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The Nazi Conspiracy

The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill

by Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch

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The Nazi Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch
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    Jan 2023, 400 pages

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From the New York Times bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy and The Lincoln Conspiracy comes the little-known true story of a Nazi plot to kill FDR, Joseph Stalin, and Winston Churchill at the height of World War II.

In 1943, as the war against Nazi Germany raged abroad, President Franklin Roosevelt had a critical goal: a face-to-face sit-down with his allies Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. This first-ever 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, and 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 explores the great political minds of the twentieth century, investigating the pivotal 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 almost led to a world-shattering disaster.

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TWO YEARS EARLIER …
The Pacific Ocean
December 7, 1941

The ships have been traveling—secretly—for ten days.

Now, on this quiet Sunday morning, as the first light of dawn winks from the Pacific Ocean, the fleet prepares to change course.

There's no land in sight. Measured against the vast scale of the Pacific, this collection of warships is a tiny blip. But on a human scale, the fleet is enormous: six massive aircraft carriers, two battleships, nine destroyers, three cruisers, eight fuel tankers, and several small support ships. Below the waves are twenty-three accompanying submarines. On each carrier, the flight decks are lined with dozens of planes. In total, tens of thousands of crewmembers are aboard and mobilized.

For most of their ten-day journey, these ships have traveled eastward. Astonishingly, their movement across more than 3,500 miles of water—from a secluded bay on East Asian shores to here in the Central Pacific—has remained undetected by radar ...

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Highly recommended to anyone who is already a fan of WWII history and wants to explore a different perspective or those who want to expand their knowledge of iconic events and leaders of the 20th century (Florrie C). Would provide plenty of fuel for book club discussions. And you don't have to be a WWII fan to enjoy this book (Vicky S)...continued

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A colorful trek through a labyrinth of twists and turns that could have changed history.

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Thrilling account....A fascinating and potentially controversial book.

Publishers Weekly
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.

Author Blurb Brian Kilmeade, bestselling author of The President and the Freedom Fighter
Nazis, body-doubles and WWII like you've never seen it. Here's the assassination plot that nearly changed history! Reads like a thriller, but it's all true. One of the best books of the year. Read it now!

Author Blurb Jon Meacham, author The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
History is full of fascinating twists and near twists―and Meltzer and Mensch are masters of the tales of such moments.

Reader Reviews

Jill M.

The Nazi Conspiracy
This book had me hooked with the very first sentence: “The President is hiding.” This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the relationship between Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin and how the three finally worked together to bring ...   Read More
Melissa S. (Rowland, NC)

The Untold History Lessons
Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch's account of the possible conspiracy to assassinate the leaders of the three largest WWII allied countries is a historical work that reads, in most places, like a true crime fiction novel. I found myself engrossed ...   Read More
Lola M. (Boise, ID)

This is History ...
This is history as it should be taught in schools. Taking the dry bones of what we know happened and flushing out into full color had me all in. Reading about the humans behind the most important figures in turning a world war, with their preferences...   Read More
Florrie C. (Indianapolis, IN)

World War II with a twist
Well written and meticulously researched, The Nazi Conspiracy offers a fascinating look into a heretofore little examined story of a plot to kill Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill. As an avid reader of both thrillers and history, I feel that the ...   Read More

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Operation Long Jump

Black-and-white photograph of Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill seated in a row at the Tehran Conference The Nazi Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch centers on an alleged plot by the Germans during World War II to kill or kidnap the three major world leaders representing the Allied powers: American president Franklin D. Roosevelt, British prime minister Winston Churchill and premier of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin.

The plan, known as Operation Long Jump (Operation Rösselsprung in German) was meant to be carried out during the Tehran Conference, also known as Eureka, when the three met secretly in Iran in November of 1943 to discuss the particulars of winning the war. The meeting's location was chosen mainly for its strategic advantages. At the time, Iran was occupied by both the Soviets and Britain, and it served as a ...

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