Fear Itself by Andrew Rosenheim
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Set in the tense and uncertain years before the Second World War, when America was still largely conflicted about entering the war on either side, Andrew Rosenheim’s thriller Fear Itself offers a rich depiction of history as it was—and as it might have been. Jimmy Nessheim, a young Special Agent in the fledgling FBI, is assigned to infiltrate a new German–American organization known as the Bund. Ardently pro-Nazi, the Bund is conspiring to sabotage American efforts against Adolf Hitler. But as Nessheim’s investigation takes him into the very heart of the Bund, it becomes increasingly clear that something far more sinister is at work, something that seems to lead directly to the White House. Drawn into the center of Washington’s high society, Nessheim finds himself caught up in a web of political intrigue and secret lives. But as he moves closer to the truth, an even more lethal plot emerges, one that could rewrite history.

With sharp wit and a keen eye for period details, Rosenheim fully immerses the reader in Depression-era America. He seamlessly weaves into the narrative larger-than-life figures such as J. Edgar Hoover, Clyde Tolson, and Lucy Mercer Rutherford, as well as historical events like the 1939 pro-Nazi rally held at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The first in a series chronicling Agent Nessheim’s adventures throughout the war, Fear Itself establishes Andrew Rosenheim as a spectacular new talent.

About Andrew Rosenheim

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ANDREW ROSENHEIM grew up in Chicago and in a small town in Michigan. He went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 1977 and has lived there ever since. For many years he worked in publishing, at Oxford University Press and Penguin Books among others, and is now a full-time writer. He is married with twin daughters.
Published October 25, 2012 by Overlook. 423 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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Buried deep inside some nice leafy American suburb is a nasty Nazi Manchurian candidate called Dreiländer—“he of three countries,” that is—who’s ready to pop up and work some mischief, and so Nessheim and his fellow G-men are, naturally, up against the clock.

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This top-notch historical thriller from Rosenheim (Stillriver), the first in a new series, introduces 26-year-old Jimmy Nessheim, an FBI agent in the Chicago field office.

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Dallas News

But it does create a credible dossier for this young agent and offers convincing portraits of the Nazis who wish to challenge America.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Alternate-history novels about the failure of the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration just wouldn’t cut it.) Which brings us to the fine novel being reviewed here, Fear Itself, by Andrew Rosenheim, which details a failed Nazi (of course!) plot to assassinate FDR in the scary days prior to W...

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