Nazism Uber Alles

TITLE: FATHERLAND

AUTHOR: ROBERT HARRIS

PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; 338 PAGES; $21

THE BOTTOM LINE: A disturbing thriller imagines what might have been if Hitler had triumphed.

Only two decades have gone by since Germany's great victory in World War II. It is 1964, and a vassal Germanic empire unites Europe from England almost to the Urals. It's true that war has sputtered on endlessly against what remains of the Soviet Union and that anti-Nazi terrorists at home have provoked repeated crackdowns. Still, why does the Fatherland seem shabby and dispirited?

Though Barbara Cartland has just written a new romantic novel, The...

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