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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  16,995 ratings  ·  1,603 reviews
From the internationally best-selling author of Fatherland and the Cicero Trilogy--a new spy thriller about treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, set against the backdrop of the fateful Munich Conference of September, 1938.

Guy Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville
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Published September 21st 2017 by Cornerstone Digital
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Jeffrey Keeten
”Everyone said---by everyone I mean people like me--we all said, ‘Oh, he’s a terrible fellow, Hitler; but he’s not necessarily all bad. Look at his achievements. Put aside this awful medieval anti-Jew stuff: it will pass.’ But the point is, it won’t pass. You can’t isolate it from the rest. It’s there in the mix. And if the anti-Semitism is evil, it’s all evil. Because if they’re capable of that, they’re capable of anything.”

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Robert Harris is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction, and he has another winner on his hands with Munich. It tells the story of two men, one German and one English, who play roles in the final meeting between Chamberlain and Hitler in 1938, when peace was still a possibility. The book is wonderfully written and researched and, as always with this author's books, I came away from it feeling I had learned something new. The characters are intriguing and the plot clever and well-paced. ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Robert Harris offers up another wonderful novel that weaves together the events of history with some background fiction that only serves to accentuate the dramatic effect. It is 1938 and Europe is on the precipice of another war. Adolf Hitler has begun acquiring areas of neighbouring countries, citing their Germanic history, in order to build a stronger homeland. All the while, the world looks on, centred in London, where U.K. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is weighing his options. Surrounde ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading this new book by Robert Harris because he does a such a great job with historical thrillers. Based on the Oster conspiracy and the Munich Conference, two fictional friends from Oxford during the 1920’s end up on opposites sides of the negotiating table in an effort to prevent the war that is inevitable.
I was surprised that the first half of this book was so slow. Everyone runs around to and fro delivering this message and that telegram with the requisite meetings
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MUNICH, by Robert Harris, takes place in September of 1938 and uses the Munich Agreement and the brink of war prior to the Agreement as the landscape for the book. The Agreement concerned the Sudeten Germans in Czechoslovakia and was a document signed by the United Kingdom, Nazi Germany, the French Third Republic and the Kingdom of Italy, on September 30, 1938, to assuage Hitler and forestall a world war.

The pace of the book through the events is fast-moving and both sides are seen through the e
Diane S ☔
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Found this one to be hard to rate and review. The Munich agreement signed by Chamberlain and Hitler, was another part of history of which I had no knowledge. We hear from two men who had been friends in Oxford,one now serving as a newly minted secretary under Chamberlain, the other part of those with access to Hitler. A p!ot that was planned, but obviously never succeeded, for if it had the world would have been a much better place.

Needless to say in politically placed books such as these, t
Sam Quixote
With the recent movies on Winston Churchill it’s refreshing to see someone focus instead on his overlooked predecessor, Neville Chamberlain, and his significant role in the lead-up to World War 2. In Munich, Robert Harris takes us back to 1938, the year before the war started, and the crisis in Czechoslovakia: Hitler wants to unite the German-speaking peoples in the Czech Sudetenland to the Fatherland, and will use force if he has to. Should he invade, France will be bound, by treaty, into fight ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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History is so compelling and gives the reader insight into why the world is like it why bother fictionalizing it? For that reason I avoided historical fiction like the plague. That was before I found Robert Harris and changed my mind or at least about his books. He is the master of convincing you that his additions of fiction to the facts of a particular historic event are true. And he writes in such a way that the fiction does not change the outcome.

This book is set during the time
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘Munich’ is the latest thriller from the accomplished Robert Harris and is familiar territory for him – set in 1938 pre-war London and Munich. Harris’ latest novel tells the story of Anglo-German relations and negotiations culminating in the Munich agreement signed in the September of that year, with the aim of averting approaching hostilities.

Whilst initially somewhat of a slow-burner, Harris soon draws the reader in and cranks up the tension. This fictionalised version of events is set against
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys WWII and 20th century historical fiction.
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Thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction.

The Munich Agreement was a diplomatic arrangement between Britain, France, Germany and Italy that ceded Czech Sudetenland to Germany. With Italy acting as a supposed broker the proposals and agreement were concluded on 29th September 1938 with the four nations signing after just two days' discussions.

There were earlier meetings in 1938 and much discussion between Britain and France to agree on what could be done to try and dissuade Hitler to invade - both
"Yet still he could not act. And if he couldn't do it, who would? In that moment, in a flash of clarity, he saw that nobody--not him, not the Army, not a lone assassin--that no German would disrupt their common destiny until it was fulfilled."
- Robert Harris, Munich


I'm a fan of Robert Harris. He writes smart historical ficiton (sometimes, as was the case with, Fatherland alternative-historical fiction). His areas of interest primarily revolve around Nazi Germany and the Roman Empire. I've read
Toni Osborne
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This novel is set over four days during the September 1938 Munich Conference where an agreement was signed between Hitler, Mussolini, Chamberlain and Daladier to settle the fate of Czechoslovakia.

“Munich” is a tantalising game of “what if” and a glimpse on how things might have turned out. The story is told through the eyes of two men who were friends at Oxford but are now in opposite camps. The main players are Hugh Legat, private secretary to Chamberlain and Paul Hartmann, a diplomat in the
Karl Jorgenson
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fictional retelling of the 1938 agreement between British PM Chamberlain and Nazi Chancellor Hitler that dismembered Czechoslovakia and delayed the beginning of the war. The story follows two young diplomats, one on Chamberlain's staff, one an anti-Nazi in Berlin. Can they expose Hitler's intentions and set in motion his downfall? Of course not, we know how the story ends.
Still, Harris is an excellent writer and he involves the reader in the characters' lives--we don't know how their stories e
Robert Harris's new historical novel Munich takes him back to the subject which brought him to fame over 25 years earlier - Nazi Germany, in which he set his bestselling debut Fatherland. However, whereas Fatherland was an entertaining thriller set in an alternative world where the Axis powers won the war, Munich is set before the war even happens - and is far less thrilling and engaging.

In a recent interview the author describes his fascination with the subject of the book, the infamous Munich
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a fictionalized account of the four-day period in 1938 during which Germany, England, Italy and France negotiated the Munich Agreement in an attempt to prevent World War II by allocating some territories in Czechoslovakia to Germany. It also involved the Oster Conspiracy comprised of a collection of German military leaders and diplomats who planned to remove Hitler from power. The signing of the Munich Agreement thwarted the plans of the conspirators. Since this is based on history, ...more
Julian Worker
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful thriller written by a master of the craft set before and at the Munich conference of 1938. Many twists and turns without any violence, though the hint of it is always there. The writing sweeps you along and the details of the historic buildings add historic relevance to the story.
Roger Brunyate
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it

On the third page of Robert Harris' novel, a woman tells her husband she has been having the children fitted for gas masks. The year was 1938, Germany was poised to invade Czechoslovakia, and it looked as though Britain would be at war at any moment. I remember those masks, made to look like Donald Duck to be less frightening. War broke out only a year later, and I grew up in it. And came to absorb the common notion that Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister at the time, was wea
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Munich is a book that I read quickly, probably because the book was not that thick, but I have to admit that I was also totally captivated by the story set during four days in September 1938. Robert Harris is a writer who has the ability to write books, whether it's historical or more modern, that captivate and Munich is definitely no exception. Something I thought while reading the book was how little I really knew about the Munich agreement or, probably more accurately, I remembered, and I was ...more
Kate Quinn
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everyone knows that the Munich peace conference of ’38 ended with Neville Chamberlain’s famous “Peace in our time”—an illusion all too soon shattered. But Robert Harris brings unbelievable tension to this well-known moment of history, as two old university friends face each other on opposite sides of the diplomatic table: a junior English diplomat fighting to buy his country enough time to arm for war, and a German patriot determined to bring Hitler down by any means necessary, and begging Engla ...more
Clif Hostetler
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This historical novel develops the behind-the-scenes drama leading to the 1938 Munich Agreement signed by Germany, France, United Kingdom and Italy which permitted Nazi Germany's annexation of portions of Czechoslovakia (a.k.a. Sudetenland). Many people today consider the famous reference to "peace for our time" by British prime minister Neville Chamberlain following the agreement as a shameful mistake with historic consequences.

This book provides some very understandable insight into Chamberla
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thriller is set around the Munich Conference of 1938. Although events are, themselves, fascinating, Harris introduces two fictional characters into his novel. There is Hugh Legat, one of Chamberlain’s private secretaries and Paul von Hartmann, a German diplomat and a member of an anti-Hitler resistance movement. The two men knew each other at Oxford, but haven’t been in touch for six years. However, when Chamberlain is due to arrive in Munich to meet Hitler, Hartmann decides to utilise his ...more
Bill Lynas
The ability to seamlessly blend fact & fiction is a skill that Robert Harris has shown in many of his previous novels, & I'm pleased to say that Munich is no exception.
The events of the 1938 Munich meeting between Hitler & Chamberlain are given added tension (because we already know the outcome) by inserting fictional characters into a real historical situation. This may not be a classic novel like Fatherland or Imperium, but Harris still springs enough surprises to keep the reader entertained.
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3.5 stars

“If I were convinced that any nation had made up its mind to dominate the world by fear of its force, I should feel that it must be resisted. Under such a domination, life for people who believe in liberty would not be worth living. But war is a fearful thing, and we must be very clear, before we embark on it, that it is really the great issues that are at stake, and that the call to risk everything in their defense, when all the consequences are weighed, is irresistible.”
― Robert Harr
Joanne Preisser
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Historical "thriller"? Yeah, not so much. This book was hella boring. I love WWII era historical fiction but this book didn't do it for me. Lots of names of government officials, lots of meetings, lots of drafting letters, etc etc but really not much action or intrigue. It it told from the point of view of two characters, one English and one German, who are lower-level officials who are on the outskirts and thus are outside the room most of the time when something significant is being done or sa ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peace for our time...

It's September, 1938. Hitler has delivered an ultimatum – the Czechs must withdraw from the disputed Sudetenland and cede it to Germany, or Germany will forcibly annexe it. Britain is torn – if Germany carries out its threat, there will inevitably be Europe-wide war, a war for which the British armed forces are woefully under-prepared. The British PM, Neville Chamberlain, must find a way to maintain the fragile peace, even at the expense of appeasing a regime that is already
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Munich (2017) focusses on the discussions between France, Britain, Germany and Italy about the Sudetenland Crisis of 1938. Sudetenland being the historical German name for the northern, southern, and western areas of former Czechoslovakia which were inhabited primarily by Sudeten Germans and which Hitler wanted to reclaim, by force if necessary.

I got the impression that Robert Harris believes Neville Chamberlain has been unfairly remembered by history and here he gets a largely positive portraya
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Such a long wait for a book that I read in 24 hours! Such is the life of a reader :)
This isn’t my favorite book by Harris, but it is well worth the read, especially after viewing the recent movie, The Darkest Hour. Both take place over the span of a few days. Both bring to life the political and personal struggles that take place behind the scenes of England’s leadership prior to and at the precipice of war.

In Munich, Chamberlain becomes a hero even among the German people for cunningly persuadi
Steven Z.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
For those who are familiar with the works of Robert Harris they are aware of how the author develops fictional characters that are integrated into important historical events. He has the knack of developing individuals like Xavier March in FATHERLAND, George Piquart in AN OFFICER AND A SPY, Tom Jericho in ENIGMA, and Fluke Kelso in ARCHANGEL in presenting accurate scenarios that make one feel that these characters are real. Harris is a master of historical fiction, but his new characters Hugh Le ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Munich by Robert Harris is a mix of historical fiction and thriller. Though, to be fair, the thriller part falls short of the historical fiction part. The reason for this is due to the overarching goal of preventing a war due to Hitler's annexation of parts of the Czech nation, but since WWII does happen it is a foregone conclusion.

The story revolves around two people- Hugh Legat, a Private Secretary for Prime Minister Chamberlin, and Paul Hartmann, a German diplomat. As Chamberlin readies for a
Truly brilliant. A contender for book of the year.

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ROBERT HARRIS is the author of nine best-selling novels: Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium, The Ghost Writer, Conspirata, The Fear Index, and An Officer and a Spy. Several of his books have been adapted to film, most recently The Ghost Writer, directed by Roman Polanski. His work has been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in the village of Kintbury, England, with his ...more

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