Munich by Robert Harris


FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FATHERLAND, CONCLAVE AND AN OFFICER AND A SPY.September 1938Hitler 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 Fürher’s train steams relentlessly south from Berlin, two young men travel with secrets of their own....

Details Munich

Release DateSep 21st, 2017
PublisherCornerstone Digital
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, War, World War II

Reviews Munich

  • 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....
  • Malia
    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 ...
  • Matt
    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 Nevi...
  • Tammy
    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 m...
  • James
    ‘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 te...
  • Maciek
    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...
  • Faith
    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...
  • 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...
  • Toni Osborne
    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 secr...
  • Gram
    In a nutshell, this is a revisionist history of the 1938 Munich Agreement masquerading as a World War II thriller. The action covers four days at the end of September 1938, when British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain flew to Germany to meet Adolf Hitler and the Prime Ministers of France and Italy - Édouard Daladier and Benito Mussolini. Their aim was to settle the question of Nazi Germany's annexation of portions of Czechoslovakia along its'...
  • Leah
    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, eve...
  • Kate
    Truly brilliant. A contender for book of the year.
  • Steven Z.
    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 ...
  • Jean Poulos
    I have always enjoyed books by Robert Harris. I particularly enjoyed reading his Imperium Trilogy about Cicero. Harris is a master of historical novels.Munich is the German City where British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain met with Adolf Hitler in September 1938 in a desperate attempt to preserve peace in Europe. This meeting is the focal point of this book. The meeting was to discuss Hitler’s demands that the Sudetenland region of Czechosl...
  • Rich
    I guess the best thing I can say about this novel was that is was not to dry. He is not a bad writer but I guess he will never write a novel as good as the Fatherland again. This novel had a decent pace to it. It was boring at times however and was missing some snap and sizzle. At the start of the novel there were way , way too many names one had to wade thru that. it gave a good recap of the event but the two main friends were blah, not much hap...
  • Jo
    Robert Harris is a master at writing about historical events and making them come to life. This time he's set his novel 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.
  • Mal Warwick
    Mention Neville Chamberlain and Munich in the same breath today, and you're likely to elicit a grimace. The agreement in 1938 between the British Prime Minister and Adolf Hitler to dismember Czechoslovakia is regarded as one of the most shameful and tragic events of the 20th century. But is it fair to condemn Chamberlain without understanding his motivation or the context of the times? The British thriller author Robert Harris has been exploring ...
  • Jill Meyer
    I've been a Robert Harris fan since "Fatherland" and "Enigma", though I was very disappointed in his latest book, "Conclave". I gave it two stars, I think, writing that it was almost cartoon-like in its paper-thin characters and non-sensical plot. I was hoping the just published book, "Munich" would be better. Unfortunately, it isn't.There are two ways of writing history; non-fiction straight history and historical fiction. With historical fictio...
  • Marialyce
    I have always enjoyed reading Mr Harris' books. He fills them so well with facts while carrying on a story line that is oftentimes mesmerizing.In this book, we meet the two prominent world leaders who together will play out a scenario that will eventually wind up being the Second World War. Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain is trying to do whatever is within his power to avert a war. He is meeting with Hitler, Mussolini, and Daladier in Munich ...
  • Jeanette
    Fantastic read. 4.5 stars. Harris grasps the dichotomies to edges of loyalties here perfectly. His writing style to approach the underpinnings of crux events in historical fiction is presently the top tier. His people are known, real humans in conversations within word craft never blocking insights to those convictions, moods or "eyes" notice. This encompasses Neville Chamberlain, his worldview perceptions, better than some studied non-fiction I'...
  • Joanne
    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 t...
  • Susu
    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 he...
  • Nooilforpacifists
    Although nearly viering into smaltz, Harris deftly executes a last-minute turn, preserving his usual fine, fly-on-the-wall history.
  • Susan Johnston
    Princess Fuzzypants here:Sometimes I read a book that takes its time in drawing me in, Often the main characters are not strong enough to make me care what happens to them. And then there is a book like Munich. From the first page I was hooked, totally drawn into the story and the characters. While I was uncertain how the story would reveal itself knowing what the true history was, it nonetheless was riveting.It fleshed out some of the characters...
  • Maine Colonial
    I’m a big fan of Robert Harris’s work, and I’ve enthusiastically enjoyed Fatherland, Enigma, An Officer and a Spy and Conclave. I got Munich from the UK so that I could read it as soon as possible. Unfortunately, though this is certainly well written, I can’t recommend it.I am a longtime reader of fiction and nonfiction about the Nazi era, so I’m familiar with the events of the 1938 Munich agreement. Harris says he has long had a mild o...
  • Steve Cunningham
    Robert Harris has the enviable knack of making you forget that you know the outcome of the events he is fictionalising and immersing you completely in the moment. The tension in Munich as Great Britain and Germany teeter on the brink of war during the Sudetenland Crisis of 1938 is palpable and compelling. Where this novel falls short of his very best work is that his principal protagonists - Hugh Legat, a British civil servant and Paul von Hartma...
  • Amy Yingling
    The Munich Agreement was supposed to have prevented WWII, but as we all know Hitler did what he wanted to do in the end anyway. Harris brings the preceding days before Munich all the way up until Chamberlain's return to London alive through this fictionalized account of what happened during those few harrowing days. We are shown all of this mainly through the eyes of Hugh Legat, a secretary at 10 Downing St. and a German/English translator, who i...
  • Dolf Patijn
    I don’t like reading about politics, unless the writer’s name is Robert Harris. Whether it is about Roman politics, like in his superb Cicero trilogy, or in his book Munich about post-World War II politics, his books always make for an interesting and thrilling read.Munich is a book about the Munich Agreement in 1938. Hitler wanted to add Sudetenland (part of Czechoslovakia but populated mainly by Germans) to Germany. Because Britain and Fran...
  • Havers
    Wenn es darum geht, aus historischen Fakten und/oder Persönlichkeiten interessante Romane zu kreieren, dann ist man bei dem englischen Autor Robert Harris an der richtigen Adresse. Ganz gleich, ob er die Lebensgeschichte des römischen Konsuls Cicero oder, wie in seinem neuesten Roman, die Ereignisse rund um das Münchner Abkommen von 1938 beschreibt. Das Ergebnis liefert dem historisch interessierten Leser immer eine nicht nur informative sonde...