The Nazi conspiracy The secret plot to kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill

Brad Meltzer

Book - 2023

"From the New York Times bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy, The Nazi Conspiracy tells the little-known true story of a Nazi plot to kill FDR, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill at the height of the second World War. In 1943, as the war against Nazi Germany raged abroad, President Franklin Roosevelt wanted one thing: a face-to-face meeting with his allies Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. This meeting of the Big Three in Tehran, Iran, would decide some of the most crucial strategic details of the war. Yet when the Nazis found out about the meeting, their own secret plan took shape--an assassination plot that would've changed history. A true story filled with daring rescues, body doubles, an...d political intrigue, The Nazi Conspiracy details FDR's pivotal meeting in Tehran, and the deadly Nazi plot against the heads of state of the three major Allied powers who attended it. With all the hallmarks of a Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch page-turner, The Nazi Conspiracy examines the great political minds of the 20th century, exploring the early years of the war in gripping detail. This meeting of The Big Three changed the course of World War II. Here's the inside story of how it all almost went terribly wrong"--

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New York : Flatiron Books 2023.
Main Author
Brad Meltzer (author)
Other Authors
Josh Mensch (author)
First U.S. edition
Item Description
Maps on end pages.
Physical Description
390 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-379) and index.
  • A Note on the Text
  • Prologue
  • Part I. Commander in Chief
  • Part II. Storm and Ruin
  • Part III. Uncle Joe
  • Part IV. Eureka
  • Part V. Aftermath
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
Review by Booklist Review

Meltzer, a bestselling novelist and author of history-based nonfiction, reunites with his frequent coauthor (and documentary filmmaker) Mensch for this thrilling account of a WWII German plan that, if it had succeeded--and if it really existed at all--could have changed the course of history in a massive way. In 1943, with the war turning against Germany, Adolf Hitler green-lighted a plot to assassinate all three of the Allied leaders (Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt) at a scheduled conference in Tehran. The elaborate plot was eventually discovered and foiled, and the story of how that happened is the kind of thing that would make a terrific historical thriller. Except it's all true--or is it? There is some skepticism about Operation Long Jump. The man who was supposedly the leader of the mission, Otto Skorzeny, denied the operation was ever launched, and there is evidence that the whole thing was a Russian fabrication (it was the Russians who informed the U.S. and England about the plot). The authors, however, address the naysayers' arguments and make a compelling case that Long Jump was real. A fascinating and potentially controversial book.

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Meltzer and Mensch follow up The Lincoln Conspiracy with an action-packed account of the German plan to assassinate the leaders of the U.S., Britain, and the Soviet Union in Tehran in 1943. The story begins after the plot has been discovered, with Franklin Roosevelt hunkered down in the back of a nondescript car on his way to the Soviet embassy while his body double rides through the city's streets in a presidential motorcade. From there, the authors flash backward, recounting the attack on Pearl Harbor; Allied assassinations of enemy leaders, including Japanese admiral Isoroku Yamamoto; and the infiltration of Iran by German spies including Franz Mayr, a sleeper agent who kept his affiliation with Nazi intelligence secret despite not getting any communications from his superiors for almost two years. Though Mayr was arrested by British intelligence, the German paratroopers he helped infiltrate into Iran remained, and when a Turkish valet assigned to the British ambassador to Iran leaked information about the top-secret summit, Nazi officials hatched a plan to use the commandos to assassinate the "Big Three"--or so Soviet intelligence officials claimed. Meltzer and Mensch acknowledge doubts about the plot's actual existence yet convincingly argue that it was real, and provide necessary historical context while setting a brisk, thriller-like pace. WWII buffs will be enthralled. (Jan.)

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

The Tehran Conference was a pivotal event of World War II, but there was danger lurking in the shadows. This is a strange--and strangely entertaining--book. Meltzer and Mensch, whose careers have included TV documentaries, nonfiction, thrillers, and comic books, acknowledge that the events they recount may not have happened, and they have obviously filled in some blank spaces with reasonable speculation. The authors focus on a possible plot by the Nazis to assassinate Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin--the "Big Three," as they were called by the media of the time--when they met for a crucial conference in Tehran in 1943 to plan strategy. Several chapters of the book deal with the problems of setting up the conference, especially Stalin's insistence that it must be held in Tehran. The Nazis, who had a network of spies and sympathizers in the city as well as tapped communications line between Roosevelt and Churchill, were aware that the conference was going to happen and saw an opportunity to reshape the global order. There was a plan to send a squad of commandos into the Soviet Embassy, where the meetings were being held, through underground tunnels. But the NKVD, one of the Soviet intelligence agencies, discovered the plot and intercepted the group before they could do any damage. Much of this territory has already been covered, but Meltzer and Mensch dig up some new material. They admit that several researchers, pointing to contradictions in various firsthand accounts and a lack of documentation, have described the "plot" as a Soviet hoax. However, after sifting through the evidence, the authors conclude that there probably was a plot. As in the authors' previous two co-authored books, The First Conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy, the narrative sometimes wanders away from the main story, but it makes for interesting reading. A colorful trek through a labyrinth of twists and turns that could have changed history. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.