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Munich (2017)

by Robert Harris

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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Ô?ó From the bestselling author of V2 and FatherlandÔ??a WWII-era spy thriller set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938. Now a Netflix film starring Jeremy Irons.

With this electrifying novel about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, "Harris has brought history to life with exceptional skill" (The Washington Post).

Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign OfficeÔ??and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Hartmann travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course.

And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importanceÔ??here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, DaladierÔ??at the heart of an electrifying, unput
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3.5* I wanted to read this before the Netflix movie came out and it was on my TBR shelf. It was an interesting read. ( )
  LisaBergin | Apr 12, 2023 |
Interesting, emotive and tense, but feels antic climatic. Maybe it is historically accurate but I've not checked yet... ( )
  tarsel | Sep 4, 2022 |
Munich is a book that I read quickly, probably because the book was not that thick, but I have to admit that I was also totally captivated by the story set during four days in September 1938. Robert Harris is a writer who has the ability to write books, whether it's historical or more modern, that captivate and Munich is definitely no exception. Something I thought while reading the book was how little I really knew about the Munich agreement or, probably more accurately, I remembered, and I was fascinated to read how Chamberlain really sought to preserve peace in Europe, while Hitler seemed to strive to go to war.

I found the story to be very compelling, while the men of power are planning a meeting in Munich, things are happening off the scene. Not everyone in Germany is on Hitler's side and some of them wouldn't mind getting rid of him. For Hugh Legat, one of Chamberlain's private secretaries, will these four days become very intense when an old friend contacts him again. Paul Hartmann, German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler movement. Can they stop Hitler's plans?

Munich is captivating, well-written and memorable. I'm particularly impressed with the personality descriptions and especially Chamberlain whose will was to preserve peace at any price. Was it cowardly to sign the Munich Agreement to ignore the signs that this is only a respite? Well, we have the luxury of being able to look back and know that nothing had stopped Hitler and I have to admit that I feel sympathy for Chamberlain and his peacekeeping attitude.

Thanks to Bookmarks f├Ârlag for the review copy! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Jul 23, 2022 |
My first Robert Harris read. Rather enjoyable as Harris brings to life one of the key moments in history. He cleverly alternates the plot from Legat's and Hartmann's points of view before bringing them together at the Munich conference. I also like his portrayal of Chamberlain, Hartmann, and Legat as people who stand up to their beliefs and act according to their conscience. But some parts of the book were simply too incredible - Hartmann's brother sending a classified document to Legat's house in the middle of the night, and Hartmann dashing to the British delegation's hotel to try to get a meeting with Chamberlain. Both acts can be said to be characteristic of Hartmann but they still defy belief. ( )
  siok | May 23, 2022 |
Enjoyable read, though at its best when dealing with the historical story rather than fictional characters. ( )
  Lirmac | Jan 26, 2022 |
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Arnold, FrankSprechersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'We should always be aware that what now lies in the past once lay in the future.'

F.W. Maitland, historian (1850-1906)
'We ought to have gone to war in 1938... September 1938 would have been the most favourable date.'

Adolf Hitler, February 1945
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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 has been delivered the night before in Berlin's Sportpalast by Adolf Hitler.
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Fiction. Literature. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Ô?ó From the bestselling author of V2 and FatherlandÔ??a WWII-era spy thriller set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September 1938. Now a Netflix film starring Jeremy Irons.

With this electrifying novel about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, "Harris has brought history to life with exceptional skill" (The Washington Post).

Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving at 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign OfficeÔ??and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. The two men were friends at Oxford in the 1920s, but have not been in contact since. Now, when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Hartmann travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a disastrous collision course.

And once again, Robert Harris gives us actual events of historical importanceÔ??here are Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini, DaladierÔ??at the heart of an electrifying, unput

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