“The best documented and most reliable biography on one of Third Reich’s most mysterious and controversial personalities” (Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies).
Admiral Wilhelm Canaris was the head of the Abwehr, Hitler’s intelligence service, from 1935 to 1944. A vehement opponent of the Weimar Republic, Canaris was an early supporter of the Nazi Party who became increasingly disillusioned in the face of its cruelties. As early as 1938—before the outbreak of WWII—Canaris worked to save individuals from persecution and engaged in secret plots to overthrow the Third Reich, all while continuing to carry out vital duties in its service.
Near the end of the war, secret documents were discovered that implicated Canaris and hinted at the extent of the activities conducted by his Abwehr against Hitler. In 1945, he was executed as a traitor. But Canaris left little in the way of personal documents, and to this day he remains a figure shrouded in mystery and controversy.
Drawing on newly available archival materials, Mueller investigates the double life of this legendary and enigmatic figure in the first major biography of Canaris to be published in German.
About the author
Michael Mueller has worked since 1987 as a freelance journalist for television and periodicals. Besides numerous TV documentaries he is the co-author of several important books dealing with the German secret services, the best known of these being Die-RAF-Stasi Connection and Gegen Freund und Feind. He lives in Cologne, Germany.
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