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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (5 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751532207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751532203
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.1 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is much which is new in this well-written and absorbing study of one of the most fascinating missions in modern history. (IRISH INDEPENDENT)

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* Explosively revelatory account of the true purpose of Rudolf Hess's doomed flight to Britain in 1941 and its consequences for the 20th century.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TempestS on 2 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
Regardless if you believe the conspiracy theory, this book makes a great read. Well written, and well researched. It gives an interesting snapshot of Britain, and the politics of the time. Even if you do not believe the conspiracy you'll be fascinated that theres almost more evidence to prove the double theory than there to disprove it. Also the extraordinary measures over decades that have been take to interfere and destroy evidence that would help to prove it eitherway. Certainly the intrigue and involvement that went to the highest levels is staggering. Also the duplicity of Churchill is eye opening. Its not beyond possibility that the remains could be dna tested today to confirm it. Tests that weren't available in the past.

So if you believe or not, you'll still enjoy this book. It starts of kinda slow but it slowly drags you in. As one of the other reviews said. Its a book you can dip in and out off. Its a slow burner rather than a ripping read that you read in one sitting. Thats not a critisim, sometimes thats the kind of book you want.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Nov 2001
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This carefully researched academic tome doubles as a compelling whodunnit. It is the latest and best of a series of works investigating five mysteries: why did Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, make a clandestine flight to Scotland in 1941? How did King George VI's brother, the Duke of York, meet with a fatal air accident? Was the real Hess murdered on Churchill's orders? If so, who was the double who stood trial at Nuremburg and became the lone prisoner at Spandau until his death in 1987? Did the "doppelganger" Hess really die of natural causes?
The authors suggest that Hess's flight was far from the spur-of-the-moment decision of a deranged man and that Hess brought a blueprint for peace approved by Hitler and the highest figures in the British Establishment but not Prime Minister Churchill who scuppered any chance of an armistice. They link the mysterious death of the King's brother to the demise of the real Hess. But then who was the "Hess" sentenced to life imprisonment for War Crimes when the British wanted him hanged? Who was the 93 year old who died in Spandau Castle? Was this sad old relic really killed by British agents and why? Would it really embarrass Britain's favourite granny, the Queen Mother, to be associated with a movement for peace? Did the Israelis really connive at bumping off an ancient prisoner, lest he become a focus of Hitler worship?
After reading this fascinating book, as an Englishman, I shall never be able to view Winston Churchill, the Royal Family , or my country's government in the same light again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vavavoom on 10 May 2009
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Prior to reading this book, I had been aware of the Rudolf Hess flight but had deemed it no more than a curious and inconsequential episode in the larger drama of the Second World War. After reading this book, I am now convinced that it was one of the definitive moments in British, European, even world history.

The story of Britain's, and Europe's, decline from global supremacy to become scarcely more than thralls of the United States is familiar to us all. And most of us regard it as having been inevitable. This book makes it clear that another historical path was possible, one that was frustrated by the brute obstinacy and sheer blindness of Winston Churchill.

In the Second World War, Britain lost everything it had in return for precisely nothing. All of our efforts were in vain and failed to affect the outcome of the war in any significant way. This book explores the alternative possibilities, those which are now casually libelled and dismissed under the name of "appeasement."

Although this book advances bold, alternative points of view, don't doubt the quality of the research that lies behind it. These conspiracy theories aren't plucked out of the air, but based on intensive reading and investigation.

I was put on to this book by the authors' other work, Friendly Fire, which explores similar terrain and which I would also recommend. These two books have sparked a profound re-evaluation of my thinking about the Second World War and its aftermath, and have led me to do follow-up research in some of the references cited : books like Nigel Knight's "Churchill - the Greatest Briton Unmasked" and the works of John Charmley, which I recommend to any Briton who wants to cut through the sentimental mythology and arrive at a real understanding of their country's history.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sauniere on 4 April 2007
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This book is a fascinating look at the flight of Rudolf hess in 1941 and also takes a fresh look at world war two.

The book argues that much of the british establishment wanted to make peace with germany and that hess was lured to britain by a group of establishment figures hoping to negotiate some kind of treaty.

When hess arrived in britain however he was instead arrested and kept as a prisoner.

Picknett and Prince argue that the real hess died during world war two, and that a hess double was tried at nuremburg and served a life sentence at spadau, before possibly being murdered in 1987.

Its eye opening to see how many right wing establishment figures favoured a peace with hitler.

This book is very well researched and well written and has many interesting theories, even if you don't entirely buy picknett and Pirnce's conspiracy theories, its still an interesting read.
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