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We Were No Heroes [Paperback]

David Childs
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Grange BS (28 Oct 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956397204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956397201
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Childs, Emeritus Professor of German Politics at Nottingham University, published his latest book a few weeks ago to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

We Were No Heroes, is fact-based, and tells the story of a British teenager, Martin Thomas, interned in Nazi Germany, who is influenced by John Amery, the pro-Hitler son of Churchill Cabinet Minister Leo Amery, to join the Waffen-SS to fight against Stalin's Russia. Taken prisoner in 1945, he is saved from a Soviet POW/labour camp, by a Jewish doctor and her father to work for the Soviet version of a Free Germany. Thomas is sent to the Soviet zone of Germany to join the People's Police. This eventually leads to a career as an intelligence officer in the notorious Stasi. Posing as a journalist, he is sent on various missions to London, Bonn, Vienna and, eventually, in 1989, California.

Although this fact-based book can be read just as an adventure, it is suitable for adults interested in World War II, Cold War espionage, the life and loves of a spy, 'it is a book of reconciliation about the human condition.'

Peter Johnson, former Reuter's Chief Correspondent in Bonn, Berlin and the BBC's man in Moscow, "a fascinating story."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is a gripping read from start to finish. You really begin to wonder how one man can pack in such a lot in one life!
It is a great incite on Conservative politicians in the 'Christine Keeler' era as well the mentality of the Stasi in post-War East Germany.

As you read you keep thinking to yourself "what on earth will happen next??" You also think, "who will he be sleeping with next?" For whilst the politics in fascinating, the tales Martin Thomas's sexual conquests are even more beguiling. Then there is always the intriguing question, what happened to these women later on? Did he ever meet them again? I have always been fascinated by this question since reading Orwell's 'Keep the Aspidistra Flying."

A brilliant book and a great read from end to end. A must buy for all interested in modern European history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We were no heroes 2 Feb 2010
By Orbmc
This is a cracking novel, set just before World War 2, about a young English teenage boy and his journey from a German internment camp to joining the SS and being captured by the Russians and then working as an East German (Stasi) agent working across Europe and US. It questions the choices we make in life and how they affect our lives. A very compelling read. Should be turned into a movie or at the very least a TV drama! fingers crossed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We were no heroes 24 Oct 2010
By deezee
"We were no heroes" really does work at various levels. The story of one man's survival against a backdrop of 50 years of European hot and cold war unfolds as a dramatic and entertaining page-turner - all the more enigmatic as the reader is never sure how much of "one thing leads to another" is amazing fact or plausible fiction. How Martin Thomas adapts to cultural and political identity challenges elevates the book to more than just a well crafted spy-yarn. Finally, the powerful credentials of the writer as a leading academic expert on 20th century German and particularly East German History & Politics shines through in the acute observations of Martin Thomas's ever changing environment. An all round excellent book.
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