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Hendrix, John. The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler.

Hendrix, John. The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. Harry N. Abrams, September 2018. 176p. $24.99. 978-1-4197-2838-9.

3Q * 3P * M * J

Growing up in 1920s Germany, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was enthralled with theology and ultimately became a pastor. After the harsh sanctions of the Treaty of Versailles that ended World War I, his country was demoralized and ripe for a savior, someone who would restore the glory of Germany, in the form of Adolf Hitler. As the atrocities mounted during Hitler's ascendancy and reign, Bonhoeffer felt conflicted. On the one hand, his fierce beliefs forbade murder. On the other hand, Bonhoeffer believed that Germany's salvation lay in ridding it of this dictator. How could his belief in aiding others be aligned with his assisting in plots to kill Hitler?

Hendrix, the author/illustrator, states in the "Research and Authenticity" section, "This story is not primarily a work of scholarship but a work of art.... My goal was never encyclopedic detail, but underlining the essential themes." As such, sentences such as "Hitler was delighted. This crack in Germany's economic foundation was just big enough to let his rats into the cellar" appear. Hendrix provides a synopsis of Bonhoeffer's life and beliefs juxtaposed with the economic and moral climate of Germany from the first through the second world wars. The combination of easy prose, drawings, comic-book-type illustrations, and side notes makes for a fast read. Hendrix succeeds in setting the tone of the times. However, this is not an exhaustive, authoritative biography of Bonhoeffer but rather an opinionated overview of a life and times. A selected bibliography, notes, and an index assist readers.--Ed Goldberg

The Faithful Spy is a very informational nonfiction book about World War II. The author details the adventures of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Resistance spy working to kill Hitler and destroy the Nazi party. It is an interesting read and would be very popular because it not only talks about World War II, a very interesting topic, but it also suspenseful throughout, taking many unpredictable turns on almost every page. 5Q, 4P.--Michael Yan, Teen Reviewer.

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Author:Goldberg, Ed; Yan, Michael
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
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Date:Dec 1, 2018
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