The balance of history – as we know it – hinged on one clarion call. It was September 1938 and high-ranking German military leaders hovered about the phone, waiting for word that would catapult them to end the tyrannical Nazi regime terrorizing Germany for five years. Every element of the coup was covered. Access roads to Berlin would be blocked, the city surrounded. Communication centers seized. A commando squad––sixty handpicked men–– was ready to storm the Chancellery and capture Hitler. The only open question: to try Hitler as a criminal or assassinate him on the spot? Their green light would come the moment Hitler ordered troops to cross into Czechoslovakia.
Sins of the Fathers––the sequel to Wolf about Hitler’s rise to power – tells the dramatic story of the Prime Minster who put his trust in Hitler’s word. In so doing, he saved the Führer’s life and paved the road to World War II.
Evil Triumphs when good men do nothing. Echoes of that chilling adage resonate like a drum beat through the pages of this book. Based on real events, documents and letters, Herb Stern and Alan Winter have written a riveting novel, set against the backdrop of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power, the pageantry of the 1936 Olympics, the terror of Kristallnacht, and bring a little known story of resistance to vivid life. Taut, tense and ultimately tragic, “Sins Of The Fathers” shows us what true bravery and valor look like.
Bill Whitaker, Correspondent CBS 60 Minutes
“This one poses a fascinating question --- could World War II have been avoided? The answer is going to shock you. Sins of the Fathers is a masterful blend of fact and fiction and will have you thinking about it long after the last page is read."
I learned history from Barbara Tuchman, felt seat-of-the-pants tension with Robert Ludlum, however, neither one took me to that place of epiphany where an unexpected tear falls from the eye, yet Herb Stern and Alan Winter do all three with an explosive ending as gut-wrenching as it is shocking. If this were a boxing match, It's the punch you didn't see coming.