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Reviews

  • A thrilling, stirring story, well told

    Anne De Courcy, Daily Telegraph
  • Reading Garrett's fluent and engaging account should make anyone tempted to feel jingoistic about Britain during the Second World War think twice

    Richard Overy, Literary Review
  • Extraordinary

    Jenni Frazer, Jewish Chronicle
  • Leah Garrett's X Troop is brilliantly researched, utterly gripping history: the first full account of a remarkable group of Jewish refugees-a top-secret band of brothers-who waged war on Hitler

    Alex Kershaw, New York Times best-selling author of The Longest Winter, The Bedford Boys, and The Liberator
  • Garrett's detective work is stunning, and her story-telling is masterful. This is an original account of Jewish rescue, resistance and revenge from within the Reich and at its edges, starting with the boys flight to England and ending with their brave return as they spearheaded the Allied invasion at Normandy, fought to defeat the Reich, and remained in British service to denazify Germany and Austria

    Wendy Lower, author of Hitler's Furies: German Women in the Killing Fields
  • This is Inglorious Basterds-but much better. Because it is the real story of clandestine Jewish fighters wreaking havoc against the Nazi war machine

    Norman Ohler, New York Times best-selling author of Blitzed and The Bohemians
  • A compelling read . . . Garrett's evocation of the tension and drama of the many clandestine operations in Europe undertaken by X-Troopers is gripping

    Sydney Morning Herald
  • Part history and part mystery, X-Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II tells a compelling and little known story about an improbable group of "British" soldiers who made an important contribution to the war effort. Their transformation from interned "enemy aliens" to soldiers with high security clearances is fascinating

    Deborah E. Lipstadt, author of Antisemitism Here and Now
  • A masterful work. Combining the skill of a superb storyteller and the precision of a first-rate scholar, Leah Garrett's new book tells a tale - truly stranger than fiction - of Jewish youth dispatched to the safety of England by their beleaguered German-Jewish families who volunteered for some of the most perilous of all anti-Nazi missions. An extraordinary portrait of heroism, of human decency amid horror.

    Steven J. Zipperstein, author of Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History
  • This is the best kind of history: highly original, deeply researched, beautifully written, with more than a touch of personal pathos. The men of X Troop went from stateless refugees of Nazi oppression to highly trained British special operations soldiers whose courageous actions did much to hasten Hitler's demise. Kudos to Leah Garrett for telling their amazing story with the authority of a scholar and the immediacy of a novelist!

    John C. McManus, author of Fire and Fortitude: The U.S. Army in the Pacific War, 1941-1943

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