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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312606923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312606923
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

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

“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

"Will haunt and inspire you long after you turn the final page."

-- Daniel Silva, author of Portrait of a Spy

“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

About the Author

MARTIN FLETCHER is one of the most respected television news correspondents in the world and he is also rapidly gaining an equally impressive reputation as a writer. He has won many awards, including five Emmys, a Columbia University DuPont Award, several Overseas Press Club Awards, and the National Jewish Book Award. Fletcher and his wife, Hagar, have raised three sons. He spent many years as the NBC News Bureau Chief in Tel Aviv and he is currently based in Israel and New York, where he is a Special Correspondent for NBC News

Customer Reviews

The characters are very well developed and believable.
grandma flo
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.
Book lover -Philadelphia
The story is well told and informative as historic semi-fiction.
M. Silverman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

83 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Suzy Tosa on 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 By Book lover -Philadelphia on October 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By Scott Jeffe on November 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 By A Joyful Reader on March 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ELIAS KINDLE on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Robinson on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Patricia O'Sullivan on April 12, 2012
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This novel sounded so intriguing in the blurb, but it was such a disappointment to read. There are two story lines. First there are Georg and Edith, Austrian refugees living in London and expecting their first child. The other story line doesn't focus on one person, but several Jewish operatives in Palestine trying to harass the British into allowing more Jews into the territory while also taking revenge for comrades lost to the cause. These two story lines don't come together until the last quarter of the story.

This story had a lot of potential, but Martin Fletcher, an award-winning news correspondent, did not successfully make the transition from journalist to writer. Far too often in both story lines Fletcher awkwardly inserts history lessons and news reports into dialogue, letters, and the narrative itself. While the information is interesting, it feels contrived when a character describes a concentration camp in a page-long flashback or when Jewish operatives read British military reports to each other and discuss the political context of them.

Especially in Georg and Edith's story, these information dumps badly mask the fact that most of the action is taking place 'off stage.' Other than the scenes in which Londoners campaign to have the Jews sent back to their country of origin, Georg and Edith spend much of their time sitting around wondering what happened to their family members and worrying about the baby.

I wish Fletcher had focused only on Georg and Edith's story. All the rest could have been cut out, perhaps for another novel, and what would be left would have been a poignant story about young refugee couple trying to cope in a city that doesn't want them.
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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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