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Titel:Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler's Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin
Forfattere:Howard Blum (Forfatter)
Info:Harper (2020), 384 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:Non Fiction, History, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Assassins, Spies

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This is a book that mostly succeeds not, surprisingly enough, because the story itself is such a revelation, but because Howard Blum is a very good writer.
"Night of the Assassins" tells the story of "Hitler's plot" (but not really Hitler's - in fact, it's his henchmen who are responsible; Hitler himself really has little to do with this) to kill FDR, Churchill and Stalin. As readers familiar with WWII history already know, there were many rumors about an impending attempt on FDR's life during the Big Three's meeting in Iran. "Night of the Assassins" is the story of what really happened in Tehran.
Though we know the outcome of the attempted assassinations, the first half of the book is difficult to put down. The Nazi plotters, FDR's bodyguard, the Soviets (not sure where the British were in all this, but their security team is largely absent in the book) and more comprise quite a collection of characters. The plot itself was almost unbelievable. It's all really interesting.
The problem lies toward the end of the book, which seems to drag on and on. Now readers know the characters and the basics of the assassination plot, and the focus turns to how the Nazis were ultimately discovered and captured, which, alas, aren't really surprising. Perhaps this is why the final third of "Night of the Assassins" seems to be heavily padded with what the players might be thinking (Was it safe to proceed? Should he contact his superior before continuing? What if the Allies had gotten wind of the plot? - that sort of thing. Too many successive questions in a text is rarely a good thing).
Blum's writing - witty, clear and insightful - keep the reader going. But a good editor would have tightened the text at the end, and the result would have been a brilliant book instead of just a good one. ( )
  Eliz12 | Jan 6, 2021 |
This is a very entertaining volume that follows the build up to the attempted assassination of the Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin at the Tehran Conference in late 1943. Blum gathers great stories from many sources to put together a compelling narrative that he keeps moving and holding the reader to the pages. It reads like fiction but it is based on voluminous research which he lists at the back of the book.

He covers both sides of the story- the German, American and the Russian. The British are short changed but there is still much to build a great story. The American side focuses on Roosevelt's Secret Service body guard, Mike Reilly. The German side focuses on SS General Walter Schellenberg and the Russian sources are several men who were in Iran and specifically Tehran to further Soviet influence.

In a brief essay in the rear of the book Blum comments on the criticism that one never really knows when writing a spy story whether one has all the information and there is the story true. He points out probably not as the information comes out in bits and pieces over time. ( )
  lamour | Aug 2, 2020 |
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