Howard Blum is the author of The New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winner American Lightning as well as Wanted!, The Gold of Exodus, Gangland, The Floor of Heaven, and most recently a 2018 New York Times Notable Book, In the Enemy’s House. While at The New York Times, he was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He is the father of three children and lives in Connecticut.
Night of the Assassins: The Untold Story of Hitler’s Plot to Kill FDR, Churchill, and Stalin
It’s 1943 and the three Allied leaders — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin — are meeting for the first time at a top-secret conference in Tehran. But the Nazis have learned about the meeting and Hitler sees it as his last chance to turn the tide. Although the war is undoubtedly lost, the Germans believe that perhaps a new set of Allied leaders might be willing to make a more reasonable peace in its aftermath. And so a plan is devised — code name Operation Long Jump — to assassinate FDR, Churchill, and Stalin. A hand-picked team of Nazi commandos is assembled, trained, and armed with special weapons and parachuted into Iran. They have six days to complete the daring assignment before the statesmen will return home. With no margin for error, Mike Reilly, the head of FDR’s Secret Service detail — a man who describes himself as “an Irish cop with more muscle than brains” — must overcome his suspicions to work with a Soviet agent from the NKVD (the precursor to the KGB) to save the three most powerful men in the world.