The Lone Assassin

The Lone Assassin

The Epic True Story of the Man Who Almost Killed Hitler

Book - 2012
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Living as a carpenter who had spent time working in a watch factory, Georg Elser was just an ordinary member of society living in Munich. That is, however, until he took it upon himself to attempt to assassinate the F#65533;hrer, Adolph Hitler. Being a common man who opposed the Nazi regime, Elser took his skills that he had learned, and worked to assemble his own bomb detonator. Every night, he would head to the Munich Beer Hall, where he would work on assembling the bomb that he planned to kill Hitler with, in a hollowed out space near the speaker's podium.

The bomb went off successfully, killing eight people. Hitler was not one of them. This is the story, scene by scene, of the events that led up to Georg Elser taking justice into his own hands, his attempt to murder the F#65533;hrer, and what happened after the bomb went off. The Lone Assassin is a powerfully gripping tale that places you in 1939, as you follow Elser from the Munich Beer Hall, across the border, and sadly, to the concentration camp, where his heroic life ended.

Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9781616083830
Branch Call Number: 943.086 ORT
Characteristics: vii, 183 p. ; 24 cm.


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Aug 29, 2012

This book is chilling!

I didn't know much more than the title going in, but I was intrigued. Just translated for the first time ever into English, this book tells a unique story in the history of the Nazi Party.

Here is Georg Elser, a quiet, introspective, almost apolitical citizen of Nazi Germany from its start to almost its end. With barely a grade school education this man saw the Nazi reich for what it was, through the propoganda and determined how poorly German citizens had fared under their rule. In an effort to remedy this intolerable system. he takes action. Meticulously planning, building and finally detonating an explosive device in an attempt to wipe out the top leaders of the Nazi government in hopes that a less radical group would take over and finally fulfill some of the promises made to the German people.

He is not a 'hero'. He sought no personal glory. He championed no particular cause. Simply a man who determined to do what he believed necessary. On November 8th 1939 he took a step that history tells us would have changed the course of world events in inconceivable ways. To eliminate Hitler almost at the start of his rise, along with other Nazi leaders and save the world from six years and millions of lives extinguished, erasing the horrors of the Holocaust and the terrible events that transpired during WWII.

Now much like the man himself, the book sneaks up on you. I was tempted to not finish or at least skim some of the background information to get to the 'good stuff'. Boy am I glad I didn't!

I learned just how truly this man is a common man who acted on his conscience and almost was lost in the horrible morass of Nazi history. It touched my heart, mind and made me somewhat introspective about what I might have done in similar circumstances. I doubt I would have been as brave and directed to even think of doing what Georg Elser did.

I'm truly grateful that this unknown man, Georg Elser is finally getting his due as what he was, a true 'hero'.


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