Could the Second World War have been
avoided?! ~ The Munich Agreement
The historical thriller Munich based on the
Munich Agreement was signed by the Great
Powers England, France, Italy and Germany.
It is very well shown in the book that the
Czechs were excluded from the
negotiations, although the contract was
about their state: a humiliation.
What I like very much is when the two
special trains of Germany and Italy arrive
at Kufstein, Austria. The scenes on the train
during the journey as well as the meeting
afterwards at the station is described
brilliantly as you can already feel the
tension and nervous atmosphere increasing
gradually among the different parties.
If I had had such a great book to read once
at school I would have been thankful.
I could not imagine a better historical
knowledge basis for an entertaining
With the brilliant presentation of the
political problems during the time of the
Third Reich Robert Harris wants to
emphasize that Hitler wanted a war by all
means. To be exact, he wanted a war of
The policy of appeasement intended by
Chamberlain, who wanted peace in any
case was highly esteemed by his people.
Furthermore the Author does a great job
in describing how phisically exhausting
the challenging duties of a politician are.
Moreover we can learn how different
persons rely on each other when they
have to work out difficult political tasks.
The author shows how essential efforts
of a translator and interpretor are. The
politicians depend on these people because
if they do not translate properly there can
be misunderstandings which lead to
possible awful results.
The do-gooders of the plot are Prime
Minister Chamberlain as well as his
private secretary Legat who works for
the Department of Foreign Affairs.
In all respects the book has an excellent
arc of suspense and presents informative
background information about historical
coherence regarding the reasons that lead
to the Second World War. For that reason
it is a smart and enriching reading