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Author: Greg King, Sue Woolmans Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781483062198
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Drawing on unpublished letters and rare primary sources, King and Woolmans tell the true story behind the tragic romance and brutal assassination that sparked World War I.

In the summer of 1914, three great empires dominated Europe: Germany, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. Four years later all had vanished in the chaos of World War I. One event precipitated the conflict, and at its heart was a tragic love story. When Austrian heir Archduke Franz Ferdinand married for love against the wishes of the emperor, he and his wife, Sophie, were humiliated and shunned; yet they remained devoted to each other and to their children. The two bullets fired in Sarajevo not only ended their love story but also led to war and a century of conflict.

Set against a backdrop of glittering privilege, The Assassination of the Archduke combines royal history, touching romance, and political murder in a moving portrait of the end of an era. One hundred years after the event, it offers the startling truth behind the Sarajevo assassinations, including Serbian complicity, and examines rumors of conspiracy and official negligence. Events in Sarajevo also doomed the couple’s children to lives of loss, exile, and the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, their plight echoing the horrors unleashed by their parents’ deaths. Challenging a century of myth, The Assassination of the Archduke resonates as a very human story of love destroyed by murder, revolution, and war.

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  • “Malcolm Hillgartner narrates this complex biography at a steady pace…Hillgartner twists his tongue fluently around the German, Russian, and Magyar names and terms. Recounting the history of the empire, early-twentieth-century unrest, and the complex aristocratic ties and bloodlines, Hillgartner steadily recites the facts, details, and intrigue surrounding the archduke.”


  • “King and Woolmans have clearly undertaken a great deal of original research and uncovered many new sources, including material provided by Franz Ferdinand’s descendants. The authors make a strong case for the theory (still not officially accepted) that the archduke and duchess were sent to Sarajevo by court powers who were aware they might well be killed. With the one hundredth anniversary of this tragedy less than a year away, this personal and political study, with its revisionist take, will be popular with historians and general readers alike and is highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “The vilified heir to the Hapsburg throne wins a touching rehabilitation in this nonscholarly look at his love match and sad demise…An entertaining challenge to a century of misconceptions.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Greg King is the author of a dozen books, including the UK bestseller The Duchess of Windsor and the internationally acclaimed The Fate of the Romanovs, The Court of the Last Tsar, and Resurrection of the Romanovs.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an accomplished actor, writer, and musician. Named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2013 and the recipient of several Earphones Awards, he has narrated over 175 audiobooks.