In July 1944, yet another attack on Adolf Hitler’s life took place, this time by Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. This is Kershaw’s great retelling of one of the Wermacht’s best, bizarre, botched attempts to kill the Führer. In the process, he reveals the incompetence and naivety of other would-be assassins’ previous attempts, and there’s a story behind each and every one of these stories. If you’d like to get an idea of the bigger picture, pick up Ian’s full account in one of his other books, ‘Hitler 1939–1945’. On its own though, Luck of the Devil: The Story of Operation Valkyrie is a fine companion to Tom Cruise’s ‘Valkyrie’. Top gunning.