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Alliance of Enemies

The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II

Agostino von Hassell and Sigrid MacRae, with Simone Ameskamp

St. Martin's Griffin

Alliance of Enemies tells the thrilling history of the secret World War II relationship between Nazi Germany's espionage service, the Abwehr, and the American OSS, predecessor of the CIA. 

By mining secret WWII files only recently declassified, personal interviews, diaries, and previously unpublished accounts to unearth some of history’s surprises, authors von Hassell and MacRae shed new light on Franklin Roosevelt’s surprising stance toward Hitler before the United States entered the war, and on the relationship of American business to the Third Reich. They offer vivid details on the German resistance’s desperate efforts first to avert war and then to make common cause with enemy representatives to end it. And their work details the scope and depth of German resistance and its many plots to eliminate Hitler and why they failed.

Alliance of Enemies fills a huge void in our knowledge of the hidden, layered warfare—and the attempts for peace---of World War II. Nowhere has such a complete and provocative history of the wars behind WWII been told---until now.

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Disentangling war is a thorny business. The strands of motive and hostility that go into making it are brought together slowly. Only over the years does ancient animus join with ambitions, slights—real or imagined—to attain an easily ignited critical mass. World War II was no exception,
World War I left a bitter legacy. When the victors met at Versailles in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson’s good intentions and Fourteen Points notwithstanding, France’s representative, Georges Clemenceau, managed to exact Carthaginian terms. They were terms the German representative
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  • Agostino von Hassell and Sigrid MacRae, with Simone Ameskamp

  • Agostino von Hassell has written about the U.S. Marine Corps, West Point, and military food. He taught classes on counterterrorism with a heavy emphasis on intelligence issues at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He runs a consulting group in New York engaged in national security issues and trade problems. His grandfather Ulrich von Hassell was one of the participants in the July 20, 1944, plot. Sigrid MacRae graduated from Columbia University and has been an editor and translator. She writes on history and art and lives in New York.
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    Alliance of Enemies

    The Untold Story of the Secret American and German Collaboration to End World War II

    Agostino von Hassell and Sigrid MacRae, with Simone Ameskamp

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