The Double

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Call it fact. Call it fiction. Call it faction, if you like. The story told in these pages is fiction based on fact. A while back, an elderly Scotsman named Philip Jacobs approached the author with this story. Philip lived in Glasgow when Rudolf Hess, Deputy Fuehrer of the Third Reich, crash-landed his plane in a field outside the city. Philip was a young reporter at the time and he swore that the story you are about to read is true in all its essentials. Tuccille has presented Philip's story as a novel, but the ...
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Call it fact. Call it fiction. Call it faction, if you like. The story told in these pages is fiction based on fact. A while back, an elderly Scotsman named Philip Jacobs approached the author with this story. Philip lived in Glasgow when Rudolf Hess, Deputy Fuehrer of the Third Reich, crash-landed his plane in a field outside the city. Philip was a young reporter at the time and he swore that the story you are about to read is true in all its essentials. Tuccille has presented Philip's story as a novel, but the only liberties taken are in dialogue that has been invented by the author. This book is dedicated to the memory of Philip Jacobs, who lived through the events portrayed in these pages.

The solo flight of deputy fuehrer Rudolph Hess into Scotland in May, 1941, was one of the more bizarre events of WW II. Was Hess acting on his own or at Hitler's behest? Tuccille (Hemingway and Gellhorn and other books) speculates that Hess has been deputized by the fuehrer, sent on a mission to convince England to cease hostilities in Europe so that Germany can concentrate its forces against the mutually despised Stalinist Russia. The proposal is presented to Winston Churchill, who, of course, has an agenda of his own. The plot draws in Scottish journalist Philip Jacobs (the author's source for the saga), who suspects the British government is concealing a great deal in the Hess affair and who comes perilously close to uncovering the full story. The book is a riveting page-turner, recommended for all audiences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781493505807
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 10/17/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Tuccille is the author of more than thirty books, including biographies of major business and literary figures. His last book, Hemingway and Gellhorn, was the subject of an HBO special in 2012, and Tuccille's book was a gold medal winner, voted best e-book biography of 2011 by independent publisher WinklerMedia Publishing Group. His previous biography, Gallo Be Thy Name (Phoenix Books, 2009), about the Gallo wine family, was selected best book of 2009 by Reason magazine, and it was named one of the best business books of 2009 by the University of California Library System. Tuccille's biography of Donald Trump (Trump, Donald I. Fine, 1985; Berkley/Penguin, 1988) was a New York Times best-seller, and his biography of the Hunts of Texas (Kingdom, Greenhill Books, 1884; Paperjacks, 1988) was a regional best-seller. The author has also written biographies of Rupert Murdoch, Alan Greenspan, Barry Diller, and others, as well as several novels.

The author is vice president/communications at T. Rowe Price, the financial services firm. He previously taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City and is a former third-party candidate for Governor of New York. He is a member of Authors Guild and American Society of Journalists and Authors.

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