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Dönitz: The Last Fuhrer
"Padfield's compellingly readable book conveys a flavor of Nazi leadership unmatched by anything outside the memoirs of Albert Speer. It is difficult to frame higher praise."--John Keegan. A distinguished naval historian and biographer paints a riveting portrait of Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, the Supreme Commander of the German Navy and mastermind of World War Two's devasta ...more
Published December 31st 2001 by Cassell
(first published 1984)
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I read this almost immediately after finishing Doenitz's memoirs. Even though I therefore had a pretty fair idea of what to expect-- the life-story of a gifted yet narrow-minded naval officer rendered too inflexible by his culture and his own successes to back away from committing war crimes or admit his own strategic errors-- I was still deeply impressed by the depth and thoughtfulness of Mr. Padfield's work. I've read several other historical works by Mr. Padfield and have yet to come away unh ...more
The title really caught me and forced me to buy this one, though i normally go for Autobiographies rather than biographies. its a well researched book, one can say. but that's about all. rather than letting the reader know what a man Donitz was it at times give an idea that writer is proving a point that Donitz was after all an inhuman Nazi. for those who wish to read about the military planning and feats of the man, buy something else this aint your meat. Its a bit on biased side. Overall, not ...more