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Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death Roger Manvell Skyhorse Publishing


30th June 2012 History Books 16 Comments

Manvell and Fraenkel have produced…biographies of Goebbels, Goering, Himmler, and the men who tried to kill Hitler in 1944….To the best of my knowledge there are no better biographies in existence. (The New York Review of Books )

Roger Manvell was a critically acclaimed author who received access to new papers of eyewitness accounts of Joseph Goebbels. He co-wrote (with Heinrich Fraenkel) Heinrich Himmler, The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler, and Doctor Goebbels.

Heinrich Fraenkel was a critically acclaimed author who received access to new papers of eyewitness accounts of Joseph Goebbels. He co-wrote (with Roger Manvell) Heinrich Himmler, The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler, and Doctor Goebbels.

A biography of the Nazi minister who showed the world the danger and power of propaganda.

Quite possibly the most dangerous and intelligent member of the Nazi hierarchy, Joseph Goebbelss flair for propaganda and spectacular organization ensured the fuhrers rise to power. As founder of the Reich Chamber of Culture, gauleiter of Berlin, and architect of complex machinery of modern totalitarian propaganda, Goebbels is considered one of the most evil figures of the twentieth century. It was through his understanding of the instruments of public enlightenment that the dictatorship was built and maintained. Through interviews with his friends and family and with information from his own unpublished diary, a remarkable picture of Goebbels emerges.

Manvell and Fraenkel have produced…biographies of Goebbels, Goering, Himmler, and the men who tried to kill Hitler in 1944….To the best of my knowledge there are no better biographies in existence.

Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death

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

Manvell and Fraenkel have producedbiographies of Goebbels, Goering, Himmler, and the men who tried to kill Hitler in 1944.To the best of my knowledge there are no better biographies in existence. The New York Review of Books

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 boy grew into an obsessive and superstitious man who ventured into herbalism, astrology, and homeopathic medicine before finally turning to the science of racial purity and the belief in the superiority of the Aryan people.

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










  • 16 responses to "Doctor Goebbels: His Life and Death Roger Manvell Skyhorse Publishing"

  • Hugh McInnes
    9:19 on June 30th, 2012
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    When you have finished this book you will surely know almost everything about the life and character of Doctor Goebbels. It is intensively researched and thorough. But somehow it fails to transmit to the reader the continuous excitement and drama that characterized the hateful, roiling Third Reich. Perhaps that is attributable to the authors’ commendable effort to present this despicable man in a balanced, non-biased form. But all in all a good history book worth the read.

  • Johhny
    9:52 on June 30th, 2012
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    Joseph Goebbles personifies racial hatred and Roger Manvill brings this out A reader should read his books on Goring and Himmler to see how such warped thinkiing that one race is superior to another leads to a lack of vision which ultimitily to ones downfall.Goebbles physical characteristics are so far from the ideal “nordic type” its a wonder the others didn’t subject him to “Racial purefication. Brilliant but equally evil

  • Tridus
    13:35 on June 30th, 2012
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    This is an excellent biography on one of the most sinister figures of the past century. It was full of facts I didn’t know before (as a WW II junkie) and I finished the book within a couple of days. Fascinating from beginning to end, I highly recommend it!

  • Vineeta M Greenwood
    18:36 on June 30th, 2012
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    A fascinating insight into the mind of the madman Himmler. A must read for any student of World War II. Part of the incredible Himmler / Goebbels / Goering series by Roger Manvell & Heinrich Fraenkel. Great book.

  • ovgadget
    21:44 on June 30th, 2012
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    Roger Manvell and Heinrich Fraenkel present a very well documented account of Joseph Goebbels which in itself reveals an individual who was driven and blinded by absolute loyalty and a quest for Nazi power. The authors worked from existing remnants of Goebbels diary’s and accounts from people who knew and worked with the Goebbels family and Joseph Goebbels himself. The truths behind the historical facts is a stunning, even shocking, account of a very intelligent narcissistic individual who became the driving force of the Nazi Party. It was Goebbels who designed and shaped the great party rallies and was the written and radio voice of a propaganda machine that has been studied and followed by others, but never matched or duplicated. This book then should be read with care and understanding of an individual whose blind loyalty to Adolf Hitler and the Nazi cause made Germany the most powerful country in Europe and yet destroyed Germany completely in the end.

    This monograph is a must read for any student of Nazi history to help better understand the inner circle of the Nazi Party and how it eventually destroyed itself.

  • Mozelle
    3:20 on July 1st, 2012
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    Well written and an enjoyable read. Tough subject but thorough with good references, particularly from Schellenberg.

  • cyborg
    5:24 on July 1st, 2012
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    Here is a book that any student of the Holocaust should read. The most facinating part of the book for me was the story of how Himmler was captured by the British and while being searched by an army doctor, Himmler bit down on a cyanide capsule and died. The book, written as a result of interviews from people with first hand knowledge of the events, shows how Himmler was a part of the inner circle of Adolf Hitler. Himmler, acting on Hitler’s orders exterminated millions of Jews during the Second Would War and when it was apparent that the war was over, Himmler entered into a dialogue with the British where Himmler thought he could use his SS to support the British and battle Communism in Russia. When faced with the Allies desire to try and execute anyone connected with the extermination of the European Jews, Himmler claimed the same garbage adopted by Rudolph Hoss (commandant of Aushwitz) Goebbels and the rest of Hitler’s inner circle that they were only following orders and to disobey Hitler’s orders was treason. It was so fitting that Hitler discovered Himmler’s treachery and dismissed Himmler from the Nazi party before Hitler committed suicide. Himmler is described as a sorry excuse for a man, and his childhood and family life is fairly disclosed. The book discloses the man Himmler was, a sick individual with delusions of inferiority towards the Jewish race, Himmler was anxious to exterminate every Jew he could get his hands on to attempt to eradicate the seed of Judiaism. Truly a sick man with a sick mind. This is another piece of information on the players of the Holocaust, an in depth view of the mind of one of the most heinous criminals of our era, a man who wanted to perfect the jet engine and the A Bomb which would have been directed at America, a man that everyone should read about so that he can live in infamy forever. As a postcript, the book talks about Himmlers daughter Gudren from a first marriage and his other two children from another relationship. Its interesting to note that Himmlers two children from his second relationship changed their surname and vanished into oblivion while Gudren Himmler continued to be a supporter of the National Socialist Party and to this very day helps old Nazi’s accused of crimes against humanity, pity Gudren Himmler did not have the same fate of the Goebbels children, i find it amazing and sad that Gudren has never been “wacked”, we can only hope!

  • Hold On There
    8:05 on July 1st, 2012
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    A superb biography of a sinister individual. a clear must read for thcse wishing to delve into germanic history.

  • wongndeso
    11:17 on July 1st, 2012
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    This book looks at the mental and emotional of one of evil men, second to Hitler. How much evil he was trapped in on his own doing is just unbelievable. A must read for people trying understand the period and what lead up to men like Himmler.

  • T. Edison
    18:42 on July 1st, 2012
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    Nice item delivered in time a little worn out in the corners but that’s ok. The expedition fees were a little expensive (around 10$)

  • michael parson
    3:01 on July 2nd, 2012
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    Manvell and Fraenkel’s compelling biography of the life and death of Heinrich Himmler is a masterful attempt at understanding a pivotal figure in the unrelenting horror story of the third reich. One of the most effective methods they use to do this is their reliance on the recollections of Felix Kersten, Himmler’s personal masseur, as well as those of Kersten’s wife.

    Himmler was so impressed by Kersten’s ability to relieve his constant stomach pains through his legendary massage skills that he forced Kersten to become his own personal masseur, and by default, his personal conscience and father confessor. Kersten was able to argue with Himmler against genocide and even to get “favors” from Himmler, including saving friends and even Jews from the maws of the Nazi death machine. Himmler explicitly recognized this trade off, even crediting Kersten with his comment that “Kersten massages a life out of me with every rub”.

    In the period following the D-day invasion, as the eventual defeat of the nazi regime became increasingly evident, even to Himmler, Kersten was even able to subtly influence Himmler by playing upon what remained of a conscience and his fears of eventually being charged as a war criminal, and convinced Himmler to meet with Norbert Masur, director of the Swedish sector of the World Jewish Congress in order to negotiate the release from the death camp, Ravensbruck, of “a thousand Jewish women for evacuation to Sweden, under the cover of their being of Polish origin. Himmler was still openly afraid that Hitler might discover what he was doing.” Himmler also explored channels, through contacts via Kersten, the possibility of negotiating a separate peace with the West (as opposed to Russia) should Hitler be deposed or die.

    This biography is particularly fascinating during this phase when Himmler tries to justify the Nazi regime’s “anti-Jewish” policies while at the same time trying to build some semblance of an image as someone who “tried” to end the slaughter and a “trust-worthy” potential successor to Hitler. Throughout the biography the reader is given repeated insights into the character, or lack thereof, of this bureaucrat who instituted the most highly organized and systematically evil mass extermination in the history of humankind. If you want to understand Himmler, this is a must book.

  • Oldman's Sack
    7:52 on July 2nd, 2012
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    Not a bad book to read.A little dry at times but overall very informative.I did like the Heinrich Himmler book by the same authors a little better.If you want to learn about Germany’s past then it’s a must read.

  • JohnnyL
    11:15 on July 2nd, 2012
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    Oh that Heinrich Himmler (1900-45) the infamous Reichsfuhrer of Hitler’s S.S. had never been born! Alas he was! Himmler first saw the light of day in Munich. His father was a teacher. The boy was raised in upper middle class comfort; he was too young to serve in the trenches in World War I. Himmler was a good student who read chemistry in university. He married a nurse who ran a retirement home. Both of the Himmlers were interested in herbal medicine and raised chickens on a farm.
    Himmler became an early member of the Nazi Party participating in the failed Beer Hall Putsch in November, 1923. He became head of the SS and plotted to destroy the rival SA under Ernst Rohm in the night of long knives murders of June 1934. He was Hitler’s policeman being in charge of the SS, Gestapo and Reserve Army.
    Germany was a brutal dictatorship under Hitler and his cronies from hell.
    Himmler’s Death Head SS was charged with administering the concentration and extermination camps. Over six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Himmler was a rabid anti-Semite who wanted to wipe Jewry off the map; resettle German pioneers in Russian and the East and ensure Germany rulership over Europe and the entire world. His SS men were told to procreate prior to battle and stud farms for willing females were established across the Reich and in occupied territories.
    Himmler looked like a mediocre middle class man who might be a teacher, professor or clerk. He had a child by his wife but carried on a longtime affair with his secretary-mistress Hedwig who gave him two children. He loved blond Nordic individuals. He was spartan in his life style dabbling in genealogical research, the occult and delving into the German past. Himmler truckled to Hilter; his hero was Genghis Khan.
    Herr Himmler was cold and ruthless. Himmler’s right hand SS man was Reinhard Heydrich the sinister master of Prague who was assassinated in 1943. Himmler was a weak and sick man who relied on Felix Kersten to relieve him of his pains. Himmler committed suicide by biting on a poison cyanide pill while under capture by British troops in May 1945.
    This book is an old biography being printed in the early 1960s but is still a valuable study of a horrible man and the foul regime he represented. Well done!

  • Owen Linnen
    14:49 on July 2nd, 2012
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    I found the book read fluidly, with my interest always maintained. the reason for three stars and not more is down to historical detail – or should I say historical error. It is now a common, accepted fact that 900,000-1,100,000 perished at Auschwitz, not two million as the author(s) note. Neither was the Warsaw Ghetto dated from ‘medieval times.’ I imagine the authors have got muddled by the fact the Warsaw Ghetto was in a district called Muranow – an area that only really started to take off in the late 18th century. The warsaw district is named after medieval Murano near Venice, which is possibly what threw them. Thirdly, at one point Himmler’s field HQ in east prussia is identified as Birkenwald. No, it was Hochwald. These are three errors I’ve managed to spot, I wonder how many more there are. On top of that, there are several (pedantic) grammatical mishaps which really should have been spotted before printing. As I say, it’s a very, very good read, but when an amateur historian is finding errors, it doesn’t fill you with confidence.

  • jdenishuggard
    16:54 on July 2nd, 2012
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    This is a good general biography of one of mankind’s worst. The details revealed of his life are at least shocking. This man who was Hitler’s #2 man in the Nazi heirarchy is revealed as a man who should not have been so high up in the Nazi world. He was defective physically and morally in spite of his high intelligence and organizational skills. It is interesting to read about such an evil man, his philosophies, his lust for the ladies and his ignoble suicide and his killing of his wife and children. One might say’ read this and be warned. The photographs were few and of poor quality.

  • Chelsea Aubin
    18:52 on July 2nd, 2012
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    Lies and deception, cruelty and hatred were the unsavoury ingredients which were brewed in the brain of Joseph Goebbles (1897-45). He was born in Rheydt in the Rhineland to good middle class parents; graduated with a Ph.D from Heidelberg and wrote “Michael” an early novel. Goebbels was an early member of the Nazi Party. The little doctor was a truculent worshipper of Adolf Hitler his beloved “Fuhrer.” Goebbels was a rabid anti-semitic Nazi who drove the Communist Party out of Berlin in his role as Gauleiter of the German capital.
    Goebbles was a meticulous well organized workaholic demanding perfection from himself and others. It is rumoured that he wore a different suit for each day of the year. He wed Magda Goebbles a lovely divorcee and rabid Nazi. The couple had six children. The Goebbels commited suicide in the Berlin bunker shortly following the suicide of Hitler. The infamous couple poisoned all of their children even though they could have grown up with relatives. Goebbels was unfaithful to Magda conducting affairs with showgirls and movie stars including Lida Baarova the fetching Czech screen idol of Germany. Magda was also, probably, unfaithful to Goebbels. The couple were forced to reconcile on orders from Hitler.
    Goebbels was a master of mass propaganda controlling German media from radio to cinema to theatre and opera. His word was law and there was no freedom of expression in the arts during his reign over German culture.
    This relatively brief but comprehensive biography of Goebbles will enable the reader to get inside the mind and world view of this cruel genius of oratory and hatred. The joint authors are deceased writing this book in the 1960s. Despite new research on Goebbles this biography is still worth reading.

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