The Rise and Fall of the Notorious Nazi Leader
Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, president of the Reichstag and Hitler's designated successor, Herman Goering was one of most capable – and sinister – leading figures of the Third Reich.
He played a major role in smoothing Hitler's road to power through helping to secure the support of generals, financiers and industrialists, and as creator of the secret police he showed formidable energy in crushing all resistance. As commander of the Luftwaffe, he led the mightiest air force the world had ever seen.
As the Second World War drew to a close, however, Goering was a bloated shadow of his former self, he became an increasingly discredited figure, despised by Hitler and ridiculed by his former fellow henchmen.
In this classic biography, Manvell and Fraenkel have drawn on interviews with members of Goering's family, his former associates, his enemies and his servants. His extravagant lifestyle and tastes, his unusual habits and uniforms, his cunning, ambition and casual brutality, are all explored in dramatic detail. The result is a thorough and intimate portrayal of this dangerous and contradictory man and an insightful history of the rise and ultimate collapse of the Third Reich.
ROGER MANVELL and HEINRICH FRAENKEL are critically acclaimed authors who co-wrote a number of highly regarded books on Nazi Germany's key figures, including Joseph Goebbels (Doctor Goebbels, Frontline) and Heinrich Himmler. They also co-wrote The Men Who Tried to Kill Hitler (Frontline).
It is rare to see, in so small a compass, the foundation of the character of the subject, and the appeal of the Wagnerian and Prussian atmosphere in which Goering grew to be aggressive, domineering, suicidally brave and stupid. This is a very well written work.PENNANT
Goering, Roger Manvell, 9781848326002, FrontlineHistory of War
This is a very high quality biography of a surprisingly complex figure, helping to explain his rise and eventual fall, while also providing a interesting picture of the Nazi leadership.
(The) two authors are highly experienced, especially in biographies of Nazi leaders, and this is a very well written book. It is rare to see, in so small a compass, the foundation of the character of the subject, and the appeal of the Wagnerian and Prussian atmosphere in which Goering grew to be so aggressive, domineering, suicidally brave and stupid.Pennant
Goering's evident flaws and inconsistencies make him a fascinating subject for a biography. This book is recommended for readers with an interest in the history and personalities of Nazi Germany.Military Times