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The Axmann Conspiracy: The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.S. Army Defeated It
     

The Axmann Conspiracy: The Nazi Plan for a Fourth Reich and How the U.S. Army Defeated It

by Scott Andrew Selby
 

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A trusted member of Hitler’s inner circle, Artur Axmann, the head of the Hitler Youth, witnessed the Führer commit suicide in Berlin—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

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A trusted member of Hitler’s inner circle, Artur Axmann, the head of the Hitler Youth, witnessed the Führer commit suicide in Berlin—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 the 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 previously untold 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.

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"The Axmann-Conspiracy is a well-documented history but reads like a thriller. In our troubled age, when anti-semitism is on the rise, this account of a would-be Fourth Reich and the men who foiled it is as timely as it is chilling and engrossing."-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

"The Axmann Conspiracy is a true story…never before told in such extraordinary detail. The Nazi plot to resurrect a Fourth Reich from the ashes of Berlin has all the elements of a great spy thriller."-Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, bestselling authors of The Monster of Florence

"Astonishing…Selby recounts this true story with the excitement, tension, and drama of a spy novel.- It is an authentic tour de force, done with great skill and accuracy."-Bevin Alexander, author of Inside the Nazi War Machine

"How many novelists have imagined some diabolical villain who seeks the resurrection of the Nazis? None do justice to the heart-thumping true story of Axmann and his aim to do just that…Selby recounts this history with zeal and narrative verve."-Neal Bascomb, author of Hunting Eichmann

"Gripping…With the deft hand of a skilled researcher, Scott Selby brings to life one of the lost stories of World War II. A must read."-Gregory A. Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500

"Parts of The Axmann Conspiracy read like something out of a LeCarre spy novel."-Jim DeFelice, author of Omar Bradley: General at War

"A fascinating true story of insurgent Nazism with characters and twists as engrossing as any espionage novel."-Matthew Pearl, author of The Poe Shadow

Library Journal
This book details a successful operation by the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps (CIC) in postwar Germany. Selby (coauthor, Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History) refers to a cabal of former Nazi officials who conspired to form a political movement and, he contends, sought to resurrect the Third Reich. Unfortunately, the book never quite makes good on its promise. The conspiracy seems to have been rather thin, half-hearted and disorganized, easily infiltrated by CIC, and no real threat to the postwar order. Artur Axmann, the Nazi fugitive whose name is in the book's title, barely figures in the actual drama until his capture at the end of the account. In its favor, Selby uses some German primary sources (perhaps uncritically), and records of the CIC investigation. VERDICT The book is well paced; the story is colorful, and the author conveys the havoc of occupied Germany immediately after World War II. Selby does his utmost to deliver a cracking yarn and can be entertaining, but some readers may find that the title oversells its premise.—RF
Kirkus Reviews
An entertaining account of a last-gasp Nazi effort. The director of Hitler Youth escaped Hitler's bunker after his suicide and attempted to organize a postwar Nazi underground movement. He did not succeed. Selby's (co-author: Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History, 2010) narrative is partly a dual biography of Artur Axmann (1913-96), an important Nazi official, and Jack Hunter (1921–2009), the American counterintelligence officer who tracked him. Mostly, the book is a procedural. The author follows Hunter, other American operatives and their German undercover workers as they investigate, infiltrate and, finally, after less than a year, round up Axmann and several dozen members of a trucking firm that employed a remarkable number of ex-Youth personnel but did not otherwise seem threatening. While the book's title is wildly hyperbolic, contemporaries without the benefit of hindsight had to deal with Joseph Goebbels' fiery 1945 warnings that loyal Nazis would retreat to a well-stocked fortress and fight on until the Allies tired of occupying the Reich. This "operation werewolf" was never more than rhetoric, and Axmann quickly dropped plans for violent resistance. His group planned to build a commercial organization whose income and influence would support a revived Nazi party after the occupation. Most of those arrested were tried, imprisoned for a few years, and then released to live out their lives in a prospering West Germany. Although this was a tempest in a teapot, readers will enjoy Selby's account of a hitherto-obscure Nazi plot and the energetic counterintelligence that foiled it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425252703
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Praise for The Axmann Conspiracy

"The Axmann Conspiracy is a well-documented history but reads like a thriller. In our troubled age, when anti-semitism is on the rise, this account of a would-be Fourth Reich and the men who foiled it is as timely as it is chilling and engrossing.”—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

The Axmann Conspiracy is a true story…never before told in such extraordinary detail. The Nazi plot to resurrect a Fourth Reich from the ashes of Berlin has all the elements of a great spy thriller.”—Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi, bestselling authors of The Monster of Florence

“Astonishing…Selby recounts this true story with the excitement, tension, and drama of a spy novel. It is an authentic tour de force, done with great skill and accuracy.”—Bevin Alexander, author of Inside the Nazi War Machine

“How many novelists have imagined some diabolical villain who seeks the resurrection of the Nazis? None do justice to the heart-thumping true story of Axmann and his aim to do just that…Selby recounts this history with zeal and narrative verve.”—Neal Bascomb, author of Hunting Eichmann

“Gripping…With the deft hand of a skilled researcher, Scott Selby brings to life one of the lost stories of World War II. A must read.”—Gregory A. Freeman, author of The Forgotten 500

“Parts of The Axmann Conspiracy read like something out of a LeCarré spy novel.”—Jim DeFelice, author of Omar Bradley: General at War

“A fascinating true story of insurgent Nazism with characters and twists as engrossing as any espionage novel.”—Matthew Pearl, author of The Poe Shadow

Meet the Author

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

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