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The True Story Behind the Oscar® Winning Film "The Counterfeiters"

Critical praise for the definitive new book about Operation Bernhard, the greatest  counterfeit in history.

"The compelling story of the Third Reich's attempt to wreck the British economy by flooding Europe with millions of counterfeit British pounds....thorough research and authoritative voice enable this fascinating chapter of history to hold interest. Gripping proof that indeed all is fair in love and war."
--Kirkus Reviews

"An astonishing and exciting tale. The drama of how the Nazis mounted a complex counterfeiting operation inside a concentration camp is matched by the chilling life-or-death saga of the prisoners involved. It reads like a thriller, but it's all true."
--Walter Isaacson, author of The Wise Men and Benjamin Franklin

 "The first comprehensive account of the saga."
--Wall Street Journal front page story.

"Larry Malkin has written so thrilling, so fascinating, so precise a story of the Nazi counterfeiting of British pound notes that he might just find himself thrown into jail."
--David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers and Hitler's Spies

"Many thwarted Nazi schemes were buried in the pages of history, but Malkin illuminates one of the most dramatic...He explores all sides of the plan, though his main focus is the team of Jewish prisoners that was forced to work for its deadly enemies."
-- New York Daily News

"The story unrolls like a gripping crime novel.
--Die Welt, Berlin

"A story of survival and intrigue with heroes, villains, and suspense worthy of the big screen...Lawrence Malkin does a great service to bring this remarkable, little-known episode of World War II to the world's attention. I would highly recommend it to anyone."
--Curled Up with a Good Book

"An amazing story."
--Peter Jay, author of The Wealth of Man

"Lawrence Malkin has written a hard gem of a book, just big enough to be respectable and sparkling enough to impress."
---Roger K. Miller in the Tampa Tribune

"The astonishing and hitherto hidden story of how the Nazis tried to ruin the British economy by counterfeiting its money. It combines thriller-like reality with unexpected and cautionary insight into the workings -- and contortions -- of totalitarian government. Fascinating in its documentation, and brilliantly written by one of our best experts on finance and the world economy."
--William Pfaff, author of The Bullet's Song

Chosen as a Featured Alternate by the Book-of-the-Month Club, Smart Readers, and the History Book Club.

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The Complete Story with an Author's Introduction

Listen to a discussion on National Public Radio with Author Lawrence Malkin and Director Stefan Ruzowitzky of the "The Counterfeiters" on the book vs. the film. Click here.

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