In October 1929, wealthy and famous American financier Peter
Hammersmith received a copy of a book. The book was Mein
. Astonished and disturbed, he rushes off to Washington
to consult his friend President Hoover. Hoover immediately assigns
Peter to travel to his native Berlin to investigate the political
and economic climate and to write a full report with
recommendations for the President of the United States.
The setting, the urgency of the issues, the array of
historical characters, the unique mise en scene all
combine to make this an unusual and important novel. And, in the
hands of the accomplished novelist Eric Koch, The Man Who Knew
Charlie Chaplin is destined to be widely discussed.