Blowback: America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War

Christopher Simpson, Author Grove/Atlantic $19.95 (398p) ISBN 978-1-55584-106-5
The postwar recruitment of Nazis and collaborators by agencies of the U.S. government stemmed, the author illustrates, from intense East-West competition after the German surrender, prodded by the prospect of war between the superpowers. Simpson, a freelance journalist, reveals that many covert operations of the early Cold War era involved the use of operatives known to have committed crimes against humanity during the Second World War. The underlying theme here is the corruption of American ideals in connection with this hushed-up recruitment policy in the name of anticommunism. In elaborating the policy's ""negative blowback,'' Simpson emphasizes the long-term corrosive effect on American intelligence agencies in particular. (March)
Reviewed on: 04/01/1988
Release date: 04/01/1988
Paperback - 398 pages - 978-0-02-044995-9
Hardcover - 978-0-517-11009-6
Ebook - 407 pages - 978-1-4976-2306-4
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