Unfortunately, so far I haven’t read any REALLY GOOD biographies on Joe, not anything I could really recommend. If there are some well-written intriguing informative throughout fabulous ones, PLEASE BE AWESOME AND LET ME KNOW ABOUT THEIR EXISTENCE.
As for Magda, I have never read books that focused solely on her life, but I’ve been planning to give Anja Klabunde’s book “Magda Goebbels” a chance -
as far as I know it’s the only Magda biography that can be found among the crappy selection of books in Helsinki libraries.However, the other day I discussed this topic with reich-mystery and apparently there’s one book about Magda written by a man named Hans-Otto Meissner and in her opinion it’s far better than the Klabunde one. Reich-mystery tends to have a rather good taste in books so if I manage to find that biography somewhere I’ll probably read it rather than Klabunde’s book. Or maybe I’ll try both of them, we’ll see.
Sorry I couldn’t provide you with a more informative and enlightening answer! I have this stupid habit of mainly sticking to books that have been translated into Finnish and that restricts my choices quite a lot, although some time ago I’ve started to read more in English too.
As said, I think both those twi books (the most well known biographies on her, there are others which I find just as good) about Magda Goebbels lack importnant aspects in her life and info - that’s why I prefer to search info about historical characters myself in archives and libraries - however, I would defiently prefer the Meissner one, as you say - as he gets his information directly from people who actually knew Magda Goebbels. Klabunde focus way too much on just Magda’s relationship with her jewish boyfriend Chaim Arlosoroff in my oppinion, it’s half of the book really, which makes the book lack a lot and as she gets her info mostly from “someone who knew someone who knew Magda/family” it makes certain aspects less credible in my oppinion. But it’s a long time since I read the latter book, it may very well have had some good parts.
But as said, I just prefer to find credits myself in reports, documents, interviews, memoirs etc. at archives and so, so I might be a bit picky with what I read.
You can get a biography (eventually that Meissner one) on her from me in Christmas gift if you like, haha.