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Sabotage at Black Tom: Imperial Germany's Secret War in America, 1914-1917 Hardcover – May, 1989

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; First Edition edition (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912697989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912697987
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jules Witcover is one of the most distinguished and recognized of the veteran Washington correspondents. A former political columnist for the Baltimore Sun, he is the author of numerous books, including 85 Days: The Last Campaign of Robert Kennedy, Very Strange Bedfellows: The Short and Unhappy Marriage of Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, The Party of the People: A History of the Democrats, and The Year the Dream Died: Revisiting 1968 in America.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2009
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In a recent research visit to New York, I was amazed that no one I spoke to had heard of the Black Tom disaster. In scale, it was bigger than 9/11. Deliberately, however, the German saboteurs chose to blow up the ammunition and explosives terminal in 1916 early on a Sunday morning when there were few workers round. The explosion took out most of the glass on the rising buildings of the east side, peppered the Statue of Liberty and laid waste to everything about a mile around on the New Jersey waterfront. Officially, there were only four or five casualties. Unofficially, the figure is about 200, taking into acocunt the illegals and day-paid workers who lived on barges on the Hudson. Witcover was able to access original sources and made good use of them. I note that now the CIA has published its own account of the disaster, pointing out that 9/11 was not alone - and could happen again in some other form. Will it be long before 9/11 also slips the public mind ? A truly excellent - but neglected - contribution from Jules Witcover.
John Stackhouse
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kyle F. Mcgrogan on December 16, 2012
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Most folks will not realize that Liberty Park, opposite the Statue of Liberty, is the site of one of the greatest espionage cases in World History, when a munitions terminal was taken off the face of the earth by german spies.... Austin Powers nr James Bond seemed to have been tought of, and America sailed into supplying the Allies with trainloads of explosives, improperly stored, and poorly guarded. Does this sound familiar? vYes will be your likely answer after reading this book! It reaffirms that the price of OUR freedom is always to be eternally vigilant! Septermeber 1st, 2001 reaffirmed it.

A book worth a spot on your bookshelf.
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