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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