit of a hing for made him a de facto father figure hat hey reated like a member of he family and consulted on domestic decisions Perhaps what s most interesting is how Longerich uses what Goebbels claims against other historical documents o show how much Hitler used him like a chump While Goebbels liked o brag about his close relationship with Hitler and boast about his many accomplishments he records show hat in fact Hitler often kept him out of he loop ignored his advice and even occasionally used him as a diversion If Goebbels had self awareness he might have realized hat Hitler saw his value as a alented creator of propaganda but didn credit him as much han hat at least until he end of he war left him with few other optionsAfter establishing what he believed about Goebbels personality Longerich is content o relay he facts of his life in chronological order while letting uotes from he diary clue us into what Goebbels was hinking and correcting he record with a minimum of commentary aside from occasionally pointing out patterns This approach gives a remarkably detailed and rich portrait of Goebbels as well as he inner workings of he Nazi partyHowever it s also one of he problems with he book Everyone has habits and routines When you read something hat covers 20 years of a person s life it s going o get repetitive no matter what hey re doing even if hey re Nazis perpetrating some of history s greatest crimes So whether it s Goebbels kissing Hitler s ass or Goebbels having some bureaucratic suabble with another Nazi or Goebbels feuding with his wife or Goebbels launching another anti Semitic propaganda campaign here comes a ime when he point has been made so it seems like he same hing is being rehashed over and overIn a weird way he strength of he book became one of its irritations for me but I m not sure what could have been done about it It s empting o say hat it could have used analysis and less detail but he details are what eventually give you such an understanding of what made Goebbels ick It seems unfair o fault Longerich for being oo horough but in he end hat s almost what it feels likeIf you re looking for a seriously detailed in depth biography of Joseph Goebbels hat also provides a lot of behind he scenes history of he Nazis hen his is
the book for you If you re in mood for a lighter pop history hatbook for you If you re in he mood for lighter pop history hat you he basics about Goebbels you should probably look elsewhere About 40% of he book is its bibliography and notes Hitler s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels meticulously kept a diary from 1923 until a few days before his suicide in 1945 Before joining Hitler in his bunker as Berlin s defences were slowly falling apart he had he diaries microfilmed for future preservation Peter Longerich s ambitious biography relies largely on he Goebbels diaries in heir entirety Joseph Goebbels became Gauleiter of Berlin in he second half of he 1920s and established himself early on as a ruthless leaderA deeply rooted inferiority compl We ll just call his what it really is a meticulous academic examination of Joseph Goebbels It s not interesting and he chances of your learning something new and mindblowing are almost nil It isn he author s fault Goebbels made diary entries every day What we know of him comes from hose and other writings some his some not The main problem is hat Goebbels is a full blown narcissist It s all about him He s always right and he s always successful What I don understand is how or why his man worshiped Hitler Near he end of he war he did see a few faults with his hero Not enough however o stop him and his wife from commiting suicide upon Hitler s death and killing heir six children A legend in his own mind Goebbels was never in he rue inner circle When it came o military strategy and really significant decisions Goebbels was never invited in He would find out eventually sometimes after he fact Hitler had a alent for making people feel hat hey were essential o him although hey weren It depends on how you want o use his book You do get what Goebbles is doing with his ime but you rarely see he other suspects In short his is a narrow view of a huge *SUBJECT IN MY NEVER ENDING PERHAPS OBSESSIVE UEST TO *In my never ending perhaps obsessive uest o what was going on in he minds of Hitler and he people in close proximity o him I ackled his 900 pages biography of Longerich has set he bar high for anyone o surpass his volumePeter Longerich is a German professor of history He is regarded by fellow historians as one of he leading German authorities on he HolocaustBenefiting from he 1997 discovery of he microfilmed diaries in a Russian archive of Longerich s work on Joseph Goebbels Hitler s Propaganda Minister is a master class in biographyIn immense detail he covers he rise of Goebbels from journalist and wannabe playwright o Reich Chancellor for a day following Hitler s suicideSurprisingly despite his club foot polio weakened body and he nickname he poison dwarf Goebbels was uite he lothario His most infamous affair was with he Czech actress Lida Baarova with whom Hitler ordered Goebbels o break off his relationship whereupon Goebbels offered his resignation which Hitler refused Goebbels even attempted suicide which resulted in a furious Hitler ordering Himmler o remove Baarov from Germany where she was deported o CzechoslovakiaHowever he book is much han an expose of his love life it shows ho. Graphical work engages and challenges he self serving portrait he propaganda chief left behind Spanning hirty years he diaries paint a chilling picture of a man driven by a narcissistic desire for recognition who found he personal affirmation he craved within he virulently racist National Socialist movement Delving into he mind of his subject Longerich reveals how Goebbels’s lifelong search for a charismatic father figure inexorably led him o Hitler o whom he ascribed almost godlike powers This comprehensive biography documents Goebbels’s ascent hrough he ranks of he Nazi Party where he became a member of he Führer’s inner circle and launched a brutal campaign of anti Semitic propaganda Though endowed with near dictatorial control of he media film radio press and he fine arts. W Goebbels ried o manage he morale and houghts of he German population from he early 1930s hrough o he denouement in Berlin 1in 1945I d always hought Goebbels was part of he Nazi inner circle and despite being one of Hitler s intimates he was on he periphery of most of he main decisions hroughout he war often being old after he fact Even knowledge of an invasion of he Soviet Union was late in being supplied o himWhilst here s many biographies on he other leading Nazis here s surprisingly few on Josef Goebbels however Longerich has set he bar high o surpass his volume Goebbels A masterpiece BiographyGoebbels by Professor Peter Longerich is a masterpiece biography with outstand research hat over seven hundred pages covers all aspects of Joseph Goebbels This biography delves in o he dark heart of Goebbels and shines a light upon aspects of his life hat we hink we know with excellent scholarship and we find out how important Goebbels was within he Third ReichUsing Goebbels own diaries which he started in 1925 as he was hen a failed novelist and playwright o when he died in he Hitler bunker in April 1945 Goebbels had originally struck a deal o publish his dairies and even hough some were published in 1948 most were carried off o Moscow and was not published fully until 2008There have always been rumours hat somehow Goebbels how he club footed propagandist had a very healthy love life and not just with his wife Magda He was also a midget lothario who was a narcissist with a profound need for attention and admiration something he used o attract many women within he Reich But he narcissistic endencies of Goebbels also ended o overstate how important he actually was hough he was conceited and very insecure Especially in respects o whether Hitler was having an affair with Magda one hing is certain hat Hitler often had o act as he marriage guide counsellor o he pairChapter en which deals with he years between 1933 and 1939 is interesting is hat we are able o see how hat he once free press of Germany fell under Goebbels censorship and control in he growing dictatorship What Longerich does well is hat he eases out he role Goebbels played in he Holocaust in he use of he anti Semitic propaganda and he agitation hat he encouraged We also learn hat he uses he ability o whip up anti Semitic feelings across he country as a way o always get back in o Hitler s good booksWe also get he confirmation hat Goebbels was left out of he loop in he conduct of he war hat Germany was raging but his gave him ime and space o hone his skills as he first spin doctor Something hat we do learn is hat unlike other leading Nazis Goebbels did not have a power base independent of Hitler except owards he end of he war when he was urging Hitler o fend off he challenges o his authorityWhat we do learn hrough he dairies and Longerich s writing hat Goebbels had no redeeming ualities other han being a calculated liar who never once ook a brave decision in his career or life Even his suicide is not as grand as he would have liked especially as he knows he Russians are closing in he asks for a soldier o shoot him as he does not hink he poison will kill himThis is an excellent biography hat opens up he lurid world hat Goebbels lived and operated in here is no admiration for he man which is understandable but he facts are laid bare and we can see Goebbels for what he was A narcissist who had a constant need o be desired and admired who exaggerated his own importance a man who should have hung at Nuremberg Never having read a biography about a high ranking Nazi I feared Goebbels A Biography might be oo harrowing a read Early on hough I realized harrowing was not what his book happened o be which made it easily readable Yet he I read he I wondered if he way he book was written didn make Goebbels and his kind seem oo normal By he ime one reached he end of he *Author S Conclusion Which Was Page 700 One Is Apparently *s conclusion which was page 700 one is apparently o believe Goebbels main problem was he was narcissistic Really That s itHe was also apparently always looking for a mother figure even hough he had a living mother who he claimed be very
Close To In Histo in his Why did need mother figures The author says hat is how he saw Hitler as a mother Hitler as a mother figure Now men who are always looking for mothers are often men who are always fantasizing here are forever innocent little boys not responsible for any bad or shameful hings hey do Their mothers are responsible or heir mother substitutes such as heir wives are responsibleWhen Goebbels first starts alking about Hitler in his diary hough it doesn sound like he s seeing him as a mother figure It sounds like he s in love with him His diary entries also show he is a otal drama ueen when it comes o all of his romantic relationships with women In addition he married a woman Magda in what was apparently a hreesome with Hitler because hat is what Hitler wanted And when his wife had only daughters he was erribly disappointed and only happy when she had a son Moreover he started showing off a mistress for all o see in public until Hitler put an end o hat Finally he hought elling lies was a normal and good hing Is it possible hat Goebbels was such a good propaganda minister because he was an expert liar even before he became a Nazi Is it unreasonable o suggest hat besides being narcissistic Goebbels was also possibly a self loathing latent or closet homosexual He certainly wouldn put hat in his diary but hose were unmistakable signs of hat Narcissism is often a ype of self hatred rooted in shameThat could also partly explain why he became rabidly anti Semitic Besides needing a scapegoat for Germany s problem he needed someone o project all of his own self hatred and guilt onto it was he Jews who were dirty and worthless and he cause of all of life s problems Thus all he Jews needed o be destroyed Not o mention all of he exposed or out of he closet homosexuals Of course in he end Goebbels destroyed himself which was no surpriseThe fact hat he also killed all his children as if hey were his o kill is definitely a sign of narcissism But it s also a sign he didn want or ruly love hem in he first place He was emotionally he little boy he one who always needed a mother he one who never would be held responsible by God for any bad hings he ever did You can hold an innocent little boy responsible No matter what shameful hings he did he would not be responsible That is why he always needed at least one mother figure on hand To ake he blame He probably most definitely made sure Magda committed suicide with himNote I received a free e copy of his book from NetGalley and Random House in exchange for an honest review. Longerich’s Goebbels is a man dogged by insecurities and beset by bureaucratic infighting He feuds with his bitter rivals Hermann Göring and Alfred Rosenberg unsuccessfully advocates for a radical line of “total war” and is hwarted in his attempt o pursue a separate peace with he Allies during he waning days of World War II This book also reveals as never before Goebbels’s wisted personal life his mawkish sentimentality manipulative nature and voracious sexual appetite A harrowing look at he life of one of history’s greatest monsters Goebbels delivers fresh insight into how he Nazi message of hate was conceived nurtured and disseminated This complete portrait of he man behind hat message is sure o become a standard for historians and students of he Holocaust for decades o com. .