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"With 'the fate of civilization rested upon a handful of weary sailors and patriotic crooks,' Dezenhall intrigues with well-imagined, little-known history."--Kirkus Reviews
"In the fictional thriller, The Devil Himself, author Eric Dezenhall explores how keeping friends close and enemies closer turned out well for the U.S. Navy during FDR’s reign. In the heat of foreign terror, officials from the Reagan administration look back to the escapades of mobster Meyer Lansky, who, along with his posse, helped the Navy keep Nazis from invading the country."--DC Magazine
“The author has created a fascinating tale, a mixture of fact and creative fiction about military covert actions, espionage, and how the Mob, while breaking many of its laws, remains patriotic when its country is under threat. This is a brilliantly entertaining novel.”--Historical Novels Review
“Like the literary masters Len Deighton and Norman Spinrad, in The Devil Himself Washington insider Eric Dezenhall spins a whimsical ‘what if’ tale with an alternative perspective on World War II and even sends up flares into the Reagan era.”--James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor
"From an historical perspective, the book portrays yet another facet of a war and an era brimming with so many compelling and poignant personal stories."--OpenMarket.org
"A powerful story with fascinating characteriziations…captivating narration and dialogue."--Hadassah Magazine
Past Praise for Eric Dezenhall:
“[Dezenhall’s] superb eye and ear at times call to mind such masters of the journalistic novel as Tom Wolfe.” --Time
“[Dezenhall] keeps getting better with every novel.” --Booklist
“Dezenhall is the most mordantly funny writer not named Westlake.” --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Finally gives the Mafia what they need---a pollster to improve their image!" --Janet Evanovich
Eric Dezenhall is an author and damage control expert based in Washington, D.C. He is the CEO of Dezenhall Resources,a nationally recognized high stakes communications firm. He has appeared on network television and radio outlets including NPR, CNN, FOX, CNBC, and MSNBC as a damage control expert; and has been quoted in publications including Fortune, USA Today, Forbes and The Washington Post. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post.
Eric is the author of eight books, including two non-fiction texts on crisis communications and corporate witch hunts, entitled Damage Control (Portfolio, 2007) and Nail 'Em! (Prometheus Books, 1999). He is also the author of six novels: Money Wanders (St. Martin's, 2002), Jackie Disaster (Minotaur, 2003), Shakedown Beach (St. Martin's, 2004), Turnpike Flameout (St. Martin's, 2006) and Spinning Dixie (St. Martin's, 2007). His sixth novel, The Devil Himself (Thomas Dunne, St. Martin's), which deals with the collaboration between the U.S. Navy and organized crime during World War II to secure American ports from Nazi attack, will be published in July 2011.
As an investigative writer, Eric wrote articles about the newly discovered diaries of the late mobster Meyer Lansky, which appeared in The Los Angeles Times Syndicate, The Baltimore Sun, The New Republic and Ethical Corporation. A documentary he co-produced on organized crime aired on the Discovery Channel.
Eric is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he studied political science and the news media. He serves as a Trustee of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, an organization devoted to fostering educational and career opportunities for outstanding young African-American men. Eric was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. He lives near Washington, D.C., with his family.
A superb read. Kept my interest from start to finish. Recommend for those that like this genre. You will not be disappointed.Published 22 months ago by Vito
Another disturbingly sad reflection on the penetration of deceptive forces within our federal government. Extremely well written and probably more fact than fiction.Published on April 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It was hard to put this book down. The story was not only entertaining but it was also enlightening. An important part of the history of World War II.Published on December 17, 2011 by hobby fan
I'm a book addict when the days are long, hot and/or perilous outside. This summer's feasting was topped off by the surprising, well-crafted novel by Eric Dezenhall, which I read... Read morePublished on September 1, 2011 by E. Bruce Harrison
Eric Dezenhall's book The Devil Himself is a great read - for me a great summer read. The dialogue is tight, the characters well drawn, the plot exciting, and the observations... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer