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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

Thomas Dunne Books

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. The actors in this great as-yet-untold story were often at odds with their respective governments. Working in the face of competing ideologies and at great personal risk, these unorthodox collaborators struggled to bring about an early peace.

By mining secret World War II files that were only recently declassified, as well as personal interviews, diaries, and previously unpublished accounts to unearth some of history’s surprises, Agostino von Hassell and Sigrid MacRae shed new light on Franklin Roosevelt's surprising stance toward Hitler before the U.S. 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 to at first 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.
New names and incredible wartime plots reveal the titanic power struggles that took place in Istanbul and Lisbon---cities crawling with spies. Intense, clandestine communications and spy rings come clear, as do the self-serving neutrality of Switzerland and Portugal and the shocking postwar scramble for German spies, scientists, and more, all to aid in the fight against a new enemy: communism.

Alliance of Enemies fills a huge void in our knowledge of the hidden, layered warfare---and the attempts for peace---of World War II. It will fascinate and excite historians, spy and policy enthusiasts, and anyone concerned with the uses of intelligence in trying times. Nowhere has such a complete and provocative history of the wars behind World War II  been told---until now.

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Chapter One 
1918-1936
Overtures to War
 
Mention of the Abwehr--the German military intelligence service--is likely to be met with a blank or questioning look. Mention Canaris, its enigmatic head from 1935 through the Hitler years until 1944, and eyes are likely to snap into focus. His veiled, secretive nature eluded definition; he was the perfect spy and his name stands for mystery and for the Abwehr itself. Of course, there was an Abwehr before Canaris. Germany's military intelligence service dates back to the imperial armed forces, but even now, largely because of Canaris,
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Praise for Alliance of Enemies:
 
"This is a landmark book that will revolutionize our thinking about many aspects of the war with Hitler's Germany."--Thomas Fleming, author of The New Dealers' War: FDR and the War Within World War II
 
"How significant was the anti-Hitler movement inside Germany? How many lives lost in World War II might have been spared had the Allies embraced rather than disdained this surprisingly wide-ranging resistance? The most compelling answer to date is to be found in this definitive and eminently readable history."--Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt' Secret War and Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour
 
"Alliance of Enemies is a superbly told book that further unearths a new chapter in the hidden history of the OSS. It should be essential reading for students of intelligence history and the general public who see the War on Terror flash across their television screens. This book is not only a great story but it also provides crucial context on the origins of our human intelligence sources and methods--something all too relevant in today's world."--Patrick O'Donnell,  author of We Were One: Shoulder to Shoulder with the Marines Who Took Fallujah

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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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