Hitler's Peace

Hitler's Peace

A Novel of the Second World War

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam
A stunning World War II "what if" thriller in which the fate of Europe-and of its remaining 3 million Jews-hangs in the balance.

Autumn 1943. Since Stalingrad, Hitler has known that Germany cannot win the war. The upcoming Allied conference in Teheran will set the ground rules for their second front-and for the peace to come. Realizing that the unconditional surrender FDR has demanded will leave Germany in ruins, Hitler has put out peace feelers. (Unbeknownst to him, so has Himmler, who is ready to stage a coup in order to reach an accord.) FDR and Stalin are willing to negotiate. Only Churchill refuses to listen.

At the center of this high-stakes game of deals and doubledealing is Willard Mayer, an OSS operative who has been chosen by FDR to serve as his envoy. He is the perfect foil for the steamy world of deception, betrayals, and assassinations that make up the moral universe of realpolitik. A cool, self-absorbed, emotionally distant womanizer with a questionable past, Mayer has embraced the stylish philosophy of the day, in which no values are fixed. In the course of the novel, his beliefs will be put to the ultimate test.

But as compelling as Mayer is, the key players in this drama-FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Hitler, as well as Himmler, Bormann, Molotov, and Schellenberg (with marvelous walk-ons by Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt, and Evelyn Waugh)-are astonishingly true-to-life.

Hitler's Peace is Philip Kerr in top form. With his sure hand for pacing, his firm grasp of historical detail, and his explosively creative imagination about what might have been, he has fashioned a totally convincing thinking man's thriller in the great tradition of Eric Ambler and Graham Greene.

Baker & Taylor
Realizing in the aftermath of Stalingrad that Germany will not win the war, Adolph Hitler considers the demands of FDR, Stalin, and Churchill, while OSS operative Willard Mayer, serving as FDR's envoy, finds his beliefs in the period's stylish philosophies put to the test.

Blackwell North Amer
Autumn 1943. Since the rout at Stalingrad, Hitler has known he cannot win the war - known, too, that the upcoming Allied conference in Teheran will set the ground rules for the peace to come. Realizing that the unconditional surrender Roosevelt has demanded will leave Germany in ruins, he has put out peace feelers. (Unbeknownst to him, so has Himmler, who is prepared to stage a coup to reach an accord.) FDR and Stalin are willing to negotiate. Only Churchill refuses to listen. Soon, the tensions in Teheran will be at fever pitch, and the city will be the stage for a hazardous game in which the stakes are nothing less than life and death.
At the center of this hall of mirrors is Willard Mayer, an OSS operative chosen by FDR to serve as his envoy. A cool, self-absorbed womanizer with a questionable past, Mayer is the perfect foil for the steamy world of deception, betrayals, and assassinations that make up the moral universe of Realpolitik. As compelling as Mayer is, the key players in this drama - FDR, Churchill, Stalin, and Hitler, as well as Himmler, Molotov, and Schellenberg - are astonishingly true-to-life. The result is a fast-paced, thought-provoking thriller about what might have been, a stunning alternative history in which the fate of Europe (and its remaining Jews) hangs in the balance.

Baker
& Taylor

Realizing in the aftermath of Stalingrad that Germany will not win the war, Adolph Hitler considers the demands of FDR, Stalin, and Churchill, while OSS operative Willard Mayer, serving as FDR's envoy, finds his beliefs in the period's stylish philosophies put to the test. By the author of March Violets.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2005]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780399152696
0399152695
Branch Call Number: FIC Kerr, P 2005
Characteristics: 448 pages ; 24 cm

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rdelrosso2001 Aug 15, 2016

Your review of the book was rambling and repetitive. It could have been cut by 20 or 30%.

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