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Target: America: Hitler's Plan to Attack the United States Paperback – August 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592289347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592289349
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,265,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Duffy's work discusses Axis aspirations to attack the continental U.S. Its virtue lies partly in its collection of dispersed information into one volume and partly in the speculation of what was in store for America had Hitler defeated the Soviet Union. His most immediate means of attack (in addition to the submarine campaign that devastated East Coast shipping) would have been transatlantic bombers, of which the Germans built perhaps a dozen prototypes and about which a technical report was compiled in early 1942. The report "has never been published and examined in detail before," asserts the author, probably precisely accurate though his footnotes about the report cite histories published in the 1970s. At any rate, the report forms the backbone of Duffy's presentation, expanded by the author's commentary on the German failure to build the bombers. Elsewhere, Duffy delves into alternate schemes of attack. Engrossing coverage for readers interested in the weaponry what-ifs of World War II. Gilbert Taylor
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"Engrossing coverage for readers interested in the weaponry what-ifs of World War II." Booklist

"A solid analysis of Hitler's wartime plans to invade the United States." World War II magazine

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Richie on October 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Well-written and illustrated, Duffy's book is a readable introduction to the varied plans of both Germany and Italy to attack the United States from a distance during the Second World War. The book is wide-ranging, though lacking in some detail at points. However, there are endnotes and a bibliography (which also lists some websites), so the advanced reader can investigate further.

This was a fairly easy read, with decent illustrations to help the reader picture in his/her mind the various plans and vehicles that the Axis had in its plans.

A good introduction to this topic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on April 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book serves to bring ALL the projects Germany was working on in order to attack the United States and possibly knock it out of the war. This includes long-range bombers (which Germany easily had the technical know-how to build), advanced rockets, saboteurs, submarine attacks, etc. The book does not go deep into all the projects and the illustrations give the impression that the book is almost entirely about the bomber option. The book refers to a map that was recently discovered which illustrated possible air routes for bombing attacks outside Europe but this is not included. Nonetheless, a good effort on a subject which is rarely looked at today.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
While it can't completely resolve the mystery, it does lend many insights. James P. Duffy's TARGET AMERICA: HITLER'S PLAN TO ATTACK THE UNITED STATES argues that Hitler intended to bring war to America once he'd succeeded fully in Europe: for the first time Hitler's plans for worldwide offensives using his new secret weapons are revealed, with chapters recounting other Axis schemes for attack and how planners considered various options for conquest.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. harshbarger on April 4, 2007
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This is an interesting book that deals with the different technologies that both the Germans and Italians were attempting to use in their quest to bring the war to the USA mainland.I learned what the Italians had to offer was more surprising than you might think.
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