Feb 28, 2018
The novelist Robert Harris has made a specialty out of flash points in history: the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in ancient Rome, the cracking of the WWII Enigma code, or intrigue surrounding the Dreyfus Affair in 19th-century France. In his latest thriller, Munich, Harris turns to the infamous 1938 meeting between Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler. Spinning a tale of brooding suspense around the true story of those four days in September, Harris offers a dramatic and thought-provoking new perspective on Chamberlain’s “appeasement” of the Nazi regime. In this episode, Robert Harris talks about the strange alchemy required to turn a historical moment into page-turning thrills.