Shadow Enemies: Hitler's Secret Terrorist Plot Against the United States

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Globe Pequot, Dec 1, 2003 - History - 320 pages
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Here is the incredible true story of one of Adolf Hitler's most diabolical plans: to wreak havoc and terror in America's cities through the hands of carefully trained German agents whose goal was to sabotage manufacturing plants, cut off New York's water supply, and bomb train stations and Jewish-owned department stores. SHADOW ENEMIES follows the incredible facts of this episode, from the recruitment and training of the agents to their landing on the shores of New York and Florida and their successful infiltration into American society, and from there to the desperate attempts of the FBI to apprehend them before they could put their plans into effect. With exclusive access to previously classified material, the authors of SHADOW ENEMIES present a unique account that not only follows the unfolding of the plot, but also affords a glimpse of the motives and fears of a key member of the Nazi cell.

Equally fascinating is the second part of the story. Fearful that a civilian jury might find the defendants innocent, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered that, since the agents had been captured in the act of espionage during wartime, they had no civil rights and could therefore be tried by a hitherto unknown military tribunal. The resulting trial led to the execution of six of the eight conspirators only two months after their arrest.

SHADOW ENEMIES is not only an astonishing World War II story, but it also examines pertinent questions of civil rights, justice, and how wartime necessity affects these central principles of American life.

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ALEX ABELLA is the author of The New York Times Notable Book The Killing of the Saints, The Great American, and other novels. A journalist and Emmy-nominated TV producer, he is currently a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times.

SCOTT GORDON is a commissioner with the Los Angeles County Superior Court and a professor of law at the Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He is a nationally renowned expert on domestic violence and was a member of the prosecution team in the case of People vs. Orenthal James Simpson.

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