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RUDOLF HESS THE UNINVITED ENVOY Paperback – 1961


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: ALLEN AND UNWIN (1961)
  • ASIN: B000S520WS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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James Leasor was one of the bestselling British authors of the second half of the 20th Century. He wrote over 50 books including a rich variety of thrillers, historical novels and biographies.

His works included the critically acclaimed The Red Fort, the story of the Indian Mutiny of 1957, The Marine from Mandalay, Boarding Party (made into the film The Sea Wolves starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Roger Moore), The Plague and the Fire, and The One that Got Away (made into a film starring Hardy Kruger). He also wrote Passport to Oblivion (which sold over 4 million copies around the World and was filmed as Where the Spies Are, starring David Niven), the first of nine novels featuring Dr Jason Love, a Somerset GP called to aid Her Majesty's Secret Service in foreign countries, and another bestselling series about the Far Eastern merchant Robert Gunn in the 19th century. There were also sagas set in Africa and Asia, written under the pseudonym Andrew MacAllan, and tales narrated by an unnamed vintage car dealer in Belgravia.

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By gareth hale on 13 Jan. 2013
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Interesting, accurate and objective. The history of Hess is of particular relevance to Welsh people because he was detained in a Welsh hospital for much of the time.
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Excellent! 20 Jan. 2013
By SocraticMethod - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this monograph excellent and fascinating.

I believe and hope that the extent of detail of each scene reflects, not the author's colorful imagination, but the extent of his research and many interviews, as each scene described in the book seems very three-dimensional, as if I was watching a film of each event.

The author's analysis of Hess' history, personality, motives and behavior is also very interesting.
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informmative 3 Mar. 2013
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I found this book to be very informative. It had a lot of events that I did know that happened. I would recommend it to anyone who interested in WWll individuals.
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Puppet on a String 21 Sept. 2012
By Whackercarthy - Published on Amazon.com
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Old loopy Rudy died well into 90.s in Spandau.
I had a friend who was a guard at Spandau for a while. He said that Rudy was the only one of the war criminal prisoners that he actually disliked.
Obviously, Hess was as daft as a brush and feigned madness when the situation suited him, but did have his moments of lucidity.Like Hamlet, I suppose the feigning of madness is proof of madness itself.
My impression, from all that I have read about Hess: that the person in Spandau was a double and was murdered etc etc is a load of malarky.
One of Hess's lucid moments was his understanding that Hitler didn't have a pups chance of winning the war once the US and the Russians got their act together.
Although written some time ago, Leasor's account of things is probably the most accurate.
Every different book that one reads on a particular subject reveals some new piece of the jigsaw puzzle.
One of the pieces that Leasor's book suggests is that Hitler, the world class one-on-one puppet master, knew that Hess was going to the UK to try to do a deal with the British government, in an effort to get Britain to cease hostilities and give Adolf a free hand against Uncle Joe.
Hitler used Hess in their early years together to get a leg-up in German society and discarded him when he was of no further use. Hess was well educated and had a comfortable family background. He was brought - up in Alexandria, Egypt where his farther ran a lucrative exporting business.
Like a lot of expats, he had an exalted regard for his homeland, Germany. This and his WWI and post WWI experiences, further unbalanced an already fragile mental state and he was eager prey for Nazi ideals and a cynical manipulator like Hitler who disowned Hess when the mission failed and locked-up Hess's minions simply for bring him the news. More like they were locked up to keep their mouth's shut about Hess's two previous aborted efforts to fly to the UK.
This is required reading for anybody who is interested in this period of our history and wishes to get an insight into the type of personality that Hess was.
Another non-fiction winner from Leasor.
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