Alliance of Enemies: The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II

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Macmillan, Apr 15, 2008 - History - 416 pages
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Alliance of Enemies tells the thrilling history of the secret World War II relationship between Nazi Germany's espionage service, the Abwehr, and the American OSS, predecessor of the CIA.

By mining secret WWII files only recently declassified, personal interviews, diaries, and previously unpublished accounts to unearth some of history's surprises, authors von Hassell and MacRae shed new light on Franklin Roosevelt's surprising stance toward Hitler before the United States entered the war, and on the relationship of American business to the Third Reich. They offer vivid details on the German resistance's desperate efforts first to avert war and then to make common cause with enemy representatives to end it. And their work details the scope and depth of German resistance and its many plots to eliminate Hitler and why they failed.

Alliance of Enemies fills a huge void in our knowledge of the hidden, layered warfare--and the attempts for peace---of World War II. Nowhere has such a complete and provocative history of the wars behind WWII been told---until now.

 

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Alliance of enemies: the untold story of the secret American and German collaboration to end World War II

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Most casual readers are aware of the failed attempt by senior German army officers to kill Adolf Hitler in July 1944. Yet from the outset of Hitler's so-called Thousand Year Reich, there were efforts ... Read full review

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In depth perspective on the politics and "behind-the-scenes" of WWII. Certainly a different view of the war that what one usually is presented with. Not for the casual reader, though. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
19181936 OVERTURES TO WAR
9
19331939 THE OTHER GERMANY
35
19331941 A RELUCTANT ALLY
61
19391941 FLUID NEUTRALITIES
92
19411942 RESPONDING TO HITLER
110
1943 A WATERSHED
140
1944 THE CRUCIBLE
176
19441945 ARMAGEDDON AND BEYOND
228
1945 REALPOLITIK FROM CRUSADE TO DEAL
276
Conclusion
296
Epilogue
305
Notes
327
Bibliography
363
Index
377
Copyright

1944 IDEOLOGIES ANTAGONISMS PROFITS
203

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About the author (2008)

Agostino von Hassell has written about the U.S. Marine Corps, West Point, and military food. He taught classes on counterterrorism with a heavy emphasis on intelligence issues at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He runs a consulting group in New York engaged in national security issues and trade problems. His grandfather Ulrich von Hassell was one of the participants in the July 20, 1944, plot.

Sigrid MacRae graduated from Columbia University and has been an editor and translator. She writes on history and art and lives in New York.

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