U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Lüth
2001, United States Naval Inst.
Paperback, 264 pages
book is in English language
|Pros.||Objective coverage of a controversial figure|
|Cons.||None to speak of|
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This title is highly recommended.
In a preface to the book, former comrade-in-arms Erich Topp gives him the benefit of the doubt, preferring to believe that once the veil had been lifted from his eyes, he would have acted logically and intelligently against his former political inclinations. Naturally this is speculation in defense of a man who is not present to answer for himself. Jordan Vause does not speculate on Lüth's possible behavior had he survived, but rather relates and analyzes the major events of the commander's life and attempts to explain, in historical context, the various facets of a complex and contradictory personality.
The result is an objective treatment, probing the distasteful and the admirable equally without flinching. As the author states in his introduction, "History could not make up its mind about Wolfgang Lüth - whether he was good or bad, whether he was a hero or a villain, whether he was worth mentioning at all. I think he was. You must decide for yourself."
Review written by Tonya Allen.
This review was published on 26 Nov 1999.
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