The Knight, Death, and the Devil

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The Knight, Death and the Devil is a historical and biographical novel of Hermann Goring. Published to extraordinary acclaim, it illuminates the life of Hitler's second-in-command and the rise of the Nazi party as no work--fiction or nonfiction--ever has.

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A work of honesty and passion, this historical novel is an eminently readable depiction of Hermann Goring, head of the Luftwaffe and backbone of the Nazi party. Goring was a man both pitiable and conniving; loving toward his children yet an able assassin; unparalleled as an art thief; decadent to the point of effeminacy in his plush robes; drug-addicted; suspicious of Himmler and Goebbels; and in need of his Fuhrer's favor and of his country's triumph, yet perhaps not defeated without them. Leffland's saga deftly captures not only the historical antecedents that made Germany central to 20th-century history but some of those the Nazi juggernaut crushed on the way. The historical aspect is occasionally a little lumpy, but the insights of a fine novelist--from the depiction in human terms of Nazi squabbles to the gassing of a disabled person--more than redress the balance. A lousy title but thoroughly recommended.
- Peter Bricklebank, City Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This biographical novel portrays Nazi leader Hermann Goring's contradictory shift from sentimentalist and romantic patriot to military and political strategist, commander of the Luftwaffe and creator of the Gestapo. "Although Goring remains essentially an enigmatic and unappealing character, the growth of his complicity in his country's moral depravity makes absorbing reading," said PW.
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