WHY: “Gripping, compelling, and tautly constructed.
“September 1938. Adolf Hitler has announced that he will cross the Czechoslovakian border in the coming days and seize the Sudetenland. Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister, is desperate to negotiate a peaceful surrender of the Sudeten territory and avoid an all-out war.
“Harris, the author of such first-rate historical thrillers as Fatherland and An Officer and a Spy, tells this gripping story mostly through the eyes of two men: Hugh Legat, the prime minister’s private secretary, and Paul von Hartmann, a German diplomat. Legat and Hartmann were friends once, several years ago; now their shared interest in peace may bring them together again, but stopping Hitler is a dangerous undertaking.
“Harris is a splendid storyteller whose ability to blend reality and fiction seamlessly is virtually unmatched. We know how Chamberlain’s efforts to prevent war turned out, of course, but that doesn’t stop us from being absolutely riveted to this tautly constructed, compellingly written story. Another surefire best-seller from a consistently fine author of historical fiction.” –David Pitt, BOOKLIST
“Engaging, informative, and quietly suspenseful.”
From the beginning of the book:Shortly before one o’clock on the afternoon of Tuesday 27 September 1938, Mr. Hugh Legat of His Majesty’s Diplomatic Service was shown to his table beside one of the floor‐to‐ceiling windows of the Ritz Restaurant in London, ordered a half-bottle of 1921 Dom Perignon he could not afford, folded his copy of The Times to page seventeen, and began to read for the third time the speech that had been delivered the night before in Berlin’s Sportpalast by Adolf Hitler. HERR HITLER’S SPEECH FINAL WORD TO PRAGUE PEACE OR WAR?