Hermann Goering

From Secret Luftwaffe to Hossbach War Conference 1935-37 by Blaine Taylor

 

Further subtitled ‘The Personal Photograph Albums of Herman Goering’, this book from Fonthill Media does what it says on tin! The vain Goering was not a camera shy man and this book does not have to work too hard to highlight this fact. Its 272 pages are broken down into just three chapters topped and tailed by a useful timeline, good introduction and extensive bibliography. Sandwiched between, the three chapters, named ‘Emmy, 1935’, ‘Plan, 1936’ and ‘Hossbach, 1937’ leave the reader wanting more considering how many photographs have been crammed into this relatively tight period of time.

My first impressions of this book are of high quality; the paper in particular helps bring life into many of the photos (there are 290 of them) and literally adds weight to the book; something the magazine industry could learn from. My only criticism with regard to the photography is that some of them could have been scanned better; some understanding of highlights and shadows was certainly lacking but overall the standard is good.

Captions for the photography are informative and generally neutral in content which for myself would have been quite a challenge because Goering, even at the time, was quite a comical figure. The largest chapter of the book is ‘Emmy, 1935’ which runs for 130 pages. This chapter contains a number early shots of the Luftwaffe, his lavish personal life and his marriage to his second wife, Emmy. Some more familiar photos appear in the next chapter ‘Plan, 1936’ especially with regard to the Spanish Civil war. The final chapter, ‘Hossbach, 1937’ feature more Luftwaffe images although it’s the informal shots of Goering and Emmy with Mussolini that stand out here.

All in all, this is a very good book with some excellent snippets of historical information backed up by a good selection of images. It still seems bemusing today that such people could have reached such dizzy heights of power and then you only have to turn on the news today to see that it’s still happening right in front of our eyes!

Thanks to Jay Slater at Fonthill Media for our review copy.

 

ISBN: 978-1-62545-019-7

Price: £25.00

Pages: 272

Format: hardback – 254mm x 180mm

Publisher: Fonthill Media

Website: www.fonthillmedia.com