Hitler's Secret War in South America: German Military Espionage and Allied Counterespionage in Brazil

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Published first in Brazil as Suástica sobre o Brasil, this examination of the rise and fall of German espionage in that country spent months on the best-seller list there and generated a national furor as former spies and collaborationists denounced it as a CIA ploy. Here, for the first time, are the colorful stories of such German agents as "Alfredo," probably the most important enemy operative in the Americas; "King," who was decorated for his daring exploits but who carelessly mentioned the real names of his ...

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Hitler's Secret War in South America, 1939--1945: German Military Espionage and Allied Counterespionage in Brazil

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Overview

Published first in Brazil as Suástica sobre o Brasil, this examination of the rise and fall of German espionage in that country spent months on the best-seller list there and generated a national furor as former spies and collaborationists denounced it as a CIA ploy. Here, for the first time, are the colorful stories of such German agents as "Alfredo," probably the most important enemy operative in the Americas; "King," who was decorated for his daring exploits but who carelessly mentioned the real names of his collaborators in secret radio messages; the bumbling Janos Salamon; and the debonair Hans Christian von Kotze, who ultimately betrayed the Abwehr (German Military Intelligence).

Eminently readable, Hitler's Secret War in South America resembles, but is not, fiction. It describes in detail the Allies' real battle against the Abwehr, a struggle highlighted by the interception and deciphering of German radio transmissions.

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Published initially in Brazil and later in the United States in 1981 in an English-language version, Hilton's book unravels a true story that could rival the best espionage novel. This tale of the Reich's use of spies, particularly in Brazil, in order to ascertain classified information on plane and ship movements in North Africa comes complete with secret codes, undercover agents, and all the trimmings. "An interesting, readable addition for public and academic libraries" (LJ 3/1/81). Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807124369
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 967,191
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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Stanley E. Hilton is DeGrummond Professor of History at Louisiana State University and author of several books, most recently Brazil and the Soviet Challenge, 1917—1947.

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    Posted January 20, 2011

    LOVE IT

    this book was very interesting and informative, a good read for anyone interested in the subject matter

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