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Publishers WeeklyIn what could be a true-life companion to Quentin Tarantino's recent pulp-grade wish-fulfillment WWII movie Inglorious Basterds, military historian O'Donnell (We Were One) tells the unrecorded story of Jewish Americans and German deserter-volunteers who hastened the War's end by infiltrating enemy territory, gathering intelligence and performing shadow operations for the newly-formed OSS (the forerunner to the U.S. Army's Special Ops). Operating in the Innsbruck area, considered the heart of Nazi Germany, one team was surprised to find several people willing to assist them. Though all operatives were eventually captured by the Gestapo, this eye-opening account reveals the inefficiency and cowardice of Gestapo agents, who often betrayed the Reich once they realized Germany would lose, hoping to improve their post-war lot (many mistakenly believed that the Americans and British would immediately turn on the Soviets, and want to use German forces in that fight). O'Donnell's book is quick-paced and immediate, with many satisfying moments like this exchange between U.S. Staff Sergeant Frederick Mayer and arrested Gestapo officer Walter Güttner, who had held Mayer captive: "Do anything you want to me, but don't hurt my family," Güttner pleads; Mayer responds, "Who do you think we are, Nazis?"
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