"Derek R. Mallett carefully compares the British, who were vitally interested in and committed to gathering useful, possibly actionable intelligence from captured German general officers, to the Americans, who cared less about the German generals in their care until the intelligence community realized in 1944 that the Cold War was about to begin. Mallett does a wonderful job: the research combines excellent primary and secondary sources, archival sources, government documents, interviews, and thorough analysis. This work's scope, including the major events that shifted World War II's battlefields and prison camps, is stunning in its breadth and clarity."Robert C. Doyle, author of The Enemy in Our Hands: America's Treatment of Prisoners of War from the Revolution to the War on Terror"
"Mallett's provocative analysis, based on recent revelations concerning the American military's half-hearted interrogations, electronic eavesdropping, and attempts at 'reeducation' of Hitler's generals held as POWs in America, makes for intriguing reading. So too does his caustic evaluation of the U.S. government's belated postwar enthusiasm for using some of those generals in its early Cold War security planning."Robert D. Billinger Jr., author of Nazi POWs in the Tar Heel State"
"Mallett's approach is methodical and yet entertaining, interspersing solid analysis with just the right mix of anecdotal examples to back up his main points[...] this is an interesting study that raises a lot of good points [...] a good entry point to the subject of high‐ranking prisonersin World War II" Paul Springer, H-War
"[...] By telling the remarkable story of high ranking German military officers and their treatment by their American captors this book fills a gap in the field of World War II POW scholarship.
Mallett makes good use of an array of primary and secondary sources, providing rich details about the "general officer prisoners who seemed to most capture the interest of American authorities", their American captors, including camp commanders and interrogators and their seemingly impossible efforts to gauge the prisoners' political and ideological commitment to National Socialism." Journal of Military History