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Engaging and funny, but read the book first or use it as a reference
on 16 February 2014
This is a funny real world story, that most people would have believed impossible together with its characters, if it had been a fiction movie. It is important to remember, that most of the events in the series stick fairly closely to what happened, as improbably as they seem.
It describes how a naive journalist convinces the upper management of the magazine where he is working, that he can purchase Hitler's diaries, and how they hand him a briefcase of cash, and it describes a jovial forgerer of nazi memorabilia, who suddenly realizes he quite literally has a goldmine in his hands.
Around these two is a group of supporting characters including the daughter of Hermann Göring, a Texas millionaire, Rupert Murdoch and Hugh Trevor-Rooper.
The creators have quite naturally wanted to include as many of the crazy actual episodes and characters in the series as possible. However, the consequence is that many of characters are not well introduced, each of them have a background that makes their role and actions much more interesting. For that reason, it is worthwhile reading the book before seeing the series, or at least to keep the book on the side as a reference.