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A gripping tale of the little-known Nazi plot to attack on American soil, and the brave individuals who got in the way. In 1942, amid a growing German threat, Nazi agents infiltrated the United States in hopes of destroying American infrastructure and sowing panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for A gripping tale of the little-known Nazi plot to attack on American soil, and the brave individuals who got in the way. In 1942, amid a growing German threat, Nazi agents infiltrated the United States in hopes of destroying American infrastructure and sowing panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for young readers for the first time. Black-and-white historical photos throughout paint a picture of a nation on edge, the FBI caught unawares, and the incredible capture of eight dangerous criminals. A thrilling historical narrative for WWII buffs, reluctant readers, and adventure junkies.


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A gripping tale of the little-known Nazi plot to attack on American soil, and the brave individuals who got in the way. In 1942, amid a growing German threat, Nazi agents infiltrated the United States in hopes of destroying American infrastructure and sowing panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for A gripping tale of the little-known Nazi plot to attack on American soil, and the brave individuals who got in the way. In 1942, amid a growing German threat, Nazi agents infiltrated the United States in hopes of destroying American infrastructure and sowing panic throughout the nation. Nazi Saboteurs tells the nail-biting tale of this daring plot, buried in history, for young readers for the first time. Black-and-white historical photos throughout paint a picture of a nation on edge, the FBI caught unawares, and the incredible capture of eight dangerous criminals. A thrilling historical narrative for WWII buffs, reluctant readers, and adventure junkies.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus During WWII, the Nazis planned sabotage attacks on a variety of US manufacturing, transportation and other locations that were crucial to the US war effort. Due to human error and frailty, these were never made. Seiple follows the plans of George Dasch and his compatriots in a tale that should have been made into a 1960s WWII comedy (yes, this was actually a thing, youngsters) starring Werner Klemperer, Roy Kinnear, and Arte Johnson. Dasch was born in Germany, but E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus During WWII, the Nazis planned sabotage attacks on a variety of US manufacturing, transportation and other locations that were crucial to the US war effort. Due to human error and frailty, these were never made. Seiple follows the plans of George Dasch and his compatriots in a tale that should have been made into a 1960s WWII comedy (yes, this was actually a thing, youngsters) starring Werner Klemperer, Roy Kinnear, and Arte Johnson. Dasch was born in Germany, but lived for twenty years in the US. He was disgruntled; even though his parents sacrificed so that he could get a good education, the best work he could find in the US was as a waiter. When the war was percolating, he decided to return to Germany and find a way to make himself useful to the government because he preferred to support Germany rather than the US in the war. However, it didn't take long for him to realize that the Nazis were very evil. He continued with the plans, hoping to somehow use his German connections to better his situation in the US. The men who worked with him all had their own reasons for joining, but none of them trusted each other. From the time the U Boat dropped them off on the coast, things went wrong. They managed to bury boxes of explosives, but left a trail of evidence everywhere. They were also spotted by a civil defense worker whom Dasch should have killed but didn't. They managed to take a train to New York City, where they stayed in luxury hotels and went on shopping sprees and had lunch at fancy places. Dasch realized that they weren't going to be able to go through with their sabotage, so tried to find a way to make things better for himself, which oddly did not involve just running off with the money to a small town in Iowa and spending his life there, which is what I would have done! The comedy of errors continued. Eventually, the entire group was captured and sent to trial, with six of the eight men involved being executed for being spies in a controversial move that denied them a civil trial. This was important when the US had to deal with the perpetrators of 9/11. This is a fascinating book that covers a little known facet of WWII. It will appeal to a number of readers, and, like all of Seiple's books, is fast paced, short, and easy to read. I did get bogged down in the middle with the ways that all eight men were apprehended, but it was fun to read about their shopping sprees and antics in New York. An automat! We may have a lot of cool technology now, but I wish there were still automats! Definitely purchasing this title

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This detailed and infinitely readable account of how eight men tried and failed to sabotage various targets that Germany considered essential to the welfare of the United States is fascinating. Not only were these sabotage efforts interesting just in being considered, but the author does a remarkable job of pointing out the human frailties that resulted in their failure. Much planning, training, and recruiting went into preparing eight men with ties to the United States but loyalty to Germany to This detailed and infinitely readable account of how eight men tried and failed to sabotage various targets that Germany considered essential to the welfare of the United States is fascinating. Not only were these sabotage efforts interesting just in being considered, but the author does a remarkable job of pointing out the human frailties that resulted in their failure. Much planning, training, and recruiting went into preparing eight men with ties to the United States but loyalty to Germany to land on American soil and infiltrate the country. Things went wrong from the first as the first team landed in Amagansett, New York, where its leader immediately ran into someone from the Coast Guard. He decided not to kill the man and directed his crew to bury the explosives they brought with them. Things went from bad to worse as the explosives were discovered, and the team's leader, George Dasch, eventually decided to turn on his compatriots, going to the FBI with his information Dasch apparently wanted to have things both ways and be seen as a hero to the United States when he was clearly a leader in the sabotage plot. The fate of the men was determined by a military tribunal, and six of them were sentenced to death. I was particularly saddened by how Herbert Haupt, one of the men, drew his unwitting family into the plot. The author makes this story from 1942 particularly relevant by discussing how the U.S. government chose to try the men involved in the Twin Towers bombings. There are plenty of photographs included, and readers will be amused by how the plot fell apart due to mistrust among the would-be saboteurs, and how they dithered around, buying clothing, and dining out as they tried to blend in and look like average Americans. Parts of the story amused me while other elements made me think about what might have happened had their efforts succeeded.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa B.

    This book is written for teens, and the author does a good job explaining concepts that people new to this topic may not know. I had never heard of this story before. Eight men who are in difficult situations in Nazi Germany (one was in a concentration camp for speaking out against the government) are tapped to go to the United States and blow up factories essential to the war effort. All of the men have spent a large amount of time in the U.S. and are familiar with the culture and language. From This book is written for teens, and the author does a good job explaining concepts that people new to this topic may not know. I had never heard of this story before. Eight men who are in difficult situations in Nazi Germany (one was in a concentration camp for speaking out against the government) are tapped to go to the United States and blow up factories essential to the war effort. All of the men have spent a large amount of time in the U.S. and are familiar with the culture and language. From the beginning, the entire project was doomed. When four of the men land on American soil, they are caught by a Coast Guard officer. Though they are told to kill anyone who interferes with the mission, the ring leader, Dasch, gives the Coast Guard officer money instead and lets him go. Later, one of the men goes to the FBI to tell all he knows, and the mission unravels in historic ways.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    In 1942, a group of German agents landed on the east coast of America, intent on spreading trouble - by disabling transportation and manufacturing and other organizations important in the US war effort. However, one thing after another went wrong and the mission was a failure. I had no idea! What an exciting read! I did a lot of shaking my head at the stupidity, by both Americans and Germans. I loved the details of their meals, the shopping trips, the fancy clothes and hotel stays. Includes an In 1942, a group of German agents landed on the east coast of America, intent on spreading trouble - by disabling transportation and manufacturing and other organizations important in the US war effort. However, one thing after another went wrong and the mission was a failure. I had no idea! What an exciting read! I did a lot of shaking my head at the stupidity, by both Americans and Germans. I loved the details of their meals, the shopping trips, the fancy clothes and hotel stays. Includes an epilogue showing how this story influenced decisions after the 9-11 attack, sources including declassified government documents, books and websites. For this and more of my reviews, visit http://kissthebook,.blogspot.com . CHECK IT OUT!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Very interesting. I had never heard this story before, so I definitely enjoyed learning more about these saboteurs. I didn't love that the pictures and short biographies of the 8 saboteurs didn't fall until the end of part 1, so I definitely peeked ahead. (I was having trouble keeping them all straight, plus the narrative mentioned that two looked a lot alike, and I was curious which two they were.) I think this story is well told, and I have already booktalked and recommended this one to some Very interesting. I had never heard this story before, so I definitely enjoyed learning more about these saboteurs. I didn't love that the pictures and short biographies of the 8 saboteurs didn't fall until the end of part 1, so I definitely peeked ahead. (I was having trouble keeping them all straight, plus the narrative mentioned that two looked a lot alike, and I was curious which two they were.) I think this story is well told, and I have already booktalked and recommended this one to some middle school readers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wes Robertson

    Brief introduction to this part of the war. Not extremely engaging and only somewhat informative. Seemed to build up to a political stance on the injustice and mistreatment of potential terrorists rather than provide deep insight on the saboteurs, their targets, and/or actions (rather the lack thereof). It is a very quick read which is its saving grace.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    940.54874 S461 2019

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    Probably 3.5 stars. A very interesting read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Subbert

    This book is very interesting and gives a detailed account of the event and the individuals involved.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Genetta

    This captivating book reads like a novel but exposes the true plot by Hitler to attack the US from within by sending saboteurs to destroy America's infrastructure and incite fear in her people.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    How did I not know about this before? Interesting story. I like that it's written at a level where my students will understand, but doesn't talk down to them.

  12. 4 out of 5

    PWRL

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  13. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Good for middle school to high school students of history.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    Though presenting a fascinating topic, the book gets bogged down toward the middle with too many details about the men in limbo in the United States as they didnt trust each other and needed to build their lives and relationships before attempting any sabotage. Truthfully, Dasch was reporting on the others in order to help the FBI arrest them and make himself be seen as a hero. Clear pictures arent painted of all the key players, making them easy to mix up in the readers mind. Still, the writing Though presenting a fascinating topic, the book gets bogged down toward the middle with too many details about the men “in limbo” in the United States as they didn’t trust each other and needed to build their lives and relationships before attempting any sabotage. Truthfully, Dasch was reporting on the others in order to help the FBI arrest them and make himself be seen as a hero. Clear pictures aren’t painted of all the key players, making them easy to mix up in the reader’s mind. Still, the writing style is clear with many interesting details. Recommended for true history buffs in grades 5-7.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla

  16. 5 out of 5

    Holly

  17. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cameron

  19. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Rothert

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shilo

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Murphy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Joni Carlton

  25. 4 out of 5

    John

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 4 out of 5

    Sara Wittlief

  28. 4 out of 5

    Steve Devitt

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruby Teresa

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