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Joachim Fest is one of Germany's most prominent and respected journalists. Born in Berlin in 1926, Fest was drafted into the German army at the age of fifteen and spent two years as an American prisoner of war. He is the author of The Face of the Third Reich, praised by Hannhn Arendt as one of the most important books on the Second World War, and Hitler, of which Time wrote, "Fest tells the story as no non-German could, dispassionately, but from the inside." Fest lives near Frankfurt.