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I was gutted that, during a house move, I lost the first signed copy I bought of this book. I was so happy to find it still available from the author through Amazon - it's a fantastic book and I'm so pleased it's back in my book case.

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Good read, clear and concise. Have also met the author in his other work. To be recommended

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John Martin has done a wonderful job researching and presenting the information. Very readable account of a little-known but important event

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EXCELLENT STORY. TOLD FROM BOTH SIDES

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Super read, especially if you intend to take the tour yourself. Easy prose, obviously well researched

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The well-researched and well-told story of Jan Kubis and Jozef Gabcik, the Czech heroes who carried out the the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, one of the designers of the Nazi Final Solution. Martin has devoted time and effort in doing justice to the memory of Kubis and Gabcik through numerous visits to Prague, re-tracing the assassins steps and relating first-person interviews with some survivors from the time. A quick and enlightening read, The Mirror Caught the Sun: Operation Anthropoid 1942 tells a lesser-known but inspiring tale of wartime bravery. An excellent companion to the 2016 film Anthropoid.

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I've read just about every work published about Reinhard Heydrich, both good and bad and this is the most readable book I've come in contact with. Mr. Martin, while not a formally trained biographer or academic provides detailed narrative about an event that most young people have absolutely no idea about. That's one of the things that makes this book so wonderful. It is heartfelt but completely accurate in it's details. Mr. Martin has logged thousands of miles and hours tracking down witnesses, actual operation sites (some of which are in danger of disappearing as Europe changes)and aging and sometimes reclusive family members of the participants involved in Operation Anthropoid. He is able to do this because he isn't a dry and sterile academic interested only in publishing for the sake of academia. He wants people to know about this historical event because it is so important and unfortunately in danger of being overlooked. One reviewer points out that Mr. Martin isn't a historian, he's a comedian like that completely disqualifies him from being a credible researcher or writer. I felt this isn't the case. Far from it. In fact, it seems to contribute to the laid back manner which the author relates the information to the reader. His book is very easy to read and I tore through it as soon as I got it. I found his storytelling so credible and often time poignant that I went to his website and eventually signed up for his guided tour through Prague and the sites associated with Operation Anthropoid. No book by Dederichs or any other academic made me want to do that. So I say good for "amateurs" like John Martin who can inspire interest in history.He taught me more on this subject than any professor I had in college.

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l wanted to read the book after watching the film operation daybreak. l wanted to find out more about the plot. an excellent read written in an easy manner to be understood by all.interesting photos. another good point is the information concerning the city of Prague.my friend is now reading the book im sure it will be passed round, money well spent.

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"I came across this fine book very much by accident having come to a thread on "Axis History Forum", when I found it on Amazon a copy was bought the same night and received signed from the author within three days. John (the author) is an extremely helpful and decent sort, my thanks to him for posting a second copy to a friend in Australia. The book itself is excellent value foe money, standard of production / printing is excellent.

The account is very much the authors own voyage of discovery and his hunger for the facts, his respect for men who were parachuted into the "Protectorate" is quite rightly evident in all aspects of the writing. The author has spoken to a great many people regarding the operation , many of them speaking for the first time amongst them Heydrich's surviving son who must I feel be respected for his contribution in what for him must have been a difficult yet perhaps necessary reflection on his father as he knew him. Heydrich was a complex individual driven by his sense of loyality and duty to the party and its war aims yet behind this role he was also a father, a husband and a man of some courage yet in balance to this he was vain arrogant , a bully when need be , a man who could sense how to impose himself on and control those around him to get what he wanted done.

JM has also drawn from, the family of the men who died the "Anthropoid" agents and those who knew and remembered them from their training in England - this has produced an extremely human approach in telling his story I think it fair to say John has done justice to all. The writing style is at times passionate and it is evident that telling this story is important to the author and speaking from a readers point of view this makes it all the more enjoyable and informative, you certainly get the feeling that the author wants you to known and understand what took place and the very human cost. The book is extremely well illustrated both with period photographs and photos taken in Prague showing the vital locations as they are today, this again is a major strength in the book. A good read and a fine tribute to a group of outstanding individuals."

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"The book The Mirror Caught The Sun if you are interested in the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, the detail in names , places, etc will turn your interest into fascination because of time and passion spent on this book. I am going on the tour John does visiting all the places of events, cant wait!"

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