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The Man Who Played God (novel)

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'The Man Who Played God' is a 1962 fact-based fiction novel about Hungary and Israel (19441956) by American author Robert St. John, who has released several books on Israel, was published by Doubleday on January 4, 1962.


The novel chronicles the narrative of the Jews who were apprehended in Hungary during World War II. During the final two years of the war, Andor Horvath, was able to save many lives by courageously negotiating with the Nazis, preventing thousands of deaths.

Horvath led a charmed life and was able to successfully negotiate with Nazis who were greedy for goods and money. In Israel, ten years after the war, his fortunes would change as he is suddenly accused of being a Nazi collaborator who had allowed hundreds of thousands of Jews to die in Hungary.


Robert St. John based his fictitious novel 'on' the reality of his central character, Andor Horvath, a Zionist Romanian-Hungarian Jewish leader. There are many other characters that demonstrate how Jews were lulled into a sense of false security, and how they were methodically exterminated at the Auschwitz concentration camp.


The American book reviewer 'Kirkus Reviews' found 'The Man Who Played God' by Robert St. John to be "fact and fiction skillfully blended in a holding panoramic novel of the Jews of Hungary". The novel has received a popularity ranking of 638,454 at LibraryThing. On the social cataloging site Goodreads, the book has received a 3.5 average rating, and a favorable review, where 95% of its readers liked it.


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