Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/01/2013
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Absolutely fantastic!
I've found that I can gush a bit too much about this book, and therefore end up putting people off. So I'm going to be as restrained as possible in this re... READ MORE
Nicole Burstein at Piccadilly
Let’s talk about Czechs, baby
Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich, they used to quip in SS headquarters: Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich. He was the Nazi who actually looked like a Nazi. B... READ MORE
Henry Coningsby paperback reviews
Can add very little to the excellent reviews above except to say I think this would make an excellent bookgroup choice. Everyone (I think) will be agreed i... READ MORE
Thomas Whines
In simple terms this is the best WW2 fiction title you'll ever read. On a higher level it is unique in its style. No other author has so accurately detaile... READ MORE
Dave George at Chelmsford High Street


THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid, Prague, 1942: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services, 'the hangman of Prague', 'the blond beast', 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich'. His boss is Heinrich Himmler but everyone in the SS says 'Himmler's brain is called Heydrich', which in German spells HHhH. HHhH is a panorama of the Third Reich told through the life of one outstandingly brutal man, a story of unbearable heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. It is a moving and shattering work of fiction.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099555643
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 234g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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I dig it
I read a bit about Binet and his style before reading this so I wasn't expecting straight forward historical fiction here, I like the style and the narrat... READ MORE
Joe Kingface
Ground-breaking, thought-provoking, brilliant!
..'HHhH' is one of those books that is so brilliant, it almost makes writing a review of it a bit pointless. Perhaps 'HHhH is brilliant in every way' is re... READ MORE
Good easy read, compelling fact based story.
Easy to read, very different from anything i've read before, as for the style, i guess i'd try to describe it as the story of a film screenplay (eg. includ... READ MORE
Distracted and self absorbed, not for me.
I was looking forward to read this book as the subject and write ups were very good... Well, they turned out to be, in my own humble opinion, too good to ... READ MORE
H Figueroa
Badly researched rubbish.
I was drawn to this boook by the subject matter, I like historical novels, and the idea of the author describing his writing of the book inside the novel i... READ MORE
Absorbing insight
For anyone with an interest in the history of WW2 this is a must-read. Laurent Binet personal crusade to tell the remarkable story of this heroic action fi... READ MORE
History hound
Extraordinary story told with extraordinary style and spirit. Binet covers much from 13th Czech history to modern film and literature in telling the histor... READ MORE
William Lawrence
Fascinating, yet compelling.
This is a genuinely intriguing read. It's both informative and entertaining, which is somewhat disturbing given the outcome for many of the central player... READ MORE
Nocturnal bibliophile
Now this was a book I did not know how to take. My dad lent it to me after I watched the film The Man with the Iron Heart which tells of Heydrich's assass... READ MORE
The Hangman of Prague
Reinhard Heydrich..."the most dangerous man in the Third Reich, the Hangman of Prague, the Butcher, the Blond Beast, the Goat"....has an unenviable reputat... READ MORE
HHhHell yes
I don't actually have enough words to describe how much I loved this book or how absolutely genius it is. Almost entirely factual, not really fiction at al... READ MORE
Becky, Waterstones Gloucester