White Knights in the Black Orchestra: The Extraordinary Story of the Germans Who Resisted Hitler


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Hachette Books
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6.6 X 9.2 X 1.6 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Tom Dunkel is a Washington, DC-based journalist and author, a former staff features writer at The Baltimore Sun, and a long-time freelancer for publications ranging from The Washington Post Magazine (where his byline has appeared for more than twenty years) and The New York Times Magazine, to Sports Illustrated and Smithsonian. His first book, Color Blind, was published in 2013 by Grove/Atlantic.


"White Knights in the Black Orchestra is the absolutely riveting story of what true courage looks like when principled men and women risk their lives to confront evil. What's more, it is incredibly relevant to our world today."--Robert J. Mrazek, award-winning author of The Indomitable Florence Finch and A Dawn Like Thunder
"White Knights in the Black Orchestra is a much needed book whose meaning runs deep. History doesn't repeat, but it does rhyme. At a time when everything was at stake in the world, when lies stole truth, when madness became power, men and women of faith and principles fought back. America today is experiencing what I call its 'Bonhoeffer Moment.' Read this book and, most importantly, reflect deeply upon it. Tom Dunkel's account of the Germans who resisted Hitler is not just about then, but also now."--Jim Wallis, Chair in Public Policy and Director of the Center for Faith and Justice at Georgetown University
"Tom Dunkel has written a timely book about great courage, both moral and physical, in the face of evil government. He has used exceptional research and the gifts of a thriller writer to uncover an important part of the war against Hitler. Both a fast-paced narrative and a moving tribute to some remarkable men and women."--Richard Cohen, author of Making History and By the Sword
"A highly readable and timely account of Germans who resisted Nazism. Veteran journalist Tom Dunkel paints a comprehensive and compelling mural of the who, what, when and why of political courage that should be read by Americans today."--Helen Epstein, author of Children of the Holocaust and Where She Came From
"Tom Dunkel's White Knight in the Black Orchestra is a book for our times, when political expediency and immorality in the service of ambition have become commonplace. This story of the decent, principled Germans who resisted the Nazis at peril for their lives is meticulously researched, elegantly told, and an imperative, tragically timely tale."--Gene Weingarten, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, columnist and author
"Dunkel...frames the suspenseful narrative around the work and family of Dietrich Bonhoeffer...A thoroughgoing history of indispensable purveyors of active and passive resistance in Nazi Germany."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Dunkel's nonfiction narrative is surprisingly suspenseful, as well as elegantly written.... White Knights in the Black Orchestra is a tale of great heroism.... Because the German resistance failed to stop Hitler...the tremendous courage they displayed often has been overlooked. Dunkel's book is a stirring corrective."--The Forward
"A fascinating look at the brave 'White Knights' -- a loose network of German military officers, diplomats, politicians, and civilians who risked their lives to undermine the Third Reich, from reporting troop movements to the Allies to plotting to assassinate Hitler."--New York Post