The Man with the Iron Heart

  • by Harry Turtledove
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • 20 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the real world, Reinhard Heydrich, the number-two man in the SS and an architect of the Holocaust, was assassinated in Czechoslovakia in May 1942. Eulogized by Hitler himself as "The Man with the Iron Heart", Heydrich - also known as "The Butcher" and "The Hangman" - was one of the most ruthless and calculating of the Nazi elite.In The Man with the Iron Heart, Heydrich survives that fated assassination attempt, only to hatch an insurgency as insidious as anything conceived by Osama bin Laden, designed to keep the German battlefront alive long after the supposed end to hostilities. The Allies thought the war was over, but their problems are just beginning.The Man with the Iron Heart is the gripping story of the hunt for Rienhard Heydrisch and of the effort to suppress urban guerrilla warfare 60 years before we really run into it in Iraq. Powerful and compelling, Turtledove has never been better.

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What the Critics Say

"Turtledove is the standard bearer for alternate history." (USA Today)
"Turtledove never tires of exploring the paths not taken, bringing to his storytelling a prodigious knowledge of his subject." (Library Journal)

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Iraq/Afghanistan Overlaid in post WWII Germany

I wanted to like this book more, as I I have read a lot of his other works and enjoyed them a lot. Really, I did. But unlike a lot of Turledove's books this one felt really heavy handed in the manner in which he overlaid post WW2 Germanywith contemporary events.

With the non-death of Reinhard Heydrich the Allies encounters a true opposition in post-defeat Germany. Heydrich has had 3 years to prepare for the downfall and subsequent resistance inside Germany. And to anyone who has followed the news in the past decade, every tool that Al Quada has deployed is in the arsenal of Heydrich's Werewolves. Suicide truck bombs, suicide bombers, IED's, other traps and even the kidnapping and execution of service members (caught on camera of course).

Maybe this book works for other people but I personally am exhausted from our own War against Terror that uses the same tactics, reading about them set into 1945-48 just felt like a chore.
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- Daniel O. Buchholz

Thought-provoking, but just not all there

The idea that Turtledove puts forth here of a Nazi insurrection after VE Day is a great one, and it makes you re-think many of the events in Iraq and Afghanistan...Can you feel that we should not be in Iraq when we should have been in Germany...and that is the book's strength. Its weakness is the writing, which just gets groaningly bad at times. I wish it were better, the book takes so long to get where it's going, but it just didn't make it. But I thought long and hard about the ideas here, long after I finished the book.
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- Mark S. Traub

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2008
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio