Book review: Speer saw the Hitler he needed to see

Albert Speer is the man who fascinates me even more than Hitler.

From a psychological point of view, there is much that can be understood about how and why Speer ended up as “Hitler’s architect”. But those sorts of individuals who face such choices between good and evil are usually fictional. Here is the original, a man who says he did not see the signs of evil because, quite frankly, he had his own insecurities with which to deal.

Speer’s arguments are believable. (Even after reading Gitta Sereny’s Albert Speer: His battle with truth, I am convinced by Speer’s arguments. Of course, I’m not justifying them or excusing them, but I believe him.) I think, simply put, Speer did not want to see what he should have seen.

I have discovered that in life, men are full of contradictions. If you believe this to be the case, then there is no reason to think that man cannot be blinded by what he wants to see rather than what he ought to recognise.

To read about Speer’s impressions of Hitler and the men who worked within the Third Reich is amazing. Here is someone who was as close to one of the most interesting historical figures the world has ever known. His story is truly amazing. The book is definitely one of the three I would want with me on the desert island adventure.

Michael Jabri-Pickett Speechwriter • Editor • Journalist