Munich

Munich

Book - 2017
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Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, Munich follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Guy Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Guy is 34 years old, and married to the beautiful and brittle Kay. Rikard von Holz is on the staff of the German Foreign Office--and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade. But when Guy flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Rikard travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a collision course--with dramatic results.
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, 2017
ISBN: 9780735273528
0735273529
Characteristics: 342 pages :,map

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northstar5
Apr 03, 2018

Harris is following the current trend, which I also subscribe to, of re-appraising Chamberlain from a weak, gullible appeaser to one who took a bitter political decision to "throw Czecho under the bus" to give Britain a year to rearm for the inevitable war which Britain was utterly unready for in 1938. The book is a nice merge of fact and fiction, which is Harris's forte. It's detailed account of behind the doors at 10 Downing Street is particularly interesting. However, I didn't find it to be one of his better books

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zipread
Mar 26, 2018

I'm a third of the way through this novel. The setting is one of the most critical periods in recent history. Some of the minor characters include Hitler and Mussolini. That should, in itself, give "Munich" the breadth of an exciting piece of work. And yet, and yet. This novel doesn't make your pulse race. Instead it puts you to sleep. Plot: one out of ten. Character development: one out of ten. What less could anyone ask for. Two thirds of the way through the novel and I'm still where I started from: the beginning. The plot is all anticipationbut the anticipation is still unfilled.
I give up. No more Harris for me. There are lots of good books to read without wasting my time on this.

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memoral
Mar 20, 2018

Even though we all know how the 1938 Munich conference will end Harris writes a crackling yarn. Couldn't put it down.

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tjdickey
Jan 26, 2018

Four days in September, 1938. The backdrop is the summit meeting at which Hitler, Mussolini, and Neville Chamberlain allow Czechoslovakia to be partitioned at the demand of Nazi Germany; two more minor functionaries, sundered Oxford colleagues, conspire to meet in the respective German and English retinues. Even though we know how the big story will end, Harris' characteristic strong plotting, solid research, and touching humanity produce a highly tense and gripping spy narrative with the Gestapo lurking and the fate of nations being decided.

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