A whistle-blower. A witch hunt. A cover-up. Secret tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, and government corruption. Welcome to 1890s Paris.
Alfred Dreyfus has been convicted of treason, sentenced to life imprisonment on a far-off island, and publicly stripped of his rank. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, an ambitious military officer who believes in Dreyfus's guilt as staunchly as any member of the public. But when he is promoted to head of the French counter-espionage agency, Picquart finds evidence that a spy still remains at large in the military—indicating that Dreyfus is innocent. As evidence of the most malignant deceit mounts and spirals inexorably toward the uppermost levels of government, Picquart is compelled to question not only the case against Dreyfus but also his most deeply held beliefs about his country, and about himself.
Winner of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction
Winner of the American Library in Paris Book Award
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An officer And A Spy
A page turner that held me anxious about the protagonist's survivability. Loved it.
An officer and a spy
So well written and captivating that I could not out it down.
For lover of history and good literature
One of the most shocking events of the end of the 19 Century narrated with great talent.
What happened to Dreyfus basic human rights in a democracy show the dangers of excessive power and abuse of it.
I read it almost in one seating, could not stop.