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Himmler by Peter Padfield
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Feb 25, 2012

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Read from February 25 to March 01, 2012

A thick, authoritative tome of evident scholarship weighted by meticulous research detail. There were a few too many orphaned speculations that the book might have done better to leave out rather than leave unexplored. It does tend to wander away from its subject at times, which account for the occasional sequencing issues (perhaps understandable given the complexity of Himmler's relations with other Party members and the author's diligence in providing useful reference to the context of the war). Padfield attempts to draw too heavy a line between Himmler's psychological experiences as a child and adolescent and his adult behaviour - which is fine for some causal connection, but a bit too heavy without more than just some testimony and his diaries). Overall, a fairly dense and masterful account of a tormented, devious, possibly sociopathic, pseudo-orientalist, clerk-ish terror instrument who created a state within a state.

If history and frequent appeal to historical documentation is not to your liking, you might give this a pass.
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