• Frighteningly compelling ... the feel and pace of a court-room thriller. As it approaches its climax, you almost believe this dogged, decent man is going to win through ... superbly researched and tautly written

    Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail Book of the Week
  • Tremendous ... Ryback's tenacity as forensic researcher and huge storytelling flair make this a compelling page-turner

  • Gripping – and thoroughly chilling … The haunting question at the heart of this book is this: if there had been a few more like Hartinger … was there any way the Nazi terror might have been averted? … a fascinating reconstruction

  • The genius of the book is to present Ryback’s thorough research as a kind of duel between Hartinger and Wäckerle, adopting some of the conventions of modern crime drama … few [Germans] have been held up as war heroes. Ryback’s brilliant book makes a powerful case for honouring Hartinger, an honest man in dishonest times

    Roger Boyes, The Times
  • Gripping … anyone who thinks that Nazism came to power legally and without violence needs to read this account


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