On January 30, 1889, on the champagne-splashed hight of the Viennese Carnival, the good-looking and fascinating Crown Prince Rudolf fired a revolver at his teenaged mistress after which himself. The 2 photographs that rang out at Mayerling within the Vienna Woods echo nonetheless.

Frederic Morton, writer of the bestselling Rothschilds, deftly tells the haunting tale of the Prince and his town, the place, within the span of best ten months, “the Western dream began to head flawed.” In Rudolf’s Vienna moved different younger males with putting highbrow and inventive abilities—and all as pissed off because the Prince. Amongst them had been: younger Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Theodor Herzl, Gustav Klimt, and the playwright Arthur Schnitzler, whose La Ronde used to be the good erotic drama of the fin de siecle. Morton research those and different talented younger males, interweaving their fates with that of the doomed Prince and all the town thru to the eve of Easter, simply after Rudolf’s frame is reduced into its everlasting sarcophagus and a son named Adolf Hitler is born to Frau Klara Hitler.