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The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz - Costa Book of the Year 2019 Paperback – 4 Feb 2020

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Totally gripping … A fascinating, revelatory and surreal WWII story of almost incredible courage and unspeakable horror – how a Polish resistance fighter helped reveal the secret of the final solution from inside Auschwitz (Simon Sebag Montefiore)

A remarkable book. Fairweather’s account is often harrowing; but it is an important account of the suffering and tragedy in Nazi death camps, told using many previously unpublished sources - and from a new perspective. (Peter Frankopan)

Well-researched, well-written and searingly memorable, Jack Fairweather’s book reminds us of the capacity for nobility in the human soul in times of unimaginable peril (Andrew Roberts, bestselling author of ‘Churchill: Walking with Destiny’)

Few books have enthralled, incensed and haunted me as “The Volunteer” has done. There were times I felt compelled to set it aside. There were others when hours of reading passed in what felt like moments … This is a story that has long deserved a robust, faithful telling, and he has delivered it (Wall Street Journal)

An extraordinary story (The Times)

Superbly written and breathtakingly researched … a story of incalculable value delivered in the most compelling prose I have read in a long time (Sebastian Junger, #1 New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist)

What distinguishes The Volunteer is Fairweather’s meticulous attention to accuracy … if it sometimes seems as though there is nothing left to uncover about the Holocaust, Fairweather’s gripping book proves otherwise (The Spectator)

Combines the verve of a thriller with the detailed evidence of the sober, hideous truth (Anne de Courcy The Telegraph)

A searing account … a fitting memorial to one of Poland’s greatest war heroes and a shaming indictment of the western allies’ failure to act (Sunday Times)

A forceful narrative with unstoppable reading momentum, Fairweather has created an insightful biography of a covert war hero and an extraordinary contribution to the history of the Holocaust. (Starred booklist review)

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The first account of one of the greatest heroes of WWII, and a gripping story of defiance, rebellion, sabotage and escape from a Nazi death camp

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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique perspective of the Second World War.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 July 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring and important story
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended must read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very well researched and enjoyable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True account of a Polish resus
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing account of one man's mission to expose the realities of Auswitz
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 August 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars A humbling and reflective read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible story of an incredible Polish Resistance fighter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A detailed account of an attempt to provide evidence of the atrocities occuring in Auschwitz.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addresses the fact Polish agents sent information in the early years before the final solution
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving book
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