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Nazis, Spies & Fakes: Ten Years at the Coalface of History [Kindle Edition]

Guy Walters
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"Guy Walters is a stellar historical journalist...Each article is well researched and colourfully written." Rebecca Rideal, The History Vault

For over a decade, the historian Guy Walters has been writing about a huge variety of historical topics for many newspapers and magazines. Assembled here are over eighty articles, all written in Walters’s customary lively and accessible style. Designed to be dipped into on the train, in bed – or even in the bath – this collection includes a vast range of heroes and villains from history.

Featured here are Nazis such as Adolf Eichmann, Heinrich Himmler, and Josef Mengele; spies such as Donald Maclean, Robert Bruce Lockhart, and Markus Wolf; and those Walters regards as fakes, who include Mary Seacole and the Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.

There are plenty of other sorts of historical figures here as well. There are Olympians such as Jesse Owens; British heroes in the form of Lawrence of Arabia and Sir Francis Drake; and even a few Shaolin monks, some daredevil balloonists, and a handful of brave monkeys.

Walters also examines famous events including the Great Escape, the Katyn murders, the killings by Anders Breivik, the sinking of the Belgrano during the Falklands War, and the German Occupation of the Channel Islands during World War Two.

Ranging from Viking marauders in southern Britain to the death camps of today’s North Korea, Walters covers an extraordinary range of time and place. There is truly something for everyone in this entertaining and informative collection.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1870 KB
  • Print Length: 594 pages
  • Publisher: Lockhart Armstrong (1 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EXPB7HI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Guy Walters is the author and editor of nine books, which include four wartime thrillers, the critically acclaimed Berlin Games and his latest work, Hunting Evil. With James Owen he co-edited The Voice of War, an anthology of Second World War memoirs. Shortlisted for the 2006 William Hill Sports Book of the Year and the NASSS's 2007 Outstanding Book award, Guy has been an author since he left The Times of London, where he was a feature writer and a commissioning editor.
His books have been translated into several languages, and Hunting Evil has been and will be released in the UK, the USA, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Holland, France, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Poland and Romania.
Guy writes for a handful of UK newspapers and magazines, and is a frequent contributor to the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2. He regularly gives talks to societies up and down the country. When he finds the time, Guy is currently working on his PhD at Newcastle University under the supervision of Professor Tim Kirk.
His wife, Annabel Venning, is also an author, and they live in Wiltshire in the southwest of England with their two children, William, 7, and Alice, 5. In his spare time, he is a keen player of croquet and pétanque. Further biographical information (most of it correct) can be found on the wikipedia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this if your prefer myths. 19 Sept. 2013
By Val
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Guy Walters is a historian with a special interest in the Second World War and this is a collection of newspaper and magazine articles written by him over the past ten years.
The articles are necessarily short and bitty, but well-written and packed with information, and you can dip in and out of it at any time. Walters always goes behind the headlines to bring us unsung heroes and heroines, untold stories, fakers and spies, interesting facts. Along the way he explodes a few popular historical myths and exposes the clay feet on more than one "great man/woman". If you find this disturbing and annoying, don't read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener! 14 Oct. 2013
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A collection of quirky and anecdotal historical off cuts! I was a bit put off by the whole "Daily Mail" thing at first but Guy Walters clearly has so much passion for his subject that it doesn't affect your enjoyment of the book. Totally recommended (if you are a history nerd - which I am!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the classroom 15 May 2015
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Spot on, clear and concise, ideal for the classroom as well
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative 23 Oct. 2013
By Loulou
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I really enjoyed this book. A collection of articles about various war stories, which were interesting and enlightening. Well worth a read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The GIs Who Raped France? 1 Sept. 2014
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Having previously read Hunting Evil, I was shocked that unsubstantiated claims, rumors, opinion and conjecture were presented as undisputed facts in this new collection of articles by Guy Walters
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