Reviews

  • Totally gripping … A fascinating, revelatory and surreal WWII story of almost incredible courage and unspeakable horror – how a Polish resistance fighter helped reveal the secret of the final solution from inside Auschwitz

    Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • A remarkable book. Fairweather’s account is often harrowing; but it is an important account of the suffering and tragedy in Nazi death camps, told using many previously unpublished sources - and from a new perspective.

    Peter Frankopan
  • Well-researched, well-written and searingly memorable, Jack Fairweather’s book reminds us of the capacity for nobility in the human soul in times of unimaginable peril

    Andrew Roberts, bestselling author of ‘Churchill: Walking with Destiny’
  • Few books have enthralled, incensed and haunted me as “The Volunteer” has done. There were times I felt compelled to set it aside. There were others when hours of reading passed in what felt like moments … This is a story that has long deserved a robust, faithful telling, and he has delivered it

    Wall Street Journal
  • An extraordinary story

    The Times
  • Superbly written and breathtakingly researched … a story of incalculable value delivered in the most compelling prose I have read in a long time

    Sebastian Junger, #1 New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist
  • What distinguishes The Volunteer is Fairweather’s meticulous attention to accuracy … if it sometimes seems as though there is nothing left to uncover about the Holocaust, Fairweather’s gripping book proves otherwise

    The Spectator
  • Combines the verve of a thriller with the detailed evidence of the sober, hideous truth

    Anne de Courcy, The Telegraph
  • A searing account … a fitting memorial to one of Poland’s greatest war heroes and a shaming indictment of the western allies’ failure to act

    Sunday Times
  • A forceful narrative with unstoppable reading momentum, Fairweather has created an insightful biography of a covert war hero and an extraordinary contribution to the history of the Holocaust.

    Starred booklist review

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