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In Between the Alps and a Hard Place, Professor Angelo M. Codevilla reveals how the true history of the Swiss in World War II has been buried beneath a modern campaign of moral blackmail that has accused Switzerland of secretly supporting Nazi Germany and sharing culpability for the Holocaust. Codevillawho practiced real-life, hardball foreign policy as an intelligence adviser in the U.S. Senateoffers a primer on the realities of power politics, using the Swiss experience in World War II to illuminate the workings of the balance of power, military deterrence, economic leverage, and subversion.
But more, he exposes how current American leaders are ignoring the realities of international affairs by putting domestic politics and political payoffs ahead of the national interest.
In the context of World War II, Codevilla shows how tiny Switzerland successfully fended off an Axis war machine thirty times its strength and simultaneously made itself available as a lifeboat to Jewish and other ethnic refugees. The Swiss recognized that military power is the foundation of international relations, and they deterred a Nazi invasion by keeping their country more valuable to the Germans as a free nation than as a conquered one.
Codevilla documents how the anti-Swiss campaign offered no evidence for its shocking claims but still managed to shake down two of the largest banks of a friendly power for $1.25 billion. The campaign set a terrible precedent, whereby a powerful domestic interest groupand major donor to the Clinton-Gore administrationharnessed the power of the U.S. government to grossly distort history and secure a financial windfall. In the process, the larger interests of the United States were subverted for the sake of a favorite domestic constituency of the ruling party.
Between the Alps and a Hard Place is both thrilling World War II history and an exposé of the shameful selling of historical truth and American foreign policy for political gain.
Angelo M. Codevilla is a professor of international relations at Boston University. He has been a U.S. Naval officer, a U.S. Foreign Service officer, a senior staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and a senior research fellow at Stanford Universitys Hoover Institution. His books include Informing Statecraft, War: Ends and Means (with Paul Seabury), and The Character of Nations. He lives in Dubois, Wyoming, and Wayland, Massachusetts.
The first 75% of the book was real interesting giving a good account of the problem of Switzerland during World War II but the last 25% were very boring it did not capture my... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Elio Morris
Open to easy invasion by Nazi Germany, Switzerland remained free and neutral throughout WWII by an amazing political and economic balancing act. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Stephen Geller
A remarkably well written description of the challenges of remaining neutral when outnumbered and outgunned 30 to 1 during WWII interwoven with the intricacies of doing business in... Read morePublished on August 20, 2009 by Demosthenes
I found the 2000 hardback in a garage sale in the Pacific Islands. It was like new and had apparently never been read (too bad), judging from the unbroken spine and no markings on... Read morePublished on May 22, 2009 by Joseph H. Race
Not only is this a detailed history of Swiss involvement in WWII, but a disturbing expose of the role that special interest groups have come to play in American politics. Read morePublished on August 23, 2008 by P.K. Ryan
~Between the Alps & A Hard Place: Switzerland in World War II and Moral Blackmail Today~ is a energetic defense of the Swiss and their role as a non-belligerent neutral power in... Read morePublished on April 23, 2005 by Ryan Setliff
An excellent book, made more believeable by polling the recollections of those I know who lived through the WWII period.Published on May 3, 2003 by J. Kloepping
This is an excellent book for setting straight the misleading publicity Switzerland suffered during the unfortunate turmoil about reparations begun by a well known U.S. Senator. Read morePublished on September 5, 2002
BETWEEN THE ALPS AND A HARD PLACE sets the record straight regarding the myth of Swiss collaboration with the Nazis during WWII. Read morePublished on August 11, 2002 by KENNETH R DUNN JR