From Library Journal Focusing on the period immediately before Pearl Harbor and on the first year of U.S. involvement in the war, MacDonnell (Emigrants from Ireland to America, 1735-1743, Genealogy Pubs., 1992) considers the threat to America from within by fifth-column tactics. Americans were keenly aware that such tactics were used by Hitler in Europe as country after country fell to the Nazis. MacDonnell explores in detail how much of Hitler's early success was due to the fifth column and how much was due to military skill. He also analyzes German espionage and propaganda efforts in the United States and the reaction of Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover to these threats. Carefully researched and documented, this work offers an interesting historical view of an emotional and tense time in our history. A valuable source for those interested in World War II or in spy and espionage activities.?Dorothy Lilly, Grosse Pointe North H.S. Lib., Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. Read more Review 'Carefully researched and documented, this work offers an interesting historical view of an emotional and tense time in our history. A valuable source for those interested in World War II or in spy and espionage activities.'--Library Journal'Insidious Foes is notable for its judicious arguement, cohesive organization, and enlarged perspective.'--History'...on the whole a thorough exposition of an important yet hitherto neglected topic. It is well written and researched and represents a distinguished addition to the literature on contemporary American history.'--American Historical Review'...MacDonnell effectively lays out the facts, how each event interacts with others and what result was created.'--Military Review Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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