An Officer and A Spy

An Officer and A Spy

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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"Robert Harris returns to the thrilling historical fiction he has so brilliantly made his own. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage. Paris in 1895. Alfred Dreyfus, a young Jewish officer, has just been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil's Island, and stripped of his rank in front of a baying crowd of twenty-thousand. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, the ambitious, intellectual, recently promoted head of the counterespionage agency that "proved" Dreyfus had passed secrets to the Germans. At first, Picquart firmly believes in Dreyfus's guilt. But it is not long after Dreyfus is delivered to his desolate prison that Picquart stumbles on information that leads him to suspect that there is still a spy at large in the French military. As evidence of the most malignant deceit mounts and spirals inexorably toward the uppermost levels of government, Picquart is compelled to question not only the case against Dreyfus but also his most deeply held beliefs about his country, and about himself. Bringing to life the scandal that mesmerized the world at the turn of the twentieth century, Robert Harris tells a tale of uncanny timeliness--a witch hunt, secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, the fate of a whistle-blower--richly dramatized with the singular storytelling mastery that has marked all of his internationally best-selling novels"--
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780385349598
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 429 pages)

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May 26, 2019

the Dreyfus affair.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jan 25, 2019

The notorious Dreyfus Affair!

Oct 29, 2018

A truly fascinating account of the after-effects of the decision to condemn Alfred Dreyfus to a lifetime of exile on Devil's Island. All the characters are real, as are all or most of the events. Robert Harris' portrayal of the higher-ups in the French army of the time are harrowing, to say the least, because he has, perhaps unwittingly, predicted today's events in such places as the United States: contrary to being a paragon of sense, honesty and truth, the French army's generals are determined "at all costs" to leave Dreyfus to rot on Devil's Island. We know the outcome: Dreyfus was eventually exonerated, mainly due to the untiring efforts of Col. Georges Picquart, to say nothing of Émile Zola. The anti-Semitic nature of the French society of the time is accurately drawn. Harris has done a really masterful job with this historical fiction. At first, I was unsure if I would continue with the book (I don't much like thrillers), but as I read page after page I became drawn into the story, and I'm very glad that I did! Easily a 5-star book.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jan 03, 2018

This was my first novel finished in 2018 and the rest of the books of 2018 will have a lot to live up to. I was absolutely enthralled with the characters and the fact that most of this is completely true is mind-boggling. I kept going to encyclopedias and other records when it seemed to be too cloak and dagger, only to find that Harris stuck quite closely to the facts. Tragic and captivating, I highly recommend this no matter your genre preference!

Jul 25, 2017

I was expecting this to be rather dry but Robert Harris managed to make it very interesting. I highly recommend this.

Feb 16, 2017

Good and classy historical fiction, with strong elements of espionage and courtroom drama. Harris has a knack for getting inside the heart of human emotions - and all-too-human prejudices.

Aug 09, 2016

Spies, treason, political corruption, conspiracy and 19th century courtroom drama all based around the infamous true life Dreyfus Affair in France in 1895. This is an interesting piece of history transformed into a very well told work of fiction.

Jul 25, 2016

A touching an exciting book. The most important thing I realized is that to the bigots, truth means nothing.

Jun 15, 2016

An Officer and a Spy --- by --- Robert Harris.
Slow to start but becoming more and more involving until it finally gets you to indignation and red anger, this historical novel is about the Dreyfus case, a story and a scandal that shook and tore France at the end of the nineteenth century. This is a tale of anti-Semitism, deceit, cover-up and incompetence on a massive scale that almost anticipates what would be raised to a high art form in the Soviet Union, communist China, and the Third Reich. It is the story of one man who attempts to set all this malfeasance to right but who is outfoxed and out schemed at every turn. “Officer” fleshes out what, to me at least, has simply been a dry footnote to French history.

May 22, 2016

It starts slow, almost chucked it during the first disk as a fin de ciecle fluff piece, but unfolds like a John Le Carre novel, only it is true. An amazing piece of history well told. God forbid the establishment ever have to admit it's follies.

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