Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America

Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America

by Michael Dobbs
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Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America by Michael Dobbs

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400030422
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/08/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 663,198
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

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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MFowler More than 1 year ago
In 1942, eight Nazi German saboteurs were landed by submarine on New York and Florida beaches, along with bags full of explosives, detonators, and orders to try and disrupt some of American's vital defense industries before their full weight could be brought to bear against Germany. The bizarre saga of Operation Pastorius, the code name for the ambitious sabotage mission, is engagingly told by Michael Dobbs, who relies on a unique historical record for much of his information - the FBI file of the German-American saboteur who went to the federal agents and betrayed the entire mission, enabling the (nominally competent) roundup of the other seven. Adolf Hitler realized that once American's vast industrial might was fully ramped up, Germany would be beaten by sheer weight of numbers. The US thought that the oceans on each side of it offered adequate protection from serious attacks, and internal security was woefully inadequate. But the near comedy of errors that Dobbs highlights as the various saboteur team members are recruited makes it clear that Operation Pastorius is going to be a train wreck, all right, but not the kind that Hitler intended. An interesting and engaging telling of a little-known sidelight of World War II that few Americans are probably aware of, especially when it comes to the fate of six of the saboteurs.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This thoroughly researched, well written book rovides a unique perspective on WWII, and exposes what we should have learned, even then, as it parallels 9/11 in an uncanny way.