Saboteurs by Michael Dobbs
The Nazi Raid on America

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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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About Michael Dobbs

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Michael Dobbs is an active member of the House of Lords who has worked at the center of British politics for Margaret Thatcher, John Major, and now David Cameron. He is the author of numerous thrillers and historical novels, including Churchill's Triumph, Never Surrender, and Winston's War.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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their boss, who as early as 1942 was having his doubts about Hitler, regarded them as expendable, remarking to a lieutenant who expressed doubts that the sabotage operation could ever work, “Well, we will lose good Nazis then.” The agents made their way to America by U-boat, some landing smack in...

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The legal aspects of the case, clearly and simply explained, are echoed today, since the saboteurs' trial by a military tribunal, rather than a civil court, is a precedent for the impending trial of accused terrorists held at the prison in Guantanamo, Cuba.

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William Endicott Providence Journal 4 of 5 Stars "The drama, action and intrigue of this dangerous but failed mission provide one of the greatest stories of our time.

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In June 1942, German submarines landed two small groups of saboteurs on the U.S. coastline, one near Amagansett, Long Island, and the other near Jacksonville, Florida.

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