I've been wending my way through the 900 pages of The Devil's Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle by Anthony Read, who is a BBC commentator and author rather than a professional historian. Not withstanding his "lack of professional credentials," the book is fascinating. Mr. Read is most certainly no fan of the Nazis, but he displays a grudging respect for Goering's competence, energy and decisiveness. To use a badly over-used bit of jargon we Americans like very much, Goering was the "go-to" guy. He pretty much handled German air and ground re-armament. And, by the way, it was the massive rearmament efforts that necessitated German "attachment" of other countries and their resources. Goering evidently managed to overcome his addiction to morphine long before the war. Interestingly, his godfather was Jewish, and throughout the war Goering assisted his brother (something of an anti-nazi) in helping individual Jews avoid the final solution. It seems that the point of the book is that Goering's ambition far exceeded his morality.