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Hitler's Peace

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  948 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Autumn 1943. Since Stalingrad, Hitler has known that Germany cannot win the war. The upcoming Allied conference in Teheran will set the ground rules for their second front-and for the peace to come. Realizing that the unconditional surrender FDR has demanded will leave Germany in ruins, Hitler has put out peace feelers. (Unbeknownst to him, so has Himmler, who is ready to ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published May 19th 2005)
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David Lowther
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
A load of thoroughly entertaining rubbish, the literary equivalent of Tarantino's brilliant movie Inglorious Basterds.

Philip Kerr is one of the very best writers of Nazi Germany stories, some set before the war, others during it and the rest after it. They all have one thing in common; the presence of champion cynic policeman Bernie Gunther. The main character in Hitler's Peace, Willard Mayer, is not Bernie but pretty tough, considering he's been seconded from his job as a philosophy teacher at
Toni Osborne
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of this author since my introduction to the Bernie Gunther series some time ago. I simply could not stay there waiting for the next installment so why not backtrack and “Hitler’s Peace” became my preferred choice.

This is briskly paced and a sharp standalone spy thriller set in 1943 when Hitler and his advisors see that they are losing the war and unconditional surrender is out of the question. Hitler and his advisers then work on a secret plan to manipulate the Allies to turn th
What if Adolf Hitler had offered the Allies a negotiated peace in 1943? That is the premise of Philip Kerr's Hitler's Peace; unfortunately, the novel doesn't live up to its fascinating premise. The main character is an insufferable womanizing know-it-all with none of the charm or sly wit of Kerr's great Berlin detective, Bernie Gunther. Moreover, Hitler's motivations for seeking peace after the debacle of Stalingrad are never fleshed out and whatever Kerr does posit doesn't seem very believable, ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not really such great writing; but perfectly interesting. Hard to put up with novelization of these characters (I just had dinner with Adolf!), but I understand much is factual, so, on I go ... .
Turned out to be perfectly interesting. Three interesting plots going on, the "hero" becomes more and more interesting, and the places and people are certainly very interesting. Worthwhile. Very.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
HITLER’S PEACE. (2005). Philip Kerr. ***.
Kerr rose to prominence after the success of his Berlin Noir Trilogy. I read them as they came out, and was sure that the author was the new benchmark for historical/espionage fiction. His main character in his early books was Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who turned private in Berlin during the 1930s. He took on the persona of our now popular P.I.’s, including his wisecracking and his unfettered tracking of criminals. In this novel, our friend Gunther
Sep 04, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: hist-fic, lit, war
After 2 chapters, I wanted to give it 4-stars, later I was giving 5-stars, but then, the last 3 chapters, well, I don't want to spoil it for anybody, let's just say I couldn't suspend disbelief any longer. Some of the things that happen here just could have happened, with intermediaries, but not with the main protagonists; and just too much is attributed to one obscure 3rd tier Oss analyst…
This being said, Kerr is topgun when it comes to research! What he doesn't know about nazi Germany, or WWII
Phil Shaw
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simply brilliant. Didn't want to put it down. I havent read a Philip Kerr book that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. I find his style easy and fun to read. The humour in his books appeals to me greatly. 'Hitler's Peace" was no exception, and will definitely go onto my - read it again sometime - shelf.
M. Sprouse
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This is not so much a alternative history as an explanation of what possibly could have happened at the Big Three's Tehran Conference of 1943. Philip Kerr, as usual, does a masterful job making history come alive particularly the Nazis. When reading Kerr one gets a feel that these Nazis were actually human. But humans who headed down the path to evil by making a series of terrible choices, turning a blind eye and rationalizing evil. An object lesson for any time period.

"Hitler's Peace" is a goo
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
With Philip Kerr gone, and just one more Bernie Gunther book remaining in the pipeline, I was pleased to find this at a used bookstore near my home.

It can be argued that in some ways the hero of this book, Professor Willard Mayer, is, to some degree, something of an American version of Gunther. He's a complicated, canny individual who's generally one step ahead of those around him, with a somewhat checkered past, some of which he'd like to keep hidden.

Mayer's father was Jewish, his mother very
Greg Guma
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, fiction
Reading this novel around Memorial Day put a fresh spin on the tough moral choices and horrendous violence facing Europe in the months before D-day, a period when the US, Russia and even Germany looked for ways to quickly end it. There were few clear heroes, and Kerr delivers vivid portraits of many major figures, along with a fictional philosopher-diplomat who saves the Big Three — as well as Hitler — before the historic Teheran conference that brought together Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin. ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Mix of fact and fiction in this novel centred on the Teheran conference of 1943 when Stalin, Roosevelt, and Churchill met. Very large cast of characters, at times hard to keep track of. Differing viewpoints - a first person narrator (Jewish American intelligence officer/philosophy professor), and 3rd person accounts of German anti-Hitler plotting. An ingenious fictional (maybe?) interpretation of what actually happened at the conference.
Trevor Andrews
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed reading this book.

I like historical fiction except that I often wonder what bits were fiction. Kerr leaves you in ono doubt as he tells you the key "truths" at the end of the book.

The biggest "educational" part was how leaders bargain peace. It was also interesting to read how little influence Britain had in the matter.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
A follow-up to Berlin Noir, but not as well done...centers on Hitler's inner circle at the time leading up to the Teheran meeting of the Big Three. Feels forced rather than natural, as Berlin Noir felt. Not a bad read, but a disappointment after Berlin Noir.
Leigh Van Sickle
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I had to stop somewhere in the middle. It’s tedious, especially compared to Kerr’s Bernie Gunther series. I know Kerr is generally amazingly historically accurate, so I was taken aback by his use of Disney’s Princess Aurora, who was in Sleeping Beauty in 1959, not in the Forties.
Styron Powers
Nov 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing- Poorly Written, with a difficult flow. I finished 50% and put it aside. For most of my life, I finished books, even if I disliked the book. Now, I no longer waste the reading time. Unfortunately, I did waste the money.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would give it seven stars if I could.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a very fast paced novel, but I was hoping for the big what if twist to develop and it never did. I felt a bit let down at the end. But overall the book as very interesting.
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent and enjoyable read from beginning to end. My first outing with this author but I sincerely hope not the last.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Good use of history to create an interesting possibility with a surprising twist. Kept my attention throughout.
Chris Parker
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great alternative history.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
WWII historical scenario involving the Big Three and Germany with spies, plots to kill the WWII leaders and surprising peace initiatives!
Willard Mayer has the strangest luck. How many people get to dine with FDR, talk about the worries of life with Winston Churchill, annoy Joseph Stalin, and shake hands with Adolf Hitler? And this after they've been arrested several times for espionage given a string of bodies trailing behind them. Mayer's no murderer or spy, even if once in his impressionable youth he was a member of the Communist party and passed information to the Soviet intelligence service, the NKVD. The year is 1943, and Ma ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
In 1943, as Hitler’s losses mount, everyone is trying to negotiate a way to end the war in Europe – Russia/Germany, USA/Germany; Germans vs Hitler. The Big Three (Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin) meet in Teheran to negotiate the progress of the war and a second European front. Professor Willard Mayer, working for the OSS, is invited to the White House by FDR for an unadvertised meeting. Roosevelt asks him to read a report on a possible war crime in Katyn Forest. The results of Mayer’s report get ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Author of the rightly celebrated Bernie Gunther World War II and Cold War novels, Philip Kerr turns to a stand-alone story on the possibility of what might have happened at the conference of "The Big 3" - Stalin, Roosevelt and the junior partner, Church - in 1943 in Teheran. Roosevelt has invited the book's "hero", philosophy professor Willard Mayer to travel to the conference as an interpreter, after having him compile a report on the (then) alleged Soviet massacre of 5,000 Polish soldiers, now ...more
Philip Kerr, who knows his Germany and his WWII, tries his hand at a bit of alternative history making with this novel. Set at the time of the real Big 3 conference in Tehran, Kerr poses the delicious possibility that Hitler gets invited as well. A layered examination of the times and the fine art of duplicity and diplomacy, Kerr mixes fictional characters with real players and asks, slowly but surely, what if? What would it have taken and who might have agreed. Professor Mayer, a philosopher, O ...more
Irving Koppel
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it

Mr.Kerr has written a work of fiction based upon things that might have happened that would have
changed the outcome of World WarII. It seemed that by 1943 the Germans were well aware that they
were going to lose the war. A desperate plan was devised to kill Churchill,Roosevelt,and Stalin at
the Teheran Conference in December of that year. The German army,the SS,the Luftwaffe are all involved in plots and counterplots. My major criticism would be that there are so many characters
involved that it
Robert LoCicero
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fine novel from this author. Very interesting fiction story with large dose of real occurrences within. Story revolves around preparations and events at the World War II Teheran conference in which Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill met to discuss the waging of war against Nazi Germany. Excellent pacing to the story and the usual informative and demonstrative characterizations of the main actors makes this a read in which one never knows what is going to happen next. A mystery story as well ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: his-fiction, mystery
I have long been a fan of Philip Kerr, but the pace of this book didn't really pick up until about half way through. While the descriptions and characterizations were rich and detailed, I found it slowed the story down some. That being said, I did not see the "speculative" twist near the end of this novel. I had to reread the paragraph or two where the least expected character does the least expected thing at the least expected place. Hope I haven't ruined it for anyone. I couldn't put the book ...more
Ian Robb
Unlike the Bernie Gunther series with is fiction, this is alternative history. It involves the German high command, with all the usual suspects, Hitler, Bormann, Gobbels, Von Ribbentrop, and Schellenburg realizing that WW2 cannot be won and trying to negotiate for peace. Willard Mayer, a philosopher, is chosen by Roosevelt as an interpreter. On the Allied side we meet Stalin and Churchill. There is a lot of verifiable history in this fiction and I really learned something about the German side. ...more
Michael Twist
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kerr's ability to sprinkle literary references throughout the first two thirds of the novel added enjoyment to a fascinating piece of fiction that no doubt required countless hours of meticulous research. Utilizing his understanding of little known historical oddities surrounding the events leading up to the meeting of the Big Three, Kerr has provided a fast paced book which culminates with a fictitious dialogue that reveals himself as a master historian, psychologist, and even philosopher of so ...more
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Philip Kerr was a British author. He was best known for his Bernie Gunther series of 13 historical thrillers and a children's series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr.

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