Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Hitler's Peace Paperback – August 1, 2006
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From Publishers Weekly
Fans of Kerr's Berlin Noir trilogy will prize this briskly paced WWII-era spy thriller, which boasts plot twists that will keep readers' heads spinning even after they've put it down. For Willard Mayer, a 35-year-old Harvard-educated empirical philosopher, the roots of pro-Communist realpolitiking run deep. A former Princeton professor who was also a member of the Abwehr, Germany's military intelligence service, and an informer for Russia's notorious Internal Affairs Commissariat, the NKVD, Mayer during the war works as an intelligence analyst for the Office of Strategic Services in Washington—which remains unaware of his past. En route to Tehran, at Roosevelt's insistence, for the Big Three conference in November 1943 aboard the USS Iowa, Mayer believes he's uncovered a plot to assassinate Joseph Stalin. Meanwhile, Hitler and Himmler, eager to avoid engaging the U.S. in a second European front, are trying to figure out how to get around Roosevelt's demand for an unconditional surrender. The ethically compromised Mayer finds himself in the thick of the negotiations even as larger plots are afoot, including one by an SS general to bomb Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill in Tehran. Kerr is as interested in backdoor diplomatic efforts as he is in espionage and assassination, and this highly entertaining spy fiction also explores the moral quandaries of war and realpolitik.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's always a treat to see what fresh intrigue has aroused this versatile British author's interests. Here Kerr fleshes out one of history's great might-have-beens. During the crucial autumn of 1943, when, after the crushing defeat of Germany on the Eastern Front, it became clear to leaders on all sides that Hitler would lose, the Big Three (Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin) headed to a secret summit in Tehran to discuss strategy. Our windows onto these vertiginous dealings are the German intelligence officer Walter Schellenberger, obliged to play the great game of espionage in a schoolyard increasingly crowded with homicidal bullies, and American philosophy professor Willard Mayer, recruited by his president to help parse whether Hitler or Stalin is the lesser evil and who winds up playing a role in world events that is anything but academic. Occasional flashes of action and a few jaw-dropping twists notwithstanding, Kerr's leisurely narrative stays fairly close to real events, larded with credible details and curious true incidents--such as the near-sinking of FDR's battleship by friendly fire. This is an excellent crossover suggestion for history buffs and a fine choice for those who enjoy the informative thrillers of Robert Harris or Robert Littell. David Wright
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
This is not the first book of Kerr's with what some might consider a questionable ending. A Man Without Breath also had a doubtful but still somewhat believable conclusion. Plus, any good work of fiction does require some suspension of belief. But here you about have to cease all normal brain function or know nothing about history, or both. In addition, the book is an insult to any intelligent and educated person, most certainly to the allied leadership of World War II, excluding Winston Churchill (who is not insulted!), and unreservedly to the men and women who fought to end the evil begun by Hitler, to say nothing about his victims.
Kerr, in my opinion, has done himself a disservice with this book. His others, and I have read them all except for A Quiet Flame (which I intend to read along with his newest novel when it's available), are all winners, made all the better by Bernie Gunther's senses of humor and pathos, some of the same of which showed up in this novel through protagonist Willard Mayer. But, like the proverbial "Attaboy Award," they are not enough to overcome the obvious flaws and fantasies upon which Hitler's Peace is based.
The main character, Meyer, is, like most of Kerr's heroes, a fellow traveler who still seems to tilt to the left even after learning of two of Stalin's most diabolical massacres: the Katyn Forest Massacre and the murderous conditions inflicted upon German POW's.
The plot is certainly far-fetched, as is the ending, although some of the characters are interesting.
Don't waste your money.