The book portrays the the waqrmth, humor, and daily life of a Norwegian family and the unusual exploits of a younger son who worked at a hotel housing German officers during the occupation. A wealth of historical detail does much to counter the virtually unrecognized importance of Norway in world War II. There are some intriguing conclusions: The impetuous decision to invade Norway cost Hitler the war. A Norwegian colonel, disobeying orders, changed the course of history. Norway's world monopoly on "heavy water" gave Germany a false sense of security in nuclear research: a crucial factor in its failure to develop an atomic bomb.
History, Europe, Scandinavia, Norway,