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Nazi Gold: The Sensational Story of the World's Greatest Robbery - and the Greatest Criminal Cover-Up Paperback – September 18, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (September 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840187859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840187854
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 4.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reads like the sleazy world described in Graham Greene's Third Man with several noughts added to the transactions" Daily Express "A major feat of detection ... a remarkable story ... the murky post-war world of racketeering and corruption ... it is all here ... they have solved the mystery as far as anyone could solve it" Birmingham Post "A riveting thriller-style account of what happened to the Nazi gold hoard" The Guardian

About the Author

Ian Sayer is a transport executive and one-time truck driver and insurance clerk. His interest in Nazi gold was first aroused by the Guinness Book of Records' account of the greatest robbery of all time. He began his extensive search for this book back in 1974. Douglas Botting is a writer whose previous books reflect his interest in travel, exploration and twentieth century war. These include Aftermath in Europe, In the Ruins of the Reich and Gavin Maxwell: A Life.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ira M. Siegel on December 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book alleges that about US$2.5 billion worth of German treasure (in gold and various currencies valued in 1983 or 1984 dollars) was stolen at the end of WW II, the overwhelming majority of which was purportedly stolen by Soviets or Nazis before there was any American involvement (apart from participating in the aerial bombing of Berlin). But, the book lavishes attention almost only on (i) the part allegedly stolen with American complicity and (ii) alleged crime and corruption in the American-controlled post-war Bavaria. But here is the kicker. The book is horrendously disorganized, full of repetitions, stuffed with "teasers" such as on local news shows, and replete with innuendo (sometimes even contradicted within the book itself), and its deus ex machina is "cover up." Maybe the alleged thefts and crimes did occur, and maybe Sayer and Botting stumbled onto a story which could have been interesting. Unfortunately for this reader, Sayer and Botting did not deliver on their promise to tell us what did happen to the treasure (other than purportedly disappearing) and what they did tell, they told poorly. My comments relate to the 1984 (or is it 1985?) version of the book. I do not know if there is a newer, improved version of the book. If there isn't, I'd recommend spending your time and money elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ivan on March 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a interesting book detailing the confusion and chaotic period after the war. The big negative of the book to me was the lack of footnoting through the book; I just don't like that. I frequently wanted to check the author's sources, but checking them at the book is difficult at best, as the facts were not footnoted, but chunked in chapter sections at the back of the book.

Several reviewers spoke of the 2.5 billion number, but really the numbers are just staggering approaching 500 billion in stolen gold, silver, and platinum bars, plus gold coins, art, jewels, and a vast array of mostly unnamed European treasures.Then you need to consider the fortunes in war materials that have special value on the Black Market, items like morphine, which could be monetized quickly in a chaotic post war reality.

Some points of the book seem to contradict other parts, almost like the chapters were written by different people. Early in the book the author talks about a mysterious Capt. Neuman of the 3rd U.S. Army being a mystery man, then later seems to confirm his existence.

The other reviewers criticize this book and the author as disorganized, but I think that is unfair. The book is complex and holds lots of information, that requires attention to fine details, and concentration.

Over all I found the book fascinating, just to think of the possibilities, and human nature. But nothing seems to be proven with any definite proof, but reading it was entertaining.People can be truly amazing when large amounts of money are involved.

I liked it, but I would not say it is an easy read.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By agoldnyc on February 28, 2005
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I've just finished reading this. Anecdotal evidence suggests fraud was widespread among our troops in postwar Germany, but the allegations of wholesale drug dealing, radium smuggling, trading in "concentration camp gold" (which might still contain a molar or two). . . all of this is a lot more than I've heard elsewhere.

This is the story of billions of dollars in bullion and currency that were looted after the USAF bombed Hitler's bank. Money was looted mostly by Americans in collaboration with Germans, but Russians also got a chunk.

The authors are British and the scandal is wholly America.

As I say above -- it needs corroboration, but is provocative.

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By frank garrity on July 20, 2014
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Great book, I depth detail, I ' glad I bought it.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Factual Hunter on April 13, 2011
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The horrors of the NAZI'S AS YOU WILL SEE IN THIS BOOK IN THEIR OWN WAY SURPASS MUCH OF WHAT tHE Nazi's did in WW2. Missing ( as youll see clearly STOLEN) by U.S. military and civilians Germans and Allied participants from Privates to Generals. literally Billions upon Billions of Dollars worth of gold gold coins silver coins and bouillion Art treasures rare furnishings and every other type of valueables stolen and never recovered. but the worst horrors to me is the fact that to this day the top guns in our government as well as other allied governments continue yes CONTINUE this cover up where no one was even arrested much less convicted for this disgusting series of what truly is The Greatest Robbery in History.
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