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Himmler
Himmler
By Peter Padfield
Henry Holt, 1991, 656 pp

The author of a biography of Goering here turns to the chief of Hitler's SS (though Heydrich emerges as the real genius of that organization). Himmler's personality remains elusive, however, perhaps because he is properly a figure for the psychopathologist, or perhaps he represents that final horror--the bland perversion of an "average" person in a totalitarian movement.