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Don't forget that David Irving is nearing completion of his biography of Himmler. If it's anything like his previous biographical studies, it should prove to be the definitive work on the life of the Reichsführer-SS.
Cold Spring Child wrote:This book has brought other areas of my life to a halt. I'm 200+ pages into it and find that it occupies my mind even when I'm off tending to other necessities like feeding the kids, eating, working, sleeping, etc. Amazing level of detail on young Heinrich's habits and activities. Also a chilling recounting of the explosion of Nazi power from 1928-1933, especially in light of (please forgive me, dear moderator) recent developments in the USA regarding indefinite detention, suspension of habeus corpus, domestic surveillance, infiltration of "enemy" groups, and our apparently permanent state of war against terrorism.
As for the quality of translation to English: I've noted only two or three turns of phrase that made it apparent to me that the original work was in German. Unless you're a real stickler for sentence construction, you'll forget that it's a translation. If I could find anyone capable of translating AT THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM
into German with equal proficiency, I'd split the Amazon royalties with him or her.
I'd certainly consider other languages as well...who needs work?
michael mills wrote:I had not heard of the Longerich biography of Himmler before now, but I will keep an eye out for it.
However, I find the references to Longerich's psychological profiling of the young Himmler somewhat disconcerting. I have always been profoundly suspicious of any purported psychological analysis of a person that is not based on a proper and extensive examination of that person by a neutral and properly qualified professional.
So far as I know Himmler was never personally examined by a psychologist or psychiatrist during his lifetime, so any psychological profile of him almost 70 years after his death must be taken with a rather large grain of salt.
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