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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, February 2014: A spy thriller and psychological examination, Robert Harris’s An Officer and a Spy looks at the infamous Dreyfus affair through the personage of a functionary-turned-whistle-blower. It’s Paris, 1895. A Jewish army officer, Alfred Dreyfus, has been convicted of treason and is imprisoned on Devil’s Island; he has been publicly humiliated, bound in chains, banished to solitary confinement. But was he really a spy for Germany--or was his fate sealed because he was a Jew in an anti-Semitic time and place? Slowly, the petit bureaucrat Georges Picquart begins to suspect that Dreyfus--portrayed here mostly through heart-wrenching real-life letters he wrote from prison to his beloved family--has been scapegoated. As Picquart amasses more and more evidence about Dreyfus, he also must come to terms with some of his own behaviors and attitudes. Still, for all its delicious detail about the mores of Belle Epoque Paris, both social and political, this novel is also one for the ages, or at least for the ages in which powerful intelligence agencies, government surveillance and cover-ups are worrisomely becoming the norm. --Sara Nelson
This book is an outstanding presentation of the Dreyfus affair. What is most interesting to me is Harris' presentation of how the prejudged opinions of the generals caused them to... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Christopher Curran
A great read. Compelling and entertaining. I just bought another of his.Published 2 days ago by NHLarry
The history of the Dreyfus affair is well known. Robert Harris brings the story to life and one can easily see the parallels with some of our issues today. Read morePublished 7 days ago by New York Longhorn
Took me awhile to get into it but once I did, it was interesting. Didn't realize it was based on actual happenings. Learned something new.Published 7 days ago by bumblebee
Even though this is a historical novel (the Dreyfuss Affair), it is written very well with great suspense. Quite masterful!Published 7 days ago by Sam Lehman-Wilzig
Excellent historical novel around late 19th century French army and intelligence service. Intrigue and dishonesty among the highest level generals abounds. Surprise conclusion !Published 7 days ago by Tom
This was an exceptionally interesting and engaging work of historical fiction. This book give me greater insight into the Dreyfus affair. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Huck Finn