Born in 1972 in Saarbrucken, Rüdiger Barth studied contemporary history and general rhetoric at the University of Tubingen. After fifteen years as a journalist for the German weekly Stern, he now works as a freelance author. He lives in Germany.
Born in 1980 in Hamburg, Hauke Friederichs studied social and economic history and wrote his PhD thesis on piracy in the Mediterranean. He has worked for publications including Die Zeit, Stern, Geo, Epoche, and P.M. History. He lives in Germany.
"The pointillism that comes with being written diary-style is effective and startling. We are told that the outgoing chancellor, the clever and devious Kurt von Schleicher, displayed little emotion as he said farewell to his cabinet, although one colleague observed that 'this experience has been a matter of life or death to him.' A little over a year later, von Schleicher was murdered by the SS during the Night of the Long Knives; the dangerous game, well described in this book, that he had been playing had come to an end." -- "Wall Street Journal"