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Heinrich Himmler: The Sinister Life of the Head of the SS and Gestapo

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Authors Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel, notable biographers of the World War II German leaders Joseph Goebbels and Herman Goring, delve into the life of one of the most sinister, clever, and successful of all the Nazi leaders: Heinrich Himmler. As the head of the feared SS, Himler supervised the extermination of millions. Here is the story of how a seemingly ordinary
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Published (first published 1965)
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Interesting, but a little difficult and confusing. The author points out that something is a fact, then contradicts himself towards the end of the book.

otherwise, not particularly enjoyable read, but full of information. Not a juicy book.
Razvan Zamfirescu
Dementa nazista nu poate fi inteleasa fara a-l cunoaste pe Himmler. Vioara intai in procesul de exterminare a evreilor, principalul inginer al teoriilor rasiale, pionierul aplicarii arianismului in cadrul unei organizatii (SS) si principalul vinovat de ororile care au avut loc in Europa cotropita de razboi, Himmler adeseori este uitat si lasat in umbra lui Hitler.
Este foarte adevarat ca fara Hitler, Himmler nu si-ar fi putut pune in practica ideile fanteziste, schemele diabolice si planurile in
Disclaimer: I was able to get this as part of Kindle Unlimited, along with the audiobook. I'm not sure if I would have bought this if I had seen it since I have such a long queue of other things to read.

Having said that, the book was a decent biography of Himmler. As it was relatively short compared to other recent Isaacson biographies I've read lately, it didn't give as good an impression of its subject. At the end I felt like he was just a deluded, sickly bureaucrat with some strange ideas. I
Manvell and Fraenkel conducted years of meticulous research both with primary documents and those who actually knew Himmler to bring about a biography of the man infamous for being in charge of the S.S., Gestapo, and concentration camps that made the terror of Hitler’s reign possible. They seek to provide a well-rounded look at Himmler’s entire life for those with some familiarity with the events of World War II.

This was a fascinating and difficult book to read, not because of the writing style
Manville writes a pretty good book on this excuse of a man who was Hitler's right-hand man in the extermination of millions during World Wat II. Manville portrays Himmler and a geeky, self-serving, kiss-ass while possessing the power to kill at will. I also found Himmler's Aryan race philosophies quite distrurbing -- especially the honor code (if there could be a honor in the SS) dictating how members should be breeding with "good Nordic stock" while also promoting a that good German women shoul ...more
I might be a strange person, (okay 'am,' and was a strange teenager) but I read this specifically because the cover looked all evil and I wanted to read about some evil crap.'s very hard to review books about WWII/Nazis. Simply put, I think that there have been eviler people in the world besides Heinrich Himmler. ...and there, I've been burned at the stake for heresy. I mean, my overall impression of him was that he was a fanatic with some pretty freaking weird-ass beliefs. Add in some ...more
Jeffery Hicks
We should never forget

world war two has always fascinated me. it was one of the darkest periods in our history filled with horrifying deeds and horrible men. at the same time the world came together. this book provides an insight into one ofp the evil men and both fascinates and horrified me.
Jason Rodriguez
More than meets the eye

As someone who is interested in WWII, this book depicted more than just the monster who everyone knows as Himmler. It shows multiple sides of his personality. A must read for anyone interested in WWII Nazi history
Jun 21, 2013 Shinju rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: principiantes, noobs
Himmler (Manvel, Fraenkel) Versión en español

Excelente descripción biográfica de Himmler. Narra hechos que abarcan desde la infancia hasta la muerte del Reichsfuhrer. Cuenta con testimonios de familiares y amigos que fueron cercanos al personaje en vida o que en alguna ocasión trabajaron para él. Los errores en la publicación son muy pocos, en redacción o traducción pues ha sido quizá muy literal en ocasiones, pero se puede fiar del libro. El punto de vista del autor es bastante objetivo. La nar
Gary Stocker
Worrying how someone from a stable, respectable background can turn into someone like that. Charecter of contrasts in that he was meticulously honest in the way he did not loot art treaures or fiddle his expenses, unlike most of the top nazis, then on the other hand be responsible for mass murder. For no other reason than he was obeying orders. Think one of the unsung heroes (although he did get a nobel peace prize for it) was his masseur, Kersten. He used his influence with Himmler to get him t ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Jeff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those already having an extensive knowledge of the Nazi era
I was excited to begin reading this book as I'm not very up to date on Germany during the Hitler era. I lost my enthusiasm quickly, however, as I was having a very difficult time following the timeline as it was being described. Actually, I'm less than halfway thru and I've had it. I'm overwhelmed by the constant jumping back and forth in time. And I mean constant. The reason for giving 3 stars is my admission that I need to learn some more of the basics before trying to read this book.
Fredrick Danysh
Himmler was the leader of the Gestapo and without mercy. This is the story of his rise to power, his assassination, and the reprisals afterwards.
Alessandro Modena
This book is a very important and instructive story of the main Hitler arm of the final solution
Michael Flanagan
A great and informative read and one of the most notorious Nazi leaders.
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