David Irving’s Nuremberg: The Last Battle is a book we at the Hyphen-Report have feared finishing because it is just too good. Finishing the last quarter of a book often feels lonesome because months can pass before you find such a good companion as that book has been. The Gallic War by Julius Caesar’s propaganda gang and Roughing It by Twain sit by the Hyphen-Report bedside for the same reason.
Pardon us a moment while we throw these APA citation rules all the way in the trash. Much better.
The odd one out is actually The Gallic War because it is the only story that does not make the reader frequently guffaw unexpectedly. The very first chapter of Nuremberg is titled “In Which Stalin Says No to Murder.”
We didn’t promise immediate guffawing but hope to get there after some joyfully amused preamble. The first thing to mention is that we will be skipping the author’s introduction for now because that is generally the right thing to do for any book. Some may say this is a “mongoloid retard” habit or “really bullshit and lazy” but to that we would remind the reader that author’s introduction is always better after a few chapters and a guest foreword is always better after reading the whole book. In the case of the guest foreword, maybe just skip it.
Hitler himself was famous among his friends for skipping to the index of a new book, finding a single interesting chapter which he read once, memorized, and never picked up again. You can find this factoid and many more in Toland’s almost-fair biography of Hitler which we are not reading today and do not have a page number citation for.
The version we will be reading from can be found here and we will link to it throughout the series. It is an excellent version because the pdf page numbers match the actual page numbers but it lacks the photographs and index of the hardback version which belongs on every shelf. The book starts at page 11. Who would like to read first?
Here begins a warm introduction to Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Robert H Jackson. Irving gives a very fair and even collegial biography of Jackson. One thing that sticks with the reader is how unusual it is for a Supreme Court Justice to be assigned to other duties by the President and to accept them. Another thing that Irving is doing right from the beginning is dropping little criticisms of the NSDAP leadership to let you know he’s really a serious guy. This isn’t a criticism of Irving but is something that should be pointed out while we are setting up the book: Irving really doesn’t like wars and he isn’t a National Socialist enjoyer. We at the Hyphen-Report are National Socialism enjoyers so it can be hard to see Irving cram criticisms where they don’t fit but we need to understand right from the beginning that Irving isn’t actually “our guy” as you may have heard or been led to believe. He actually is just the fairest historian out there.
It appears the waitress needs to close all tickets and some sunmen just walked in the dining establishment so we will resume our 14,000 part series with part 1 in the coming days. This has been part 0.