The Devil Himself: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jul 19, 2011 - Fiction - 304 pages
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"I'll talk to anybody, a priest, a bank manager, a gangster, the devil himself, if I can get the information I need. This is a war." -- Lt. Commander Charles Radcliffe Haffenden, Naval Intelligence Unit, B-3

In late 1982, a spike in terrorism has the Reagan Administration considering covert action to neutralize the menace before it reaches the United States. There are big risks to waging a secret war against America’s enemies---but there is one little-known precedent.
Forty years earlier, German U-boats had been prowling the Atlantic, sinking hundreds of U.S. ships along the east coast, including the largest cruise ship in the world, Normandie, destroyed at a Manhattan pier after Pearl Harbor. Nazi agents even landed on Long Island with explosives and maps of railways, bridges, and defense plants. Desperate to secure the coast, the Navy turned to Meyer Lansky, the Jewish Mob boss. A newly naturalized American whose fellow Eastern European Jews were being annihilated by Hitler, Lansky headed an unlikely fellowship of mobsters Lucky Luciano, Bugsy Siegel, Frank Costello, and naval intelligence officers.
Young Reagan White House aide Jonah Eastman, grandson of Atlantic City gangster Mickey Price, is approached by the president’s top advisor with an assignment: Discreetly interview his grandfather’s old friend Lansky about his wartime activities. There just might be something to learn from that secret operation.
The notoriously tight-lipped gangster, dying of cancer, is finally ready to talk. Jonah gets a riveting---and darkly comic---history lesson. The Mob caught Nazi agents, planted propaganda with the help of columnist Walter Winchell, and found Mafia spies to plot the invasion of Sicily, where General Patton was poised to strike at the soft underbelly of the Axis. Lansky’s men stopped at nothing to sabotage Hitler’s push toward American shores.
Based on real events, The Devil Himself is a high-energy novel of military espionage and Mafia justice.


  

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User Review  - namfos - LibraryThing

Intriguing story well told. Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Compelling historical fiction work, with a topic still timely for today's politics. Meyer Lansky comes across as a complex and sympathetic soul, who views his life and actions with an unvarnished perspective. Will appeal to both espionage and military history fans alike. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
21
Section 2
29
Section 3
42
Section 4
45
Section 5
53
Section 6
58
Section 7
65
Section 8
78
Section 22
163
Section 23
175
Section 24
178
Section 25
184
Section 26
187
Section 27
193
Section 28
200
Section 29
205

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
106
Section 14
112
Section 15
119
Section 16
126
Section 17
132
Section 18
140
Section 19
145
Section 20
152
Section 21
161
Section 30
212
Section 31
217
Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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Section 36
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Section 37
251
Section 38
259
Section 39
265
Section 40
269
Section 41
291
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About the author (2011)

ERIC DEZENHALL cofounded the communications firm Dezenhall Resources, Ltd., and serves as its CEO. His most recent book of nonfiction, Damage Control: Why Everything You Know About Crisis Management Is Wrong, pioneered techniques for understanding and defusing crises. The author of five previous novels, he lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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