This is a hard one to rate, so let's go with 3.5 stars. As a nonfiction book that reads as fast-paced fiction, it gets five stars. But I thought I was going to read about something that was documented, especially as it was obviously well-researched. Given the ending about the conspiracy, this would have been better as historical fiction.
To be honest, I loved the information but struggled with the writing style. The present tense made me feel like I was being walked through events like I was a kid. (That was totally not the authors’ intent I’m sure and it DOES make the book easy to follow!)
I did really love the final part that put together the events and the impact they had and even debated what we know to be true.
It was hard to stay engaged with for me personally but I did end the book on a high note. While it may not have totally been for me, I do feel it makes the topic accessible, easy to understand, and interesting.
This is a strange book about an event that happened during World War 2. In 1943. When the Nazis discovered that Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin, the “big three” as called by the media were meeting to plan strategy in Tehran. There are several chapters discussing the difficulties to set up this meeting as Stalin insisted it be in Tehran. The Nazis had spies and sympathizers in this city. When the Nazis knew that this meeting was happening, they decided to take advantage of the opportunity to “reshape the global order. The Nazis planned to tunnel underground to where the meeting was to be held but was stopped due to information about it from a Soviet intelligence agency. The authors dug up some new information. They admit that several researchers, pointing to contradictions in various firsthand accounts and a lack of documentation, have described the “plot” as a Soviet hoax. However, after sifting through the evidence, the authors conclude that there probably was a plot.
This nonfiction book reads like a thriller. I couldn’t stop reading it. The authors wrote about the twists and turns that could had changed history. It’s not a perfect book but a look at World War 2 isn’t perfect.
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I received this title so I could lead an online book group discussion, and I was thrilled to do so. I found The Nazi Conspiracy to be fast-paced and entertaining, reading more like a novel than a NF history book. I truly enjoyed it - so much so that next on my list is The First Conspiracy. It's definitely a title I'd recommend to my friends and colleagues who are interested in WWII history.
I enjoy reading history, especially when it covers the WWII era. This book was easy to read. the subject of the book is a Nazi plot against the Big Three; the leaders of Great Britain, America, and Russia. The three men finally manage to select a time and place to meet. The Nazi's gain knowledge of the plan and attempt to assassinate the three men. I read an electronic copy courtesy of Net Galley.
The most recent book by Brad Meltzer and co-author Josh Mensch, The Nazi Conspiracy, is a fascinating book that reads like a spy novel. While meticulously researched and presented, the tale of the organization and execution of a joint meeting between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin was an event in Tehran, Iran that I was completely unaware of. The machinations to make this meeting happen to solidify the support of all the Allied leaders in pursuit of an end to World War II required unbelievable coordination and diplomacy as well some interesting spycraft. The authors provide remarkable insight into the complexity of holding the alliance of leaders who did not completely trust each other , but needed to present a unified front to the world at war together.This is a slice of history that is not well-known but was apparently crucial to securing an end to the war and this story will be enlightening to all who read it. I highly recommend this book.
I was given an arc of this interesting book through Net Galley.
I'm a fan of Brad Meltzer, but I've yet to read one of his nonfiction books with Josh Mensch until now.
This book is about a plot by the Nazis to assassinate President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin when they met in Tehran to outline and plan strategy for ending World War II and forcing the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany.
The book is well researched and reads like Meltzer's fiction. It has short chapters and they do a great job of building the tension that the Big 3 must've been facing at this period. It's not dry at all and I like that we saw it from each side's point of view. I also liked that there weren't any huge info dumps in any of the chapters. Overall a great read! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or is a World War II buff.
Thank you to Flatiron Books, authors Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch, and NetGalley for gifting me a digital copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
Meltzer and Mensch deliver a compelling true story of a conspiracy to assassinate world leaders during WWII. The authors captivated my attention with details surrounding the conspiracy including relationships, negotiations, and strategies. This story was surprisingly fast-paced and entertaining.
ARC was provided by NetGalley and Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of this book I listened to it with the audio book. Book held readers interest would recommend if you are interested in that time period lots of historical information
The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill by Brad Meltzer & John Mensch is a non-fiction book that surprisingly reads like fiction. As the title suggests this is an examination of a triple assassination plot to kill Franklin Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. Of course, because it occurs during World War II Hitler is the one who wants the three leaders dead.
The book focuses on the three leaders, their discussions, their correspondence and their decisions. As a reader you have a ring side seat to their intellect and the back story which leads to their choices. It is fascinating.
FDR works very hard to get Stalin and Churchill together for a summit. It goes back and forth for quite sometime and finally they agree to late November in Tehran, Iran. At the summit they will plan the next stage of their strategy for the war.
Nazi agents and Iranians loyal to Hitler come up with a plan to assassinate the three Allied leaders during the Tehran conference.
The book is well written and very interesting. I love history, so when a book like this comes out it definitely peaks my interest. I feel that Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch are a good team. I would like to see them collaborate on more historical issues. I hope they continue to write together because I wouldn’t hesitate to read their next book.
I would like to thank the authors, Flatiron Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Nonfiction that reads like fiction! This is no mean feat and difficult to achieve but Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch have certainly done it. The book is about the true story of the conspiracy to assassinate the three leaders - Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Franklin Roosevelt while they meet in Tehran, Iran. But there’s so much more than just this plot - the political intrigue, the setting of the stage way before the so-called attempt, the characters - all so well done. I particularly enjoyed the up close and personal characterization of the people in the book, especially the three leaders. One point I appreciated being emphasized is that the Soviet Union bore the brunt of casualties during World War II, a point that doesn’t get much play in the West. Millions of Soviet military and civilians lost their lives, the war having been fought on their lands. I enjoyed the negotiating strategies deployed by both Roosevelt and Stalin and the sustained pressure they applied on a reluctant Churchill (understandably so) to commit to Operation Overlord. This book was fast-paced and kept my interest. It humanized every individual in the book, friend or foe, as it set out to unveil the plot that could have changed the course of history. An enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it. Many thanks to the authors, publisher, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Learning about history is important so that it doesn't repeat itself. This story is one that stems from both folklore and some historical perspectives. We learn about Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin and how they wanted to get together to show their countries that they were all in on the war effort against Hitler. Hitler on the other hand wanted to show the world that HE was the one in power, so he sent in his well-trained spies to infiltrate the summit and assassinate the leaders that were against him. It's a well-written book with interesting back information about all the leaders and what they truly were dealing with at home and with their governments during this time. I enjoyed learning about the statesof the nations and the minds of its leaders and people during this time.
This book covers a great deal more than a plan to assassinate the leaders of the Big Three. The authors do an excellent job of clearly and concisely explaining the politics of all the governments involved. Each has its own sometimes contradictory aims. Each leader has to deal with the personalities of their allies, adding to the complications of agreeing to a plan of action. Getting Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill to meet in person is an accomplishment of it's own. Meanwhile the Germans are intent on sabotage in Iraq. They also discover they have more resources there than they realized. So when they find that the Allied leaders are to meet in Tehran it seems possible to assassinate all three. Of course, it's a spy vs. spy game and makes for a great story. The ways this episode has been portrayed with regard to shifting attitudes since World War II are a valuable inclusion, reminding one that history is a process.
I am a huge Brad Meltzer fan. I’ve read all his fiction books and his nonfiction books and watched his show “Decoded” so it was predetermined I would love this one.
I think what I enjoyed the most about this book is that it reads like watching an entertaining documentary. I also love that the book tells of so much more than the alleged assassination attempt of the big three first meeting in Iran.
I liked the nonlinear timeline and enjoyed the follow up of all the players in this book.
The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch is about the first ever meeting between Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill in Iran. When the Nazis find out about it, they create a secret plan to assassinate the Big Three. The expected publication date of this book is January 10, 2023.
I'd like to thank NetGalley and Flatiron Books for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of The Nazi Conspiracy. I never learned about this secret plot in school, and I wanted to learn more about it. When I learned that I had been approved to receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, I was thrilled.
This non-fiction book was an informative read as well as mostly interesting. There was a slow stretch in the book where approximately fifty of the pages read like a text book, but overall, it was a learning experience. There is so much that was never taught in my history classes, and I was surprised at what I didn't know.
With technology being so advanced now, it's hard to imagine the trials and tribulations of trying to run a government when you're out of the country during the 1940's. It's something I never gave much thought to before now. Not to mention how entailed the process of protecting the President and all the hoops the Secret Service had to jump through to organize the travel for Roosevelt. It was also interesting to learn that there were two men from Nazi Germany that were undercover in Iran and had an underground network of sympathizers and that some of them turned on the undercover agents. World War II was such a horrible time in history, and I hope people continue to learn from it.
Four out of five stars is what I gave The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch. This should be required reading for high school students.
Brad Meltzer is one of my favorite writers and I am always on the lookout for his new book. When I saw The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill, I knew he would make this piece of WWII come alive. He did not disappoint. He gives facts, back-stories, and skillfully relates the drama and suspense involved. In some ways it seemed like historical fiction rather than the history book it is.
WWII has so many facets to it that it offers many opportunities to learn, and learn I did. Once again, the vile, unimaginable reality, the inhumaneness, brutality and cruelty of what was done during that horrific war hit me hard. This is a disturbing, but important read.
My thanks to Flatiron Books who let me read a copy of the book via NetGalley. It is scheduled for publication on 1/10/23. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are freely given.
Can one imagine trying to attempt what was known in the '40s as the Big Three? These three men Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin led the world Allied nations during World War 2. The leaders after lots of back and forthing, agreed to meet in Tehran, to discuss ways to bring this horrendous war to an end. However, there seemed to be a plot afoot which was to kill these three,. There seems to be many clues to the verity of this plot, but no real answers that point to its truthfulness. The two who claim it was true were a former Nazi and a KGB operative, so we are asked to make an educated guess as to the actual plot.
One can't imagine the fallout this act might have had if successful and I couldn't help but think of the assassination of JFK and how we were devastated as a people. So, one might conjecture that this might have swung the war into the Nazi's advantage. There were so many facts that were presented in this story and the authors, Brad Meltzer, and Josh Mensch, keep the action coming and the level of interest quite high. We do see these three leaders as very much in charge of what they governed and at times seem to come to head blows because of their separate but strong personalities.
All of these men also show the very pressure this war has put upon them both mentally, emotionally, and physically. Roosevelt perhaps is the worst one effected since his body is already suffering from his polio and age. Later. the big three meet again in Malta, where they want to start a way for the nations to rebuild after the extreme tragedy of this war.
Victory is Hitler's goal will even order the German youth as young as twelve to defend Berlin. So many lose their lives. And so does Roosevelt sadly..... "I felt myself as if I was hit by an unimaginable blow" says Winston Churchill. Our country is devastated as we had lost a courageous man who placed his country's needs above his own. A man who led the nation through the darkest days of war will always be remembered.
This was a fine tale of espionage, of character, of duplicity, loyalty, and steadfast dedication.
Thank you to the authors, Scott Brick for a fine narration, NatGalley and Macmillan Audio for a copy of this informative story.
I received an advance reading copy (arc) of this book from NetGalley.com in return for a fair review. The story behind the first meeting of the allies' Big Three (Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin) during the throes of World War II was fascinating. Prior to this meeting in November of 1943, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and England's Prime Minister Winston Churchill had gotten together several times and developed a solid relationship both personally and professionally. They thought it would be a good idea to share the solidarity with Joseph Stalin, Premier of the Soviet Union in order to show the world that they all stood together and against the Axis power. It was not an easy feat to accomplish, but Tehran was finally agreed upon as a neutral meeting place. Security cautions were taken by all sides, but upon Roosevelt's arrival, the Russian group let his security team know that there may be a German plot by to assassinate the three leaders. A flurry of activity took place to move Roosevelt into the Russian embassy. Author Brad Meltzer did an outstanding job researching this story and then telling it. The book was a page-turner from beginning to end even though it is a well-known fact that everyone made it through the conference safely. World War II has a plethora of stories to tell and I for one am glad that Mr. Meltzer chose this one. Great book by a talented author.
I am a huge fan of this author’s fiction books, and enjoyed a couple of his previous non-fiction books too, so I was excited to get an advance copy of this book. I was not disappointed.
As indicated by the sub-title, the book is about a Nazi plot to assassinate Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin all in one fell swoop when the Big 3 gathered together in Tehran. There is a lot of background leading up to the potential big day, and it could have gotten boring and tedious to read, but it didn’t. Maybe because much of it was new to me, I found it informative and well-written.
The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the rather ambiguous ending – was there really a Nazi plot, or was it made up by some of the parties involved? The author presents both sides of the argument, and leaves it up to the reader to decide – or to attempt to search for additional information on their own. Knowing the amount of research the author does, though, I don’t know if anyone could learn more than what is included in this book.