I would recommend this book with reservations. It does a very god job of explaining things that I saw and heard while I lived in Russia. Jokes finally made sense! On the other hand, as a librarian and a scholar, I had major problems with this work. It lacked objectivity and several facts have since been proven to be false.
The narrator mispronounced a lot of words. I found it very difficult to stay in the "story" because I frequently missed pieces while I mentally translated the words into Russian.
This book inspired me to look for the primary source materials and to learn more about the various people mentioned.
This book is strongest when it presents the bare facts of different events and when it quotes official documents. For now I recommend the book, but I am looking for something better.
This book (and the other two books in the trilogy) are must reads for anyone who wants to learn about Nazi Germany. The first book was especially compelling because it gave me the background that I often find lacking in examinations of World War II and the Nazis. I appreciated. At times, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of detail and because I did not know the names and their spellings. I simply listened to the book again to pick up those details. The book is depressing, heartbreaking, and even on occasion uplifting. It was nice to see a well rounded, objective approach to the subject. The narrator did an excellent job. I wish that he was the narrator of another book I am about to finish. It would have made the other work much easier to wade through. I cannot recommend this work highly enough.
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