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Munich: A novel por Robert Harris
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Munich: A novel (original 2017; edição 2018)

por Robert Harris (Autor)

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September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?… (mais)
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Chamberlain: Realist vs. Appeaser

Robert Harris’ new novel, Munich, is notable for arguing that rather than appeaser of Hitler, Chamberlain in fact recognized Great Britain’s weak military position, that Britain required time to build up its land and air forces, that the British people lacked the appetite for another, far worse all out world war, especially over what many saw as an entirely continental dispute, and that Britain, should war come, could do little to thwart Hitler’s conquest of Czechoslovakia. It also has the virtue of reminding us that resistance to Hitler existed, in particular during the very time of the Munich diplomatic efforts to forestall war, in the form of the Oster Conspiracy (Generalmajor Hans Oster, deputy head of Abwer, German military intelligence).

Munich takes place during the four days surrounding the signing of the Munich Agreement, September 29, 1938, as Chamberlain and the British government prepare to fly to Germany. Number 10 Downing Street buzzes with activity as PM Chamberlain and staff prepare for their upcoming meeting with Hitler, Mussolini, and Daladier (France). Among the diplomatic service staff is a junior member, Hugh Legat, a fictional character. He expects to help assemble materials for the meeting and then remain in London. To his, and others’, surprise, he finds himself selected to accompany the mission. The request for his presence comes through secret communication from Berlin. Another young junior diplomat, Paul von Hartmann, of the German Foreign Ministry, through his highly placed cohorts has originated the request. Paul and Hugh both attended Oxford, Balliol College. They spent a summer together in the Munich area early in the decade in the company of a young German girl, girlfriend to Paul but who also had a brief romance with Hugh. Paul wants Hugh in Munich so that he might deliver to him a report attributable to Hitler stating in no uncertain terms the dictator’s intentions not only in Czechoslovakia but also going forward into the 1940s. Paul and his fellow conspirators believe that if they can prevent Chamberlain and the others from signing a peaceful transfer of the Sudetenland to the Nazi’s, the Wehrmacht will overthrow Hitler and thus save Germany from, as they see it, an unwinnable war. The novel focuses on the machinations and dangers faced by Paul in getting the message into Paul’s hands, and thereafter from Paul to Chamberlain. This message serves to reinforce the idea that while Chamberlain might be viewed as an appeaser, he might also be seen as a cool-eyed realist.

Harris, a master at suspense and detailed research, excels at recreating the atmosphere surrounding one of the most important meetings in 20th century world history, from the landscape and architecture of Munich, to the food consumed, down to the operation of the diplomatic corps. He also paints intriguing portraits of not only the key historical figures, but to many lost in the dust of history. While you may or may not agree with Harris’ revised portrayal of Chamberlain, you’ll surely enjoy the ride provided by his very good historical suspense novel.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Chamberlain: Realist vs. Appeaser

Robert Harris’ new novel, Munich, is notable for arguing that rather than appeaser of Hitler, Chamberlain in fact recognized Great Britain’s weak military position, that Britain required time to build up its land and air forces, that the British people lacked the appetite for another, far worse all out world war, especially over what many saw as an entirely continental dispute, and that Britain, should war come, could do little to thwart Hitler’s conquest of Czechoslovakia. It also has the virtue of reminding us that resistance to Hitler existed, in particular during the very time of the Munich diplomatic efforts to forestall war, in the form of the Oster Conspiracy (Generalmajor Hans Oster, deputy head of Abwer, German military intelligence).

Munich takes place during the four days surrounding the signing of the Munich Agreement, September 29, 1938, as Chamberlain and the British government prepare to fly to Germany. Number 10 Downing Street buzzes with activity as PM Chamberlain and staff prepare for their upcoming meeting with Hitler, Mussolini, and Daladier (France). Among the diplomatic service staff is a junior member, Hugh Legat, a fictional character. He expects to help assemble materials for the meeting and then remain in London. To his, and others’, surprise, he finds himself selected to accompany the mission. The request for his presence comes through secret communication from Berlin. Another young junior diplomat, Paul von Hartmann, of the German Foreign Ministry, through his highly placed cohorts has originated the request. Paul and Hugh both attended Oxford, Balliol College. They spent a summer together in the Munich area early in the decade in the company of a young German girl, girlfriend to Paul but who also had a brief romance with Hugh. Paul wants Hugh in Munich so that he might deliver to him a report attributable to Hitler stating in no uncertain terms the dictator’s intentions not only in Czechoslovakia but also going forward into the 1940s. Paul and his fellow conspirators believe that if they can prevent Chamberlain and the others from signing a peaceful transfer of the Sudetenland to the Nazi’s, the Wehrmacht will overthrow Hitler and thus save Germany from, as they see it, an unwinnable war. The novel focuses on the machinations and dangers faced by Paul in getting the message into Paul’s hands, and thereafter from Paul to Chamberlain. This message serves to reinforce the idea that while Chamberlain might be viewed as an appeaser, he might also be seen as a cool-eyed realist.

Harris, a master at suspense and detailed research, excels at recreating the atmosphere surrounding one of the most important meetings in 20th century world history, from the landscape and architecture of Munich, to the food consumed, down to the operation of the diplomatic corps. He also paints intriguing portraits of not only the key historical figures, but to many lost in the dust of history. While you may or may not agree with Harris’ revised portrayal of Chamberlain, you’ll surely enjoy the ride provided by his very good historical suspense novel.
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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
A historical thriller based on the Munich Treaty of 1938. ( )
  sujitacharyya | Sep 25, 2021 |
Reading a book where the outcome is essentially ordained (I assumed that Harris would not be changing history here) can be a frustrating experience or it can be a chance to delve into characters and actions that while not changing to actual outcome do exhibit courage. I always like the way Harris immerses you in the time and place of his novels and I found the two main characters to be complex and worth getting to know. I also feel like I learned a lot about Neville Chamberlain and will not be so quick to attack his choices from the safe perch of 100% perfect backwards vision. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Harris has produced fictional inside view of what happened behind the closed doors of the 1938 Munich negotiations to curtail a war over the Sudetenland. While the main characters such as Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini. Ciano, Horace Wilson, Keitel play out their roles in the historical context of the crisis, Harris adds fictional characters who while heavily involved in the plot, illustrate the other issues playing out in Nazi Germany and struggling England of the period.

The reader is introduced to anti-Hitler movement that was peculating in Germany in 1938. In England, the government was faced with a populace that still remembered the slaughter of WW I and did not want another war. Using a couple of the fictional characters, Harris introduces the reader to the concentration camps and the attacks on the Jews and how this terrorized the German citizen who did not agree with Hitler's policies.

Very readable and one way to learn some WW II background. ( )
  lamour | Jul 14, 2021 |
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September 1938. Hitler is determined to start a war. Chamberlain is desperate to preserve the peace.The issue is to be decided in a city that will forever afterwards be notorious for what takes place there. Munich. As Chamberlain's plane judders over the Channel and the Fuhrer's train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own. Hugh Legat is one of Chamberlain's private secretaries; Paul Hartmann a German diplomat and member of the anti-Hitler resistance. Great friends at Oxford before Hitler came to power, they haven't seen one another since they were last in Munich six years earlier. Now, as the future of Europe hangs in the balance, their paths are destined to cross again. When the stakes are this high, who are you willing to betray? Your friends, your family, your country or your conscience?

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