In the late 1930s, the German–American Bund, led by its popinjay dictator Fritz Kuhn, was a small but powerful national movement in pre-World War II America, determined to conquer the United States government with a fascist dictatorship. They met in private social halls and beer garden backrooms, gathered at private resorts and public rallies, developed their own version of the SS and Hitler Youth, published a national newspaper and—for a brief moment of their own imagined glory—seemed poised to make an impact on American politics.
But while the American Nazi leadership dreamed of their Swastika Nation, an amalgamation of politicians, a rising legal star, an ego-charged newspaper columnist, and denizens of the criminal underworld utilized their respective means and muscle to bring down the movement and its dreams of a United Reich States.
Swastika Nation by Arnie Bernstein is a story of bad guys, good guys, and a few guys who fell somewhere in-between. The rise and fall of Fritz Kuhn and his German-American Bund at the hands of these disparate fighters is a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing, and always compelling story from start to finish.
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...disturbing story of the pro-Nazi movement that grew in 1930s America...A story of disgusting people doing disgusting things, told with relish and undisguised disdain.Read Full Review of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn a... | See more reviews from Kirkus
Bernstein manages to present a fresh account of a well-documented era, and the egotistical, philandering, and deluded Kuhn makes a great and detestable star.Read Full Review of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn a... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
The author does not hide his disdain from the subject of the book, a bunch of ugly people doing ugly things. The book nonetheless covers a fascinating chapter in American history, showing how a fringe group can take the ideals this nation was founded on and manipulate them for their own purposes.Read Full Review of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn a... | See more reviews from Blog Critics
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