The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I
This instant New York Times bestselling “dynamic detective story” (The New York Times) reveals the hidden history Rudolf Diesel, one of the world’s greatest inventors, and his mysterious disappearance on the eve of World War I.
September 29, 1913: the steamship Dresden is halfway between Belgium and England. On board is one of the most famous men in the world, Rudolf Diesel, whose new internal combustion engine is on the verge of revolutionizing global industry forever. But Diesel never arrives at his destination. He vanishes during the night and headlines around the world wonder if it was an accident, suicide, or murder.
After rising from an impoverished European childhood, Diesel had become a multi-millionaire with his powerful engine that does not require expensive petroleum-based fuel. In doing so, he became not only an international celebrity but also the enemy of two extremely powerful men: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil and the richest man in the world.
The Kaiser wanted the engine to power a fleet of submarines that would finally allow him to challenge Great Britain’s Royal Navy. But Diesel had intended for his engine to be used for the betterment of the world.
Now, New York Times bestselling author Douglas Brunt reopens the case and provides an “absolutely riveting” (Chris Bohjalian, #1 New York Times bestselling author) new conclusion about Diesel’s fate. Brunt’s book is “equal parts Walter Isaacson and Sherlock Holmes, [and] yanks back the curtain on the greatest caper of the 20th century in this riveting history” (Jay Winik, New York Times bestselling author).
Praise for The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I
“Brunt is very good at drawing out the political tensions that swirled around Diesel during his life…A dynamic detective story.” —The New York Times
“Excellent…a well-researched and well-written biography.” —Wall Street Journal
“[A] thrilling investigation...Brunt’s audacious yet surprisingly tenable theory makes for a wildly enjoyable outing.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This book is the granddaddy of books that show you something you didn’t know about people you do…an odyssey…a terrific who-dunnit, there’s everything to love about this book.” —Mike Rowe
“The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel sheds light on one of the most perplexing mysteries of the twentieth century, and on a man whose invention had the power to threaten empires and change the fate of nations. Written with the intensity of a thriller, this brilliant work will ensure the reader and the world will long remember Rudolf Diesel.” —Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL Sniper and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Only the Dead
“Equal parts Walter Isaacson and Sherlock Holmes, The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel yanks back the curtain on the greatest caper of the 20th century in this riveting history.” —Jay Winik, New York Times best selling author of 1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History
“Outstanding—Brunt mixes a historian's respect for research with a novelist's eye for character, adds fascinating context and connections, and reaches a conclusion worthy of James Bond.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A riveting, impressive, history-changing book. I couldn’t put it down and gasped at the conclusion. DIESEL is in the history Hall of Fame.” —Zibby Owens, host of Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books and author of Bookends and Blank
“A page turning crime thriller that also delivers a significant new understanding of the forces that shaped the outcome of World War I and beyond. This fascinating story, told in the most vivid fashion, about a name so many recognize has been missed by true crime aficionados and historians alike—until now. An important addition to 20th century history.” —Dan Abrams, New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln’s Last Trial
“Douglas Brunt delivers an unputdownable piece of nonfiction that reads like a taut thriller. Insightful, suspenseful, and thoroughly enjoyable, you will be absolutely captivated!” —Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Fall