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The List: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Martin Fletcher
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Martin Fletcher has captivated television audiences for thirty-five years as a foreign correspondent for NBC News. Now, Fletcher combines his own family’s history with meticulous research in this gripping story of a young Jewish family struggling to stay afloat after World War II.

London, October 1945.  Austrian refugees Georg and Edith await the birth of their first child. Yet how can they celebrate when almost every day brings news of another relative or friend murdered in the Holocaust? Their struggle to rebuild their lives is further threatened by growing anti-Semitism in London's streets; Englishmen want to take homes and jobs from Jewish refugees and give them to returning servicemen.

Edith's father is believed to have survived, and finding him rests on Georg's shoulders. Then Georg learns of a plot by Palestinian Jews to assassinate Britain’s foreign minister. Georg must try to stop the murder, all the while navigating a city that wants to "eject the aliens."

In The List, Fletcher investigates an ignored and painful chapter in London’s history. The novel is both a breathless thriller of postwar sabotage and a heartrending and historically accurate portrait of an almost forgotten era. In this sensitive, deeply touching, and impossible-to-forget story, Martin Fletcher explores the themes of hope, prejudice, loss and love that make up the lives of all refugees everywhere.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for The List

"An elegantly written and evocative story of Holocaust survivors . . . Inspiring."
—Tom Brokaw

"Should be required reading."
Kirkus Reviews

"A touching story that brings a little-known aspect of Jewish history to life." —Booklist

“Will haunt and inspire you long after you turn the final page.”
--Daniel Silva, author of Portrait of a Spy

“Extraordinary – both spellbinding and heartbreaking, with brilliantly rendered characters and a breathtaking conclusion.”
--Andrea Mitchell, NBC News

“Extraordinary – a page turning thriller that pulls you in and won’t let go.”
--Jonathan Wilson, author of A Palestine Affair

Praise for Martin Fletcher’s Previous Books

“Martin Fletcher is more than the consummate journalist.  He is a master storyteller."
--David Gregory, Moderator, "Meet the Press,” on Walking Israel

“A page-turner and a marvelous read.”
 --Connie Chung on Breaking News

"Fletcher's intense tale reads more like a thriller than a memoir."
--Entertainment Weekly (A- review) on Breaking News

“For decades Martin Fletcher has been the gold standard of television war correspondents, and his new book is a real-life, cross-continent adventure story.... It’s a great and moving read.”
--Anderson Cooper on Breaking News


The List is an elegantly written and evocative story of Holocaust survivors and what they faced after the war. Martin, always the journalist, dug into his family’s past to give us a novel that is at once instructive, darkly comic and ultimately inspiring.”
       —Tom Brokaw (Tom Brokaw)

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0312606923
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; Reprint edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YD2UGG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LIST October 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
THE LIST is top of my list.

Martin Fletcher, the famed award winning news correspondent, has set his first novel, THE LIST, in immediate post WW II war-torn London and Palestine. In London we follow the saga of a young Viennese Jewish couple, Georg, a lawyer, Edith, his pregnant wife, and her cousin, Anna, a concentration camp survivor, as they struggle to make their way in a new land and at the same time learn the fate of the many relatives named on Georg's list who were left behind in the hands of the Nazis. We are connected with the struggle for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine as Anna and Georg unwittingly become involved with London based Jewish freedom fighters.

Fletcher proves to be a master storyteller taking us on a roller coaster ride of emotions. His knowledge of 1946 London and Palestine lends well to the telling of the story and his mastery of language is superb. At times the reader holds their breath in anticipation that another name will or will not be crossed off Georg's list. At other times tears are close as another disappointment besets characters we have learned to care about.

THE LIST is a compelling tail of the selfless struggles, antagonizing disappointments, and soaring joys of a generation we should never forget.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, engrossing tale October 27, 2011
This is a terrific, engrossing story - not just of Jewish immigrants in London near and after the end of WWII, but also of fledgling efforts to create a Jewish state. The characters jump from the page and the author, a celebrated journalist and author of non-fiction books about his adventures as a foreing correspondent, creates a lively plot that is suspenseful and believable. I found this book to be one of those that I couldn't put down once I'd started and was up until 2 am to finish it.

Aside from the story and skillful writing, Mr. Fletcher provided alot of insight and information on real people involved in British politics at the time which gave the book even more dimension. I read many books that take place in England, present-day or past, and I found these insights very illuminating with respect to current politics.

Highly recommended!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly personal story November 5, 2011
Martin Fletcher tells the story of Georg and Edith, Austrian Jewish refugees in postwar London. An incredibly personal tale based on the lives of his parents, with whom I and many other American college students lived during semester in London programs in the late 80's-90's. Seemingly set in the very house that we all lived in with them, this book felt like I was getting to know these two remarkable characters all over again. London had given them a home when they had no where else to go (albeit with some good old British resentment) and later they gave American college students a home-from-home (with no resentment at all!). All the tea I drank with her and how she listened to my tales, never once telling me anything of the amazing, tragic but ultimately (I hope) satisfying life they led. Martin tells the story with all the sensitivity, care, and respect that you might from a son painting a written portrait of the struggle and success of first-class parents.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving the Holocaust - A Personal Tale March 20, 2012
I listened to the excellent audio of this book by David Thorn. Through the story of Edith and Georg, a young Jewish couple living in London after the end of WWII and awaiting the birth of their first child, Fletcher weaves their growing realization of all they've lost of their families and personal histories with the growing foment to remove the 'alien refugees' from London neighborhoods beset with housing shortages in the aftermath of the war's destruction. With many returning British veterans needing jobs and housing, the plight of Edith and Georg and others in their circle becomes more dangerous as anti-government terrorist attacks linked to the creation of the Zionist state of Israel unwittingly involve Georg. With a deft hand Fletcher entwines the plots of the Palestinian Jews to subvert the anti-Semitism of the British Foreign Minister with this young couple whose hopes for a brighter future are growing in Edith's womb. While at times overwritten, this is an excellent continuation of the story of how the creation of a Jewish homeland involved intrigue, terror, opposition and courageous persistence in the face of overwhelming sorrow. Unique twists by Fletcher lend satisfaction to this read. Highly recommend to those interested in learning more about how the Jewish State struggled to come into being.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating literature March 12, 2012
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I am not surprised by the quality of the material found in this book since the author is known to be a man of intergrity and great insight. I have watched him for years in his role as a reporter. The story is so truthful and factual, and you are drawn in as if you were in the midst of the lives of the people. To me, it is a great historical novel when it makes you feel as if you are one of the characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The List January 1, 2012
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Saw Martin Fletcher on a morning news show talking about his book. I decided to purchase it. It is a great read. I have read many holocaust stories, but this one is about those who got away. It is a unique perspective of the holocaust. Recommend it highly.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! December 7, 2011
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I really enjoyed this is a perspective that I have not read about before. The author did a great job and told the story well
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Illuminates a narrow chapter of history not generally publicized.
Published 1 month ago by Eric Bloch
5.0 out of 5 stars I always enjoyed Martin Fletcher as a reporter
I always enjoyed Martin Fletcher as a reporter, and as an author he is equally proficient. This is really a good book.
Published 1 month ago by Marge
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book
Published 2 months ago by P. Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent, interesting book
Published 2 months ago by I. Levy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
Thanks! Wonderful book!
Published 3 months ago by Margery Ehrlich
4.0 out of 5 stars The List reviewed
book was well written and held my interest. learned a lot about British politics just after WWII but felt a little let down by the ending as two characters just sort of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by the redhead
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
A great story of the trials and difficult times that the Jewish people faced after the end of world war 2. Read more
Published 7 months ago by J.K. Atlanta
5.0 out of 5 stars History as I didn't know it!
I love books that give u a view into life in a historically significant time. First book that I have ever read about Jewish refugees in England. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Beth B.
3.0 out of 5 stars Another person story
Fairly interesting story of this family. Have read better but stuck with it to the end.
Respect Martin Fletcher of NBC and have watched him for years. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars A different perspective
I am drawn to Holocaust stories but had before never read about survivors living in England. I enjoyed the way the author developed the characters and wove the events happening... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Renee Sutin
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More About the Author

Anderson Cooper called Martin Fletcher the gold standard of TV war correspondents, and he is rapidly building a new reputation as an author. He has won almost every award in TV journalism, including five Emmies, the du Pont, the TV Pulitzer, several Overseas Press Club awards and the Edward R. Murrow award for excellence several times.
He walked across the Hindu Kush mountains from Pakistan into Afghanistan with the Mujahideen, he was the only television reporter to join the Khmer rouge in Cambodia, the only reporter to enter the American embassy in Tehran when Iranian students held American diplomats hostage for 444 days.
He is now a Special Correspondent at NBC News, and devotes himself to writing books. His second book, "Walking Israel," won the National Jewish Book Award.

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