Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 352 pages
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In 1942, Hitler's Nazi regime trained eight operatives for a mission to infiltrate America and do devastating damage to its infrastructure. It was a plot that proved historically remarkable for two reasons: the surprising extent of its success and the astounding nature of its failure. Soon after two U-Boats packed with explosives arrived on America's shores–one on Long Island, one in Florida–it became clear that the incompetence of the eight saboteurs was matched only by that of American authorities. In fact, had one of the saboteurs not tipped them off, the FBI might never have caught the plot's perpetrators–though a dozen witnesses saw a submarine moored on Long Island.
As told by Michael Dobbs, the story of the botched mission and a subsequent trial by military tribunal, resulting in the swift execution of six saboteurs, offers great insight into the tenor of the country--and the state of American intelligence--during World War II and becomes what is perhaps a cautionary tale for our times.

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User Review  - jztemple - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - robertmorrow - LibraryThing

A very good read that gives vivid characterization of less-than-fanatical Nazis who stumbled into a pathetic plan and fell victim to paranoia. Read full review


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Farewells May 121
The Men Are Running Wild May 2228
The Beach lune 13 Morning
Stakes June 1417
The Invaders lune 2022
As Guilty As Can Be June 27July
Military Tribunal luly 628
Equal Iustice Under the Law luly 19August

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Michael Dobbs was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and educated at the University of York, with fellowships at Princeton and Harvard. He is a reporter for the Washington Post, where he spent much of his career as a foreign correspondent covering the collapse of communism. His Down with Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire was a runner-up for the 1997 PEN award for nonfiction. Mr. Dobbs lives in Bethesda, Maryland.  

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