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Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1899-1945
     

Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1899-1945

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by Len Deighton
 
 In this gripping prelude to the Game, Set, Match trilogy, spies aren't born--they're made. Winter tells the tale of a Berlin family divided. Two brothers, Peter and Paul Winter, came of age during the Great War; then as Hitler's power spreads through Germany threatening a new era of violence, the brothers are driven apart by differing

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 In this gripping prelude to the Game, Set, Match trilogy, spies aren't born--they're made. Winter tells the tale of a Berlin family divided. Two brothers, Peter and Paul Winter, came of age during the Great War; then as Hitler's power spreads through Germany threatening a new era of violence, the brothers are driven apart by differing morals and ambitions. Meticulously researched, this allegory of a nation at odds with itself paints a brilliant portrait of the German zeitgeist during those turbulent years, and provides a powerful depiction of the rise of the Third Reich.

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Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
The most remarkable thing about ''Winter'' is that one can read it all the way through, lay it down and realize one has read the history of a top Nazi figure with engagement and sympathy, or at the very least without being nauseated and repelled....If one tries to imagine ex nihilo a historical novel describing Germany in the 20th century, the prospect seems almost absurd. Yet Mr. Deighton's ''Winter'' is anything but absurd. That it works at all - that one reads it with any degree of credulity and then stops to reflect that, yes, there could have been a character like Pauli - is something of a miracle....One mustn't mind the occasionally wooden talk and the sense one gets that history is slipping by beyond one's reach. It's a treacherously windy chasm across which Mr. Deighton has strung his narrative tightrope. One is amazed that, for all his stumbling, he never falls off. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402795008
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
624
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.90(d)

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Winter: The Tragic Story of a Berlin Family 1899-1945 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prequel to the Game, Set, Match trilogy. It is a little too long which makes it surprising that the ending is too abrupt. But it is fun to get to meet many of the peripheral characters that Bernard Samson interacts with in those stories. And Deighton knows his history, so the story feels more real than most fiction.