Light Beyond by E. Phillips Oppenheim

Light Beyond

byE. Phillips Oppenheim

Kobo ebook | March 14, 2015

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Intrigue, Adventure and World War I Reparation Payments

After WW1 Germany was forced to pay crippling reparations to the allies. especially to France which had been the site of most of the battles. To prevent Germany from re-arming, France held control over the German industrial heartland in the Ruhr valley. The combination of huge international debt and lack of production led to hyperinflation, social disruption, and ultimately the success of the National Socialists or Nazis. These reparation payments by the losers to the victors were common until the Marshall plan was adopted following World War 2.

In this remarkable 1927 novel by E. Phillips Oppenheim, a great conference has been called in London to renegotiate the war debt. It is clear that Germany is suffering, and all of Europe is affected. The great Financier Felix Dukane is in London with his beautiful daughter Estelle. It is rumored that he stands ready to loan Germany One Billion Pounds if the conference is able to limit the total debt.

The young American socialite Mark van Stratton has been living in Europe since the end of the war. He is close friends with English and French diplomats, but has done nothing useful with his life. A chance meeting between Mark and Estelle sets his life on a new course.

The outcome of the conference hinges on military and industrial secrets. The remarkable accuracy of Oppenheims depiction of German militarism (writing in 1927) and his predictions of the timing of World War 2 are uncanny. He describes the "Club of 1940" which is a German secret society dedicated to destroying France by that date.

Title:Light BeyondFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 14, 2015Publisher:Consumer Oriented Ebooks PublisherLanguage:English

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