Published in the Bloomsbury Revelations series and featuring a new preface by the author, this classic biography by acclaimed historian Richard Overy takes the reader on a chilling journey into the heart of Hitler's inner circle.
Hermann Goering was Hitler's most loyal supporter, his designated successor and the second most powerful man in the Third Reich. One of the main architects of the Nazi regime, he was also instrumental in the creation of the Gestapo and directly ordered the Final Solution. But who was the man behind the carefully-constructed mask? Self-indulgent and ruthless, sybaritic and brutal, egotistical yet capable of self-effacement, weak-willed yet fiercely calculating, Goering was a contradictory, complex and often bufoonish character. He styled himself as the 'Iron Man' but was known to wear togas, fur coats and faux-medieval hunting outfits. A brilliant World War I fighter pilot, military leader and mercurial Luftwaffe commander, he also loved the opera and took a perverse pride in his ill-gotten, infamous art collection.
Richard Overy illuminates the many facets of Goering's personality and charts his story from his golden days as Hitler's most trusted commander to his failures and loss of power after the Battle of Britain, his sensational trial at Nuremberg and his ignominious death by suicide on the eve of his execution.
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Series: Bloomsbury Revelations
01 October 2020
List of Illustrations Preface to the 2012 Edition 1. The 'Iron Man' 2. Building the Goering Empire 3. Goering and the German Economy 4. Goering and Hitler's War 5. Building the Nazi Empire 6. The Era of Egotism and Incompetence 7. The Failure of the Luftwaffe 8. The Decline of the Goering Empire 9. Goering and the Politics of the Third Reich Notes Bibliography and Sources Index
Richard Overy is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He has published more than 25 books on the history of air power, the Second World War and the European dictatorships. Recent books include A History of War in 100 Battles (2014) and The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 (2013). He was the winner of the Wolfson Prize for history in 2004 and in 2010 was awarded the James Doolittle Award for his contributions to aviation history. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.