Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America Book

Saboteurs: The Nazi Raid on America by Michael Dobbs (journalist)

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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.

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Michael Dobbs (journalist)

A book by Michael Dobbs (journalist)

Michael Dobbs (English Michae Dobbs ) Anglo-American journalist and publicist. Born 1950 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, graduated from York University in 1972, BA in Economic and Social History, studied at Princeton and Harvard. Became a US citizen in 2010. Dobbs spent most of his career as a foreign correspondent, working in Rome for the Reuters news agency (1974-1975), in Africa as a freelancer (1976), and as a special correspondent in Belgrade (1977-1980). In 1980 he joined The Washington Post when he was appointed Chief of the Bureau in Eastern Europe (1980-1981), located in Warsaw. He was also bureau chief in Paris (1982-1986) and Moscow (1988-1993). Michael Dobbs was Visiting Professor in the Department of Communications Research at the University of Michigan (2010-2011) and also taught at Princeton University. Researcher at the United States Holocaust Museum. Michael Dobbs, author of House of Cards, is a distant relative.

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