The Axmann Conspiracy

The Axmann Conspiracy

by Scott Andrew Selby


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The Axmann Conspiracy by Scott Andrew Selby

Berlin, 1945: Artur Axmann—a trusted member of Hitler’s inner circle and leader of the Hitler Youth—witnesses the Führer commit suicide.

But he would not let the Reich die with its leader . . .

Evading capture, and with access to remnants of the regime’s wealth, Axmann had enough followers to reestablish the Nazi party in the very heart of Allied-occupied Germany—and position himself to become dictator of a Fourth Reich.

U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps Officer Jack Hunter was the perfect undercover operative. Fluent in German, he posed as a black marketeer to root out Nazi sympathizers and saboteurs after the war, and along with other CIC agents uncovered the extent of Axmann’s conspiracy. It threatened to bring the Nazis back into power—and the task fell to Hunter and his team to stop it.

The Axmann Conspiracy is the true story of the Nazi threat that continued in the wake of World War II, the espionage that defeated it, and two fascinating men whose lives forever altered the course of history.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425253687
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,221,004
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Scott Andrew Selby is a coauthor of Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History. He has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a master’s degree in Human Rights and Intellectual Property from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at Sweden’s Lund University, as well as a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Theories of American Culture from UC Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Map of Axmann's Breakout from the Bunker xi

Chronology of Background Events xiii

Dramatis Personae xvii

Prologue: Hitler's Bunker 1

1 Breakout 13

2 Joining the CIC 43

3 Death Throes of the Third Reich 54

4 Zero Hour 73

5 The Informant 85

6 Operation Nursery 103

7 The First Arrests 117

8 Life in Occupied Germany 135

9 Upper and Lower Bavarian Groups 147

10 Face-to-Face 160

11 Expansion 174

12 The Setup 188

13 Capture 204

14 The Roundup 212

Epilogue 230

Acknowledgments 241

For Further Reading 243

Abbreviations 245

Notes 247

Index 281

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“All the elements of a great spy thriller.”—Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, bestselling authors of The Monster of Florence

“Reads like a thriller . . . As timely as it is chilling and engrossing.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz

“Selby’s account, of the soulless Nazi fanatics who slithered about the ruins of Germany seeking not survival but resurgence and restoration, unfolds as if in real time, vivid and chilling.”—Hugh Ambrose, author of The Pacific

“Astonishing . . . An authentic tour de force, done with great skill and accuracy.”—Bevin Alexander, author of Inside the Nazi War Machine

“An entertaining account of a last-gasp Nazi effort . . . Readers will enjoy Selby’s account of a hitherto-obscure Nazi plot and the energetic counterintelligence that foiled it.”—Kirkus Reviews

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