The Spies of Warsaw

The Spies of Warsaw

Book - 2008
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A French aristocrat working as a military attache at the French embassy in Warsaw in 1937 tries to gather information for Poland and France, wondering what move Germany will make next. Romantic sparks fly between the French aristocrat's cousin and a Franco-Polish woman who works as a lawyer for The League of Nations, all against the backdrop of Hitler's gathering war.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400066025
Branch Call Number: F FUR
Characteristics: 266 p. : map ; 25 cm


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Jan 07, 2020

True to good historical spy fiction, the history you know doesn’t spoil the history you don’t. Jean-François Mercier is the French military attaché in Warsaw who (like his former camarade, Charles de Gaulle) knew Germany was planning to invade with tanks, and was curious, seductive and calculating enough to find out where and prove it. Poland 1937-38 is so elegant and apprehensive you can feel it.

Aug 12, 2019

A good look into the pre-war preparations in France, Poland, Germany and other European countries and the ignorance of the West. There are some lesser known historical events in the book, like the war between Poland and Russia in 1921, or spy scandal in the 30-s in Germany and Poland. The book includes the usual romace-spy mixture but entertainingly informative.

Jan 18, 2015

I have yet to read the book, but the DVD is excellent. A great cast headed by the talented David Tennant, a great script, tense, edge-of-the-seat action, and a compelling story.

miketkach Oct 28, 2013

This title was returned but the system was down so it should be processed.

bkilfoy Mar 28, 2013

This novel was a bit of a mixed bag. Furst is brilliant at evoking late 1930s Warsaw, and Europe more generally. He deftly crafts small scenes between characters that are tiny illuminations into these individuals and to the subtleties that made up the spy game in the late 1930s. But in terms of an overarching plot, the novel didn't always hold together. This wasn't necessarily a bad thing as Mercier was an interesting character to follow but on occasions I wasn't quite sure where the novel was going. And then I found myself anxious towards the end of the novel because the resolution of one of the larger conflicts had not felt like a real resolution, leaving me to await the other shoe which never arrived. Not bad if you enjoy pre-war spy novels, but there are more satisfying spy novels out there.

Jan 21, 2012

Good book on the tensions in Poland - and the dance of avoidance in France - just before the second World War. Builds gradually until you don't want to put it down.


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