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Sins of the Fathers

A Novel

Herbert J. Stern, Alan A. Winter


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In the tradition of Herman Wouk, author of Winds of War and War and Remembrance, the novel Sins of the Fathers is the thoroughly researched historical sequel to Wolf.

History hinged on a call as the German high command waited for Hitler’s order to invade Czechoslovakia. That was the signal that would launch their revolt to bring down the Reich.

Every detail of the coup was in place. Access roads to Berlin would be blocked. The city sealed. Communication centers taken. A commando squad―sixty hand-picked men―were ready to storm the Chancellery and seize Hitler. The only open question: to try Hitler as a traitor or execute him on the spot.

Sins of the Fathers is the eye-opening novel―based on historical facts―of the efforts of German military leaders, career civil servants, and clergy to solicit England’s assistance to bring down the tyrant in 1938. When Prime Minster Neville Chamberlain refused to meet with them, they turned to Winston Churchill, who secretly supported their cause. Armed with a strongly worded letter from the future prime minister, they waited for Hitler’s telephone call ordering German troops to invade Czechoslovakia―the signal for their uprising. But the call did not come. Instead, Prime Minister Chamberlain went to Hitler’s apartment in Munich only to bow to the dictator’s will. The invasion was over before it began―and with that, so was the coup. Flying home, Chamberlain announced he had obtained “peace for our times.”

Sins of the Fathers―the sequel to Wolf about Hitler’s rise to power―tells the dramatic true story of the foolish prime minister that undermined the coup to topple the regime, delivered Czechoslovakia to Hitler, saved the Führer’s life, and paved the road to World War II.

Praise For Sins of the Fathers: A Novel

“This one poses a fascinating question—could World War II have been avoided? The answer is going to shock you. Sins of the Fathers is a masterful blend of fact and fiction and will have you thinking about it long after the last page is read."  
STEVE BERRYNew York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Cotton Malone series

"A superb and exciting blend of intrigue and history that will keep you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end."
WILLIAM BOYD, the Pulteney St. Survey, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

"I learned history from Barbara Tuchman, felt seat-of-the-pants tension with Robert Ludlum; however, neither one took me to that place of epiphany where an unexpected tear falls from the eye, yet Herb Stern and —Alan Winter do all three with an explosive ending as gut-wrenching as it is shocking. If this were a boxing match, it's the punch you didn't see coming."
STEVE FOREMAN, screenwriter of The Jazz Singer with Neil Diamond and author of the novels Toehold, Chasing Gideon, and Journey'

"Most people today do not realize that an anti-Nazi underground was at work to overthrow Adolf Hitler in Germany during the 1930s. Sins of the Fathers is an excellent novel, based on actual facts, about the anti-Hitler movement and its leaders, a courageous group of Germans who faced a horrible death at the hands of the Gestapo if they had been caught. If Britain had supported the underground movement, Hitler might have been overthrown and the Second World War might have been averted. I greatly enjoyed reading this book."
DAVID ALAN JOHNSON, author of Righteous Deception: German Officers Against Hitler

Skyhorse, 9781510769427, 528pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2022

About the Author

Herbert J. Stern, formerly US attorney for the District of New Jersey, who prosecuted the mayors of Newark, Jersey City and Atlantic City, and served as judge of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey, is a trial lawyer. He also served as judge of the United States Court for Berlin. There he presided over a hijacking trial in the occupied American Sector of West Berlin. His book about the case, Judgment in Berlin, won the 1974 Freedom Foundation Award and became a film starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn. He co-authored Wolf: A Novel, and he also wrote Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won, as well as the multi-volume legal work Trying Cases to Win.

Alan A. Winter  is the co-author of Wolf: A Novel, and the author of four other novels, including Island Bluffs, Snowflakes in the Sahara, Someone Else’s Son, and Savior’s Day, which Kirkus selected as a Best Book of 2013. Winter graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in history and has professional degrees from both New York University and Columbia, where he was an associate professor for many years. He edited an award-winning journal and has published more than twenty professional articles. Alan studied creative writing at Columbia’s Graduate School of General Studies. His screenplay, Polly, received honorable mention in the Austin Film Festival, and became the basis for Island Bluffs.