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Munich, 1938 by David Faber
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Oct 13, 09

bookshelves: wwii, top-10-2009
Read in October, 2009

This is a superb, behind-the-scenes history. Very well told. Chamberlain and Hitler are drawn in classic (read: Dickensian ) detail. Hitler's manic declarations are related with accompanied fist pounding and rhythmic heel stomping. We learn well Chamberlain's 'breathtaking conceit and naivete.' Faber has a novelist's touch. Yet, he also writes with such confidence in his research and detail that it seems he was there. I especially appreciate when he lets us know who is lying and why. Chamberlain is blistered as a result.
There is no reason that impeccable history has to be boring. Even knowing how the Munich negotiations ended, I could not put this book down for the last 80 pages. There was plenty here that, it seems, I didn't know. Highly recommended.

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