This is undoubtedly the most compelling book I have read in many years. It tells the shocking tale of Alfred Dreyfus, an Alsatian (German) of Jewish descent, who is convicted of treason 1894, for selling French military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on a far-off island, and publicly stripped of his rank. Among the witnesses to his humiliation is Georges Picquart, an ambitious military officer who, like everyone else believes in Dreyfus's guilt. However, when he is promoted to head of the French counter-espionage agency, Picquart finds evidence that a spy still remains at large in the military, indicating that Dreyfus is innocent. High-ranking military officials suppress the new evidence by deceit, an attempted cover up, and falsifying evidence in the uppermost levels of government. Picquart is begins to question, not only the case against Dreyfus but beliefs about his country, and himself. I could not put this book down! An unbelievable tale of miscarriage of justice and antisemitism, that was all the more shocking to me, in that it is fact!!!!