Nazi Spies in America; Hitler's Undercover War

New York, N.Y. St. Martin's Press, 1990. Saint Martin's Paperback Edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Mass Market Paperback. viii, 358, [2] pages. Cover has some wear and soiling. Includes Introduction, Appendix, Notes and Sources, Bibliography, and Index. Part One covers The Early Years; Part Two covers A Floodtide of Espionage; and Part Three covers Demolition of a Spy Apparatus. Includes eight pages of black and white photographs. This is the true story of Hitler's desperate battle to arm the Third Reich with U.S. Military secrets and technology--and of the trial-by-fire of Hoover's fledgling FBI, told by one of today's foremost popular historians. William B. Breuer (September 17, 1922 – August 18, 2010) was a soldier, journalist and American military historian, who specialized in the World War II epoch. He was the author of more than twenty-six books, ten of which have been main selections of the Military Book Club. Derived from a Kirkus review: A riveting reconstruction of the cloak-and-dagger battles that pitted intelligence-gathering Nazis against America's none-too-vigilant defenders during the pre-WW II era. Drawing on archival and other sources, including contemporary news accounts, Breuer delivers an action-packed and suspenseful narrative that effectively evokes a neglected chapter in military history. Shortly after Hitler seized power, the Gestapo and Abwehr (Germany's formidable Secret Service) began recruiting and training agents for undercover work in the US. During much of the 1930's, scores of such operatives roamed the country at will, filching vital military secrets (including plans for the Norden bombsight), influencing public opinion against involvement in European conflicts, and otherwise serving the ends of the Third Reich. Their stranger-than-fiction methods were the stuff of melodrama--bribes, cryptography, mail drops, seductive femmes fatales, invisible ink, threats against emigres' relatives in Germany, clandestine transmitters, kidnapping, even murder. As Breuer makes clear, neither counterintelligence nor national security was a high priority in the isolationist America of the early 1930's. The fledgling FBI, for instance, was appreciably more concerned with the domestic underworld's criminals than foreign spies. Indeed, authorities were so negligent that one well-connected propagandist (George Viereck) penetrated Capitol Hill, using the franking privileges and mailing lists of Minnesota's Sen. Ernest Lundeen to circulate Berlin's party line to US voters. Once alerted to the threat posed by alien and homegrown subversives, J. Edgar Hoover and his G-men acquitted themselves in exemplary fashion. At one point, the feds were operating a Nazi-funded radio station on Long Island that broadcast spurious information back to unsuspecting controls in Germany. Their largely unsung efforts also sufficed to keep espionage and sabotage to a minimum after America was drawn into the war. Grand, anecdotal fare from a crackerjack analyst. Condition: Good.

Keywords: J. Edgar Hoover, Nazi, Spies, Espionage, Gestapo, Abwehr, Counterspy, FBI, Operation Magpie, Frederick Duquesne, Kurt Ludwig, Erich Pfeiffer, Nickolaus Ritter, William Sebold, Hans Thomsen

ISBN: 0312921500

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Price: $15.00

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