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Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America

de Michael Dobbs

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Publisher's description: Shortly after America's entry into World War II, Adolf Hitler ordered an extensive sabotage campaign against the United States to disrupt the production of tanks and airplanes and blow up bridges and railroads. Eight German saboteurs were dispatched across the Atlantic by U-boat, one team landing in Amagansett, Long Island, the other near Jacksonville, Florida. They brought with them enough money and explosives for a two-year operation and traveled inland to explore potential targets. The full story of this audacious endeavor is a remarkable account of a terrorist threat against America. Michael Dobbs describes the saboteurs' training in Nazi Germany, their claustrophobic three-week voyage in submarines, and their infiltration into American life. He explores the reasons each volunteered, and their links to a network of Nazi sympathizers in the United States. He paints a portrait of the group's leaders: George Dasch, a onetime waiter who dreamed of leaving his personal mark on history, and Edward Kerling, a fanatic Nazi caught between his love for his mistress and his love for his wife. And he shows how the FBI might never have captured the saboteurs had one of them not helped J. Edgar Hoover transform a hapless manhunt into one of his proudest accomplishments. A military tribunal, a historic Supreme Court session, and one of the largest mass executions in American history provide a stunning climax to a dangerous but failed mission.… (més)
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In 1942 German submarines delivered two groups of saboteurs on to beaches in Long Island and Florida with orders to attack US aluminum production plants. They had plenty of explosives and money, but what they didn’t have was the skills or conviction. The German secret service had chosen the wrong men. After abandoning the explosives and living the high-life in New York and Chicago the group’s leader surrendered to the FBI hoping to turn their knowledge of Nazi Germans into a propaganda weapon. Instead they were subjected to a hastily convened military trial of dubious legality. This is a complex tale skillfully told in which neither nation, their leaders, or government agencies come out well. And in the center is what amounts to the sad tale of 8 men caught up in a situation outside their control. ( )
  gothamajp | May 29, 2020 |
I remember buying this when it hit paperback, which was about ten years ago. I'm hitting myself for neglecting it since then. This is an incredible work of non-fiction, well-written and thoughtful. It concerns the botched German raid on America during WWII, and it kind of plays out like a Coen brothers film--it's tense, but there's an undeniable bit of weird humor that ties it together. In fact, I'm amazed this hasn't been made into a film. ( )
  wordsampersand | Dec 6, 2018 |
This is about a group that resist the the Nazi Germany. This is more biography. It would be suitable for older 6th graders through high school, and into adulthood. It may be sensitive nature.
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 27, 2015 |
Excellent, interesting read. Very well told story of eight German saboteurs sent to the USA in 1942 and how they were betrayed by two of the their own. The last part of their book, about their trial before a military commission and the appeal of their attorneys to the Supreme Court, is a fascinating look at justice, emotion and political expediency in wartime. Highly recommended. ( )
  jztemple | Feb 1, 2013 |
A very good read that gives vivid characterization of less-than-fanatical Nazis who stumbled into a pathetic plan and fell victim to paranoia. ( )
  robertmorrow | Dec 28, 2010 |
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The incredible true story of the 1942 Nazi terrorist mission on American soil.
 
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Publisher's description: Shortly after America's entry into World War II, Adolf Hitler ordered an extensive sabotage campaign against the United States to disrupt the production of tanks and airplanes and blow up bridges and railroads. Eight German saboteurs were dispatched across the Atlantic by U-boat, one team landing in Amagansett, Long Island, the other near Jacksonville, Florida. They brought with them enough money and explosives for a two-year operation and traveled inland to explore potential targets. The full story of this audacious endeavor is a remarkable account of a terrorist threat against America. Michael Dobbs describes the saboteurs' training in Nazi Germany, their claustrophobic three-week voyage in submarines, and their infiltration into American life. He explores the reasons each volunteered, and their links to a network of Nazi sympathizers in the United States. He paints a portrait of the group's leaders: George Dasch, a onetime waiter who dreamed of leaving his personal mark on history, and Edward Kerling, a fanatic Nazi caught between his love for his mistress and his love for his wife. And he shows how the FBI might never have captured the saboteurs had one of them not helped J. Edgar Hoover transform a hapless manhunt into one of his proudest accomplishments. A military tribunal, a historic Supreme Court session, and one of the largest mass executions in American history provide a stunning climax to a dangerous but failed mission.

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